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Agribusiness

Hopkinsville-Christian County has strong agricultural roots dating back to the settlements in the 1790’s. It has been a strong and consistent leader in the production of corn, winter wheat, soybeans, and tobacco. 

Christian County ranks:

  • #1 crops for cash receipts
  • #1 winter wheat
  • #2 corn
  • #3 dark fired tobacco
  • #4 soybeans

 

Other key production includes burley tobacco, alfalfa hay, other hay, cattle, and calves and milk production. The USDA and Kentucky Department of Agriculture statistics indicate total crop receipts and total livestock receipts added up to nearly $105 million in 2006. 


The county is the second largest in area in Kentucky at 722 square miles and has an estimated 1,150 farms with over 300,000 acres of farmland, with 230,000 acres in cropland. Our average size farm is 267 acres. 

While industry continues to be a vital growth factor and has supplanted considerable farmland, other acreage has been cleared so that we actually have more working farmland today than we did five years ago. 

Our climate is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm summers. This results in an average annual temperature of 57 degrees. Normal rainfall for the year is 50 inches. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year. The least rainfall usually occurs in August, September, and October. The wettest months are usually March and December. The growing season averages 194 days. The first killing frost occurs the third week of October. 

Agriculture has become a highly technical industry and Christian County farmers realized the need for continuing education and technical training concerning implements, machinery, fertilizers, chemicals, seeds, and overall good farming practice. Because of this progressive attitude, Christian County continues to be an agricultural leader and example of good farming practices. The Hopkinsville Community College has a technical center specializing in agricultural classes. FFA classes at local high schools have over 200 members. The local 4-H group is extremely active serving over a thousand members in a variety of subjects. 

Several grain, food and fuel processing and manufacturing plants have located here and more are expected. This provides an “on-site” market for local farmers and industry as well. 

The Chamber of Commerce maintains an Agri-Business Committee that promotes “Ag Week”. The Agri-Business Committee promotes local agriculture with two events annually with a media blitz via newspaper, radio, and television; one in March during National Agriculture Week and again in July during Christian County Agriculture Week. It honors local farmers in the following four fields; Agri-Business of the Year, Farmer of the Year, Distinguished Service, and Friend of Agriculture. The committee also awards scholarships each year to a student who will pursue an agricultural course in college.  



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