About Holmes County Agriculture and Natural 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. More detailed information about agriculture in the county is available from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Agricultural Statistics Service Annual Report or by contacting the local Extension office.

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Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration; Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Director, Ohio State University Extension; and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership.

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