Ag production value tops $1.1B in county
It’s no secret that agricultural production is the heart and soul of the Scott County economy - as with most other counties across Western Kansas. But the overall significance of the economic benefit may raise a few eyebrows. According to census data compiled by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, crops and livestock sales in 2017 (the most recent year when data is available) topped $1.13 billion. Crop production is based on 236 farms covering 460,338 acres. Data from 2018 and 2019 shows that the impact of agriculture continues to grow in terms of dollar value and overall employment. In 2018, agriculture, food and food processing supported 1,531 jobs in the county - or 44.9 percent of the entire workforce. As of June 28 of 2019, that had increased to 1,570 jobs.
According to KDA data, employment directly related to agriculture was 666 jobs in 2018 and 851 jobs in 2019. The overall impact of those sectors on the local economy in 2018 was $171.9 million. As of this year, that had climbed to $211.6 million.
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