With the new year comes new opportunities for Indiana agriculture. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says there are big things coming in the new year, “It is going to be an amazing year for Indiana agriculture.”
Last year, the ISDA launched a dairy strategy designed to attract new dairy processing plants to the state to increase our milk processing capacity. McKinney says those plants will be announced in 2016, “We are on the cusp of announcing at least two new dairy processing plants and perhaps even a third.” He said these plants will keep much of Indiana’s dairy production from leaving the state and will give producers more opportunities for marketing their products.
McKinney says that is just the first of several major announcements set for 2016, “Any day now, a European farm equipment manufacturer will be announcing that they will be locating their North American headquarters in Indiana.” In addition, he said there will be expansion of current processing facilities as well as new startup companies. McKinney says Indiana is becoming an agricultural hub.
McKinney, who also serves on the Indiana Economic Development Commission, says it is not only Indiana’s geographic location, but also the Midwest work ethic and Hoosier Hospitality that is attracting these companies, “They also want to do business in a pro-business state like Indiana.”