Iowa Ag Intel
2019 Iowa Agricultural Economic Contribution Study
Based on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2017 Census of Agriculture and the IMPLAN system
Iowa is home to 86,104 farms, of which more than 90 percent are family owned. With all the talk of “Big Ag” coming to dominate agriculture, the average farm size in Iowa has held steady since the turn of the century: 355 acres in 2017, 345 acres in 2012, 331 acres in 2007 and 350 acres in 2002.
Iowa farms support a healthy and productive livestock industry. In 2017, Iowa farms helped raise 3.95 million cattle and calves, 938,818 beef cows, 223,579 dairy cows and 22,730,540 hogs and pigs.
Iowa continues to be a national and global leader in agriculture, ranking No. 1 in production of hogs, corn, eggs and soybeans – while ranking in the top 5 for red meat production, number of farms, cattle on feed, cash receipts and total value of ag exports.
In 2017, Iowa was the nation’s top producer of corn and soybeans, producing approximately 2.6 billion bushels of corn and nearly 554 million bushels of soybeans.
Want to learn more about a specific county in Iowa?
Use the interactive map below to view the agriculture facts associated with each of the 99 counties in Iowa.