Core Industries

Food Processing & Value-Added Agriculture in East Central Indiana

Indiana’s food processing industry consists of 487 establishments employing more than 32,000 people and represents 5.7 percent of Indiana’s manufacturing employment.

Indiana is undeniably a national leader in agricultural production of both crops and livestock. The state's 60,000 farms cover 19.4 million acres of land and generated $11.2 billion in farm gate sales in 2012—ranking the state 10th in the nation in agricultural production value, even though it ranks only 18th in total farmland. That same year, Indiana agriculture exports reached a record $4.7 billion. The broader food and agriculture sector contributes $16 billion to Indiana's Gross State Product and employs 19 percent of the Hoosier workforce. Agriculture in Indiana clearly represents a high-performance economic sector in terms of productivity and impact.


Major Employers  
Central States Grain terminal
Concannon's Pastry Shop  Commercial bakery
Weaver Popcorn Popcorn
Café Valley Baked goods
Tyson Foods Food processing
Purina Animal food processing
Wayne Dairy Products Dairy processor
Richmond Baking Co Cookies and crackers
Hills Pet Nutrition Indiana Inc Pet food processing
Sugar Creek Packing Co. Ready-To-Eat protein processor
Red Gold Food processing
Nestle USA Beverage manufacturing
Blue Buffalo Pet Products Animal food processing
Pioneer Hi-Bred Int. Seed company
Precision Soya Seed conditioning & warehousing
Boar's Head Meat processing


SOC Description Ave Hourly Wage Median Hourly Wage

Experienced Level Wage

51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers $26.75 $24.99 $31.35
51-9198 Helpers – Production Workers $11.86 $11.32 $13.48
51-9199 Production Workers, All Other $17.35 $17.20 $20.10
51-3011 Bakers $10.97 $10.30 $12.38
51-3092 Food Batchmakers $12.44 $11.01 $14.12
51-3099 Food Processing Workers $11.98 $11.29 $13.49
45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop $10.93 $10.37 $12.18
45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch and Aquacultural Animals $9.54 $9.06 $10.34
45-2099 Agricultural Workers $14.71 $13.05 $17.59

Source: JobsEQ® Data as of 2017

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Local Farms in East Central Indiana

Black Snake Cattle Company (Blackford County)
Gospel Trails Farm (Blackford County)
Spangler Farms (Delaware County)
Pinehurst Farm (Delaware County)
Ring Family Farm (Delaware County)
Victory Acres Farm & CSA (Grant County)
Caprini Creamery (Henry County)
Aspire Indiana Harvestland Farm (Madison County)
Wildflower Ridge Honey (Madison County)
Spring Valley Farms (Wayne County)
Golliher Farm (Wayne County)