06/13/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/13/2021 09:08
The region boasts an extensive list of ag business concentration and industry dominance amounting to more than 1,000 ag-related businesses. Agriculture drives $1 out of every $3 in the regional economy - generating more than $10 billion annually. Ag is currently the largest business industry segment, with more than $15.3 billion in sales annually.
Four focus areas drive GreenSeam's work:
The five-year goals and outcomes are tangible - and are making progress on the impact it aims to make on the region.
In March, GreenSeam released its second 'State of Ag' report, which provides deeper insights into the future of ag. While other organizations may have studied agriculture, none had a report that focused on the ag industry from a holistic standpoint, Ziegler said. The 2021 report touched on challenges businesses faced due to COVID-19, talent, policy, and more.
'Some of the issues we can address and take on as a goal for our organization. Others we can pass on to others,' Ziegler said.
GreenSeam is a collection of more than traditional ag-related businesses, Ziegler said. The ag economy may start with natural resources and crops, but it ripples into engineering, manufacturing and research, he said.