Darke County Chamber of Commerce hosts 2022 farm tour

VERSAILLES — The Darke County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Farm Tour on Friday.

The Darke County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, in cooperation with OSU Extension and Darke Soil and Water Conservation District hosted an elected officials Farm Tour on Friday, Aug. 12. Elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels were invited to attend this event.

“We have a strong agricultural community here in Darke County,” Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (DSWCD) Administrator, Jared Coppess said.

Darke County has approximately 344,000 acres of farmland with 96 percent being family owned farms. The Farm Tour was designed to showcase the agricultural conservation in the county and bring together the leaders in the community, as well as, present all the on-farm research going on to ensure the best crop and livestock production.

OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for Darke County Taylor Dill gave a pre-tour speech regarding the economic impact of ag in Darke County; new data comes out every five years for agriculture.

“We are the ninth biggest area of land in the state, 92 percent of that land is tillable, and 96 percent of that land is owned by family farms. I find this to be a very impressive number for Darke County and for the United States in general,” Dill said.

Darke County’s statistics continued to impress as Ohio has ranked first in corn and soybean production, second in pork, egg, and meat production, fourth in cattle and calf production, and ninth in milking cows.

“We are the number one county in Ohio for corn and soybean production, so we are the….

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