of years ago great glaciers subsided leaving the beautiful, rich
soil found today in Kossuth County. It is on these approximately
601,517 total acres of farmland that the primary crops of corn and
soybeans grow. Annual crop production stems from 338,488 acres of
corn and 202,196 acres of soybeans per year with averages of 149
bushels of corn per acre and 44 bushels of soybeans per acre, according
to Iowa State University Extension. Kossuth
County agribusinesses are increasingly interested in seeing local
farmers add value to their product and to develop connections to
larger markets. Kossuth County farmers produce abundant and plentiful
crops. Livestock production is prevalent in the county with hogs,
cattle, sheep, dairy cows, poultry and sheep.
1,395 farms dot the county's
landscape. Kossuth County farms are larger than the typical farm
in Iowa averaging 431 acres, according to ISU Extension Service.
While the age of the typical Iowa farmer is well over age 50, 39%
of farmers in Kossuth County are under the age of 45. While over
half of Kossuth County farmers list farming as their primary occupation,
22% of farmers work 200 or more days off the farm in other careers.
Many of the farmers own the land they farm; 29% are full owners;
45% are part owners, while 26% are tenants. Farms are predominantly
owned by independent resident/owners.
Agribusinesses with worldwide
name recognition are located in Kossuth County. Pioneer Hi-Bred
International, Inc. boasts a seed corn production plant and a separate
research facility. Hormel Foods Corporation is a multinational manufacturer
and marketer of consumer-branded meat and food products with a pepperoni
production facility located in Algona. Hormel Foods has a reputation
for high quality products made in Kossuth County and at other company
facilities throughout the United States. Pioneer and Hormel are
both located on the outskirts of Algona. Green Plains Lakota, a division of Green Plains Renewable Energy, uses 35 million bushels of corn annually. Green Plains Lakota is a 100 MGY ethanol plant and is a public traded company on NASDAQ.
In addition to revenue produced
through farming, our local economy is impacted by the programs administered
by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Kossuth
County Farm Service Agency (KCFSA) funds a variety of programs which
totaled $35,202,002 in FY 2010.
Kossuth County has a new agriculture and motorsports museum located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds at 800 East Fair Street (Hwy 169 South), Algona, IA. The Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum is open Sunday’s from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 ages 6 to 12, children under 5 years old are free. A museum meeting room is also available to rent for meetings and receptions. More information and details available at www.KossuthMuseum.com
the source of all wealth and all culture.”
– Ferdinand Lassalle
Economic Impact Study (PowerPoint)
Farm Operator Profile
Ag Hall of Fame
Ag Energy Day 2009