Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment

Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.

OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.

Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.

Agriculture in Muskingum County

There are about 1,100 farms covering 195,000 acres in Muskingum County. About 40 percent of the county is forested. There is a diverse array of soil types scattered throughout the county. The most productive agricultural soils are located along the Muskingum River and Wakatomika Creek.

The most important county agricultural commodities in terms of income are beef, dairy, horticultural crops, corn, soybeans, and pork. Hayland and pasture make up much of the agricultural ground. Muskingum County has ranks near the top of the state in the number of beef cows, the number of sheep and hay acreage.

Muskingum County serves as a regional center for agribusinesses including grain and feed suppliers, livestock marketing facilities, farm machinery dealers and retail horticultural sales.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at http://agnr.osu.edu.

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.