Agriculture in Ohio

From Ohio History Central

When Ohio was founded, almost 200 years ago, it was mainly an agricultural state. Since then, Ohioans have developed other kinds of business and industry, forcing changes in land use. Today, agriculture accounts for less than 10% of the state's gross product. In 1995, sale of farm products brought in $4.6 billion. And less than 1% of Ohio's total personal income comes from farming --- about $1.4 billion in 1994. Still, for many people agriculture continues to be worth their time and effort, and a fulfilling way of life.


  • 1992 Census of Agriculture. Ohio State and County Data (Washington, DC, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1995).
  • 1995 Ohio Agricultural Statistics and Ohio Department of Agriculture Annual Report (Columbus, OH, Ohio Department of Agriculture).
  • 1995 Ohio Farm Income, by Stanley R. Thompson, et al. (Wooster, OH, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1997).
  • The Agriculture of Ohio, by W.A. Lloyd, J.I. Faloner and C.E. Thorne (Wooster, OH, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin 326, 1918).
  • Geography of Ohio, by Peacefull, Leonard, ed. (Kent, Ohio, Kent State University Press, 1996).
  • History of Agriculture in Ohio to 1880, by Robert Leslie Jones (Kent, OH, Kent State University Press, 1983).
  • The Ohio Almanac by Michael O'Bryant, editor (Wilmington, OH, Orange Frazer Press, 1997).Ohio County Profiles, by The Ohio State University Extension (Columbus, OH, The Ohio State University, 1997).

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