ISA’s livestock initiative has sponsored several research studies that have helped Indiana livestock producers continue improving their operations.
Indiana Animal Agriculture: Regional Economic Impact Report
March 31, 2014, Agralytica Consulting
Indiana continues to be one of the bright spots for animal agriculture. Production in the state has grown in all product categories, save for beef, over the past ten years. The state remains an attractive place to do business for animal agriculture, with locally available feed and supportive state policies. In an annual report for the United Soybean Board on the state-level economic impacts of animal agriculture Agralytica calculated the following economic impacts in Indiana:
- $7.3 billion in economic output
- $1.3 billion in additional household earnings
- 38,219 jobs; and
- $298 million in tax receipts.
At a more localized level, most Indiana business leaders and government officials are well aware that existing animal agriculture operations make a significant economic contribution to local communities. This study examined the impacts in the state’s nine agricultural reporting districts in 2012 and found that for several the impact on local economic activity exceeded $1 billion, resulting in thousands of additional local jobs. The full study can be found here.
Cost of Community Services Study
Managing Swine Manure In Soybean Production Systems
This project proposes to evaluate the ability of soybean to be a nutrient management option for swine manure applications. Objectives are to determine:
- the optimal swine manure application rates for N uptake, grain N removal, and grain yield for first-crop soybean.
- the differences in N uptake and grain N removal between soybean and corn.
- the optimal swine manure application rates for N uptake, grain N removal and grain yield for double-crop soybean.
(Began summer of 2012 and follow through crop season 2013.)