Case Study - Iowa Agricultural Economic Contribution

Ever wondered how many jobs an industry contributes to your local economy? Decision Innovation Solutions produced a 2014 report which quantified the economic contributions of agriculture and other important industries to the state of Iowa and all 99 counties. The report was an update of data provided in a 2009 report. As part of the report:

  • DIS developed customized models for each county in Iowa
  • 2012 Census of Agriculture data was used to calibrate IMPLAN (economic impact software) data to ensure accuracy
  • Detailed agriculture and agribusiness classifications were aggregated into crops, livestock and other agriculture and compared with all other nonagricultural industry classifications
  • Maps were created to show geographic relationships between the presence and importance of agriculture to a county's economy
  • Charts were generated to illustrate answers to questions such as "What income is attributed to the livestock industry?"
  • Decision Innovation Solutions also recently completed this same report for South Dakota and Illinois. For information on those studies please see the links to the right.

For the full 2014 report click here
For the full 2009 report click here

Want to learn more about a specific county in Iowa click here Iowa County Map

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