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Friday, May 01, 2015

In Ohio, agriculture is king.

While our state has a diverse and growing economy, there is no doubt that agriculture is Ohio’s number-one industry.

The word agriculture commonly conjures up images of hard, physical labor in a field and dusty barns, but work in the modern agriculture industry is quite different. While it still involves a lot of hard work, if you drive by most Ohio farms today, you’ll see that horses and plows have been mostly replaced by GPS-navigated tractors and combines.

Each month, my office chooses a sector of businesses in Ohio’s economy to highlight. In April, I travelled across the state to bring attention to agriculture in Ohio and the businesses, people, and jobs that make up the $105 billion-per-year industry. In fact, agriculture is so important in our state that 1 in 7 Ohioans is employed in an agriculture-related field.

Agritourism is a growing part of the agriculture industry that invites individuals and families to see how our food is transformed from farm to table. I encourage you to visit my website at to learn about some of these businesses and find a place close to you where you can learn about agriculture in your community, pick your own fruit and buy farm fresh vegetables.

As Ohio’s Secretary of State, my office is the first stop for those who wish to start a new business in our state. That is a role I take very seriously. Every day, we do our part to make Ohio the best place in the nation to start and maintain a business and hire new workers. Be sure to stay tuned to for our next profile to learn about great, female entrepreneurs in our state and women-owned, Ohio businesses.

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