Agribusiness in Lima
Agriculture is the complex industry of producing food and fiber for a world population. The fertile soils of this region have supported a dominant production agriculture industry for over 150 years. Soybean and corn fields occupy much of the landscape, and truth be told, on any given day there is a far larger population of hogs in this region than people. Our agricultural producers represent family farm operations with a generational commitment and influence that further strengthens and secures agriculture in Allen County.
Local farmers have a logistical grain crop market advantage because the region is home to numerous corn and soybean grain buyers – including ethanol, milled corn, bean meal, and bean oil processing facilities. Almost half of the farm revenue comes from livestock production, which means that the citizens of this region enjoy quick access to high quality, fresh, local meats. Local commodity markets, whether purchasing or processing operations, do give our farmers national and world market connections.
Agribusinesses are important to our regional agriculture economy, as they support our farm operations with a dynamic offering of equipment, products, supplies and services. These commercial and cooperative businesses are also supporting the advanced technology that is rapidly evolving and being adopted by local farmers in our region. Just like our farms, our agribusinesses are often family operations with extensive histories, and others are long-established cooperatives managed by farmer boards.
If you want to experience the region’s impressive annual showcases of agriculture, then be sure and visit the livestock, crop, machinery and other agribusiness exhibits featured during our eight county fairs beginning June 22 in Putnam County and ending Sept. 13 in Hardin County.