Agriculture, Bio-Science and Animal Health

Pottawatomie County has multiple competitive advantages that make the agri-business industry a promising source of potential future economic growth. Pottawatomie County sits in a multi-state region (including parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas) that has some of the most productive agricultural farmlands in the world. It is also in the middle of one of the top cattle-producing regions in the world (including parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas). Pottawatomie County has an ideal geographical location for agri-business firms whose primary function is to produce or distribute goods to the U.S. market because it is situated between the geographical center of the U.S. (Lebanon, KS) and the nation‘s mean center of population (Plato, MO).

Pottawatomie County has a strong existing support infrastructure of industries related to agri-business including ag services, finance, ag equipment and ag related manufacturing, which is an advantage in attracting new agri-business firms. Kansas State University, which is ranked in the top 25 universities in the U.S. for agricultural sciences R&D investments, is a major regional asset immediately adjacent to Pottawatomie County that supports growth in Pottawatomie County’s agri-business industry.  Food processing is a dominant sector in the west due to the direct access to an abundance of raw food materials, (including pork; beef; soybeans; corn; wheat; barley; canola and other rapidly growing organic products.  

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Ag Contribution

As shown in the above table, agriculture, food, and food processing sectors support 1,860 jobs, or 13.31% of the entire workforce in the county. These sectors provide a total economic contribution of approximately $364.1 million (roughly 32.08% of the economy.)

Top Ten Ag

In the top ten agriculture, food, and food processing sectors by employment, the beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots and dual-purpose ranching and farming sector is the top employer with 495 employees. This table also shows the amount of jobs that are created by the agriculture industry in Pottawatomie County.

Output Ag

The breakfast cereal manufacturing sector directly contributes approximately $107.2 million to the Pottawatomie County economy. The table below also shows the amount of revenue that is generated in other industries by having a strong agriculture industry.

Ag Processing Sector

Above is a summary of all agriculture data with employment levels and output level. These values can tell how many jobs are represented by each agriculture, food, and food processing sector and the output they contributed to the Pottawatomie County economy.

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