Value-Added Agriculture

Iowa produces one-fourteenth of the nation’s food supply and leads the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs. This base provides a robust strength to the region and the agricultural sector and its supply chain is likely to remain strong and vibrant given global food security needs and an expanding biobased products sector. Reivew industry reports for dairy, egg, and turkey to learn more about Iowa's leadership position in value-added agriculture and food production.


Iowa offers great benefit to dairy farmersCompetitive advantages that Iowa offers to the dairy industry have resulted in Iowa being the only Midwestern state that has experienced an increase in milk production, estimated at 19 % over the past two decades. With ample quality feed, stable prices, access to markets and a strong support system for production agriculture, the potential for growth will likely continue. Read more.

Food Ingredients

Iowa leads the nation in the productio of corn.

Iowa produces one-fourteenth of the nations’ food supply and is the largest producer of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs in the United States. The state’s rich soil supports major crops such as corn and soybeans used to produce high quality inputs (yeast, enzymes, sweeteners, flavors, proteins, fibers, gelatins and binders.) that are critical to the world’s food industry. Facilities throughout Iowa are continually developing new varieties, processes, and technologies. Iowa’s ingredient innovators collaborate extensively with food processors and Iowa’s research institutes to create solutions and new products. Learn more.


Iowa’s poultry industry is an important agricultural value-added activity providing income and Iowa leads the nation in egg production.employment opportunities for rural areas in Iowa. Iowa has a diversified poultry industry with strength in egg production as well as turkey and chickens. Annual production includes:

Chicken inventory at nearly 53 million head
Turkey inventory at 8.54 million head
Egg production at 16.5 billion

Iowa advantages supporting the poultry industry include high quality and available feed at low costs and access to a large food processing industry that provide value-added opportunities. Find out more.