With some of the richest and most productive soil in the world, over 90 percent of its land used for agriculture, and a plethora of other agricultural advantages, it’s no wonder Iowa ranks second in the nation for ag production. Iowa is also second in total agricultural exports, with farmers exporting more than $10 billion worth of ag products in 2013.
Leading agricultural commodities in the Hawkeye State, which are produced on more than 30 million acres of farmland, include corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs. Red meat is a leading product, too, and 6.6 billion pounds of red meat were manufactured in 2014. Iowa also helps fuel the nation’s vehicles – over 25 percent of ethanol used in the U.S. is produced in Iowa.