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Product Ohio Ranking Total
Total Ag Receipts 2nd $559,494,000
Crop Receipts 3rd $180,379,000
Livestock Receipts 2nd $379,116,000
Corn 1st $87,021,000
Soybeans 2nd $82,483,000
Wheat 14th $6,242,000
Nursery & Greenhouse 38th $1,227,000
Milk Cows 7th $29,509,000
Cattle & Calves 4th $32,421,000
Hogs & Pigs 2nd $95,898,000
Poultry & Eggs 2nd $220,906,000
Sheep & Goats 28th $220,000


Number of Farms 1,693
Average Farm Size 201 Acres
Total Land in Farms 339,981 Acres
Total Cropland in Farms 311,595 Acres
On-Farm Grain Storage Capacity (bu.) 21,080,041

Darke County is one of the top agricultural counties in Ohio. Major farm products are soybeans, corn, hogs, poultry, livestock, wheat, dairy products, and beef cattle. The county’s 339,981 acres of farmland are divided into 1,693 farms. The average farm is 201 acres.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and 2012 Census of Agriculture websites, Darke County ranked second in the state of Ohio for total ag receipts with $559,494,000. Also, Darke County was first in corn, second in soybean production, fourteenth in wheat, fourth in cattle and calves, and second in hogs and pigs.

The OSU Extension is a dynamic educational entity that partners with individuals, families, communities, business and industry, and organizations to strengthen the lives of Ohioans. In Darke County they offer program areas including 4-H Youth Development, Community Development, Agricultural and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Carteens, Master Gardener Volunteers, and SNAP-Ed.

According to the Ohio Department of Development, 85.28% of Darke County’s 600 square miles is used for cultivated crops, pasture, and hay and only 8.02% is developed for residential, commercial, and industrial use.

Chamber Issues Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin is a document certifying that goods being exported were produced in a particular country. It usually accompanies the exporter’s / shipper’s invoice or the Bill of Lading and is required by most countries. Whenever certificates of origin are requested of United States producers, they usually apply to countries in which the U.S. has a special trade relationship or agreement. A Certificate of Origin and Affidavit may be obtained from the Darke County Chamber of Commerce office.

Darke County Agriculture
A Certificate of Origin was issued to Baker Livestock for export of miniature silky fainting goats to Kuwait. Pictured left to right are Judy Baker, Larry Baker, Chamber President Sharon Deschambeau, and Sam Custer, Darke County Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources-Ohio State University.