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(2017 Census of Agriculture)

Product Ohio Ranking Total
Total Ag Receipts 2nd $516,193,000
Crop Receipts 1st $161,414,000
Livestock Receipts 2nd $354,779,000
Grains 1st $155,822,000
Vegetables 19th $1,767,000
Fruits 34th $258,000
Nursery & Greenhouse 39th $1,669,000
Other Crops & Hay 38th $1,899,000
Milk Cows 8th $32,175,000
Cattle & Calves 4th $26,658,000
Hogs & Pigs 2nd $108,634,000
Poultry & Eggs 2nd $186,813,000
Sheep & Goats 42nd $196,000
Horses & Donkeys 42nd $212,000
Other Animals 41st $91,000

(2017 Census of Agriculture)

Number of Farms 1,658
Average Farm Size 207 Acres
Total Land in Farms 434,774 Acres
Total Cropland in Farms 306,624 Acres

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 343,774 acres of farmland are divided into 1,658 farms. The average farm is 207 acres.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and 2017 Census of Agriculture websites, Darke County ranked second in the state of Ohio for total ag receipts with $516,193,000. Also, Darke County was first in grain production, fourth in cattle and calves, second in hogs and pigs, and second in poultry and eggs.

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, and SNAP-Ed.

According to the Ohio Department of Development, 85.89% of Darke County’s 600 square miles is used for cultivated crops, pasture, and hay and only 7.2% 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.