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Agriculture Related Resources
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Agriculture Resources

 
Holmes County is unique in that it is home to the largest Amish settlement in the country and brings with it a diverse agriculture.  Agriculture in Holmes County is an important part of the local economy – generating more than $126,000,000 in gross receipts.  Holmes County agriculture includes livestock, grains, forages, and timber.  The county is ranked first in the production of oats, second in hay production, third in cattle and calves, and third in milk cows.  There are 1,760 farms in the county with the total land in farms equaling 196,000 acres.  The average farm size is 111 acres. 

The western half of the county includes dairy, forage crops, and is where much of the commercial grain is raised.  The eastern half of the county is mostly Amish who raise dairy cattle and forage crops.  Many of these farms are smaller in size, both in the number of animals raised and acres grown.

Data

2008 Holmes County Ag Profile

Grants & Financing

The Ohio State Treasury, Ag-Link Deposit Program provides reduced-rate financing to Ohio farmers to help offset the high cost of borrowing operating funds.   Annually, the Treasury allocates funds to secure reduced-rate certificates of deposit from eligible lending institutions, which in turn are utilized to provide operating loans to farmers at below-market rates.  More than 28,000 Ag-Link applications have been approved, totaling $1.9 billion, since 1985.


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Ag-Link Deposit


 Federal Resources

The United States Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.   A dynamic organization USDA is able to efficiently provide the integrated program delivery needed to lead a rapidly evolving food and agriculture system.


State Resources

The foremost responsibility of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is safeguarding the health of Ohio’s food supply, consumers, environment, animals and plants. The department does this by providing regulatory protection in the following areas: food including meat and dairy safety; plant pest control; pesticide regulation and other plant industry interests; animal health; amusement ride safety; weights and measures; and oversight of Ohio’s large-scale livestock and poultry operations.  The department also promotes Ohio’s agricultural products in domestic and international markets.


Local Resources

Ohio State University Extension brings the knowledge of the university to your door. Fulfilling the land-grant mission of Ohio State University, the Extension Office interprets the knowledge and research developed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State and other land-grant universities, so that Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

The four major OSU Extension program areas are:

    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • 4-H Youth Development
    • Community Development
    • Agriculture and Natural Resources