Agriculture

It’s true: Iowa produces more corn, soybeans, pork and eggs than any other state.

Iowa provides more than seven percent of our nation’s food supply and exports more than $11 billion worth of ag products each year.

That makes us number two ag state in the nation, and the richest per capita. Considering how the top spot belongs to California, which is about three times bigger than Iowa, we’ll own it.

Farmers and ag companies alike value Iowa for its temperate weather conditions and the richest soil in the world, which is why more than 85 percent of Iowa’s land — the equivalent of about 30 million acres — is dedicated to farming. The world’s top seed and plant genetics companies call Iowa home, meaning if you’re a plant scientist, you can join those who are already feeding the world. Speaking of, Iowa is home to The World Food Prize, the foremost international award recognizing individuals who have increased the quality, quantity or availability of food around the globe. It has come to be known as “the Nobel Prize for food and agriculture.”

KNOWLEDGE DROP

The Cultivation Corridor is an economic development organization that promotes the growth of Iowa’s ag-centric economy. Check out cultivationcorridor.org to learn more about what makes Iowa the best place in the country for farmers and ag researchers alike.

Don’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

People aren’t going to stop eating any time soon, which means ag workers in Iowa will always be valuable – and needed. If you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty, you can be part of that $11 billion in Iowa ag exports. After all, it has been said that Iowa has “Fields of Opportunities.” Future Ready Iowa can help you connect with Ag employers across the state.

Fueled

REG, based in Ames, Iowa, is North America’s largest producer of biofuels. See what else Ames has to offer.

Veterans Wanted

Find communities and employers offering specific benefits for Veterans at Homebase Iowa