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Indiana State Department of Agriculture

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The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. The Director of ISDA is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Administratively, ISDA reports to the Lt. Governor, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.

Vision & Mission


Indiana agriculture will be a global leader in innovation and commercialization for food, fuel and fiber production.


ISDA will support growth in Indiana agriculture by serving as an advocate at the local, state and federal level; defining and nurturing economic opportunity in the food, fuel and fiber sectors; and enhancing the stewardship of natural resources on agricultural land.

Strategies & Initiatives

ISDA resources are devoted to nine initiatives under three strategies:

  • Advocacy (Outreach, Regulatory Coordination and Policy Development Initiatives): Serve as an advocate for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Enhance the stewardship of natural resources on agricultural land in a manner that creates value-added opportunity for producers and assists agriculture stakeholders with current and future regulatory challenges.
  • Economic Opportunity (Hardwoods, Entrepreneurship, Livestock, International Trade and Bioenergy Initiatives): Define and nurture economic opportunity, including technology development, in the food, fuel and fiber sectors.


Facts on Indiana Agriculture

Indiana agriculture - By the numbers

  • $31.2 billion: Total value of sales for all Indiana agriculture-related products (estimated)
  • $11.2 billion: Total value of agriculture products sold in Indiana
    • Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in agricultural sales
  • $4.6 billion: Indiana’s agricultural exports
  • 446 million: Number of pounds of shelled popcorn produced
  • 14.7 million: Acres of farmland cultivated by Indiana's farming operations
  • 1.1 million: Number of acres of cover crops planted in 2015
  • 107,500: Jobs supported by Indiana agriculture
  • 37,000: Number of acres of vegetables harvested for sale
  • 57,500 Number of farming operations in Indiana
  • 256: Average size of an Indiana farm (in acres)
  • 97 percent: Indiana's farms are family-owned
  • 83 percent: Land in Indiana that is farms, forests and woodland

Source: USDA NASS; Economic Research Service; Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Beyond the Farm

Top 5 National Rankings

  • Indiana ranks 1st in commercial duck production, wood office furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing.
  • Indiana ranks 2nd in popcorn production, tomatoes for processing, ice cream production, and cropland planted with a cover crop.
  • Indiana ranks 3rd in egg layers inventory and total eggs produced.
  • Indiana ranks 4th in turkeys raised, peppermint, spearmint, fresh market cantaloupe, and snap beans for processing.
  • Indiana ranks 5th in corn (for grain), soybeans, and hog production.


Top 5 Indiana commodities (by value of sales)

  • $3.68 billion: Corn
  • $2.73 billion: Soybeans
  • $1.81 billion: Poultry and eggs
  • $1.54 billion: Meat animals
  • $688 million: Dairy

Note: These five commodity groups accounted for almost 94 percent of the 2015 cash receipts. Source: USDA NASS