When thinking of Indiana agriculture, most people gravitate toward vast fields of corn and soybeans. And while those crops are extremely important to the state, Indiana has earned its spot in top national rankings for several other commodities. The Hoosier State is 10th nationally in total agricultural production and in the top five for crop production, thanks to the abundance of corn and soybeans. It’s also ranked fifth in the nation for swine production and third for poultry. In the fruits and vegetables category, Indiana takes the fifth spot for cantaloupe production, sixth for tomatoes and watermelon, and 12th for blueberries.
Indiana may be known for corn, but the state’s aquaculture industry (or fish farming) is gaining speed. Indiana produces roughly 1.5 million pounds of fish per year, ringing in at a total estimated value of $15 million for the state’s economy. About 40 farmers grow several types of fish including tilapia, yellow perch, prawns, baitfish, catfish, shrimp and more.