Speaker At Rotary Talks Agriculture

by Mackenzie Stasko on May 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

The speaker at Tuesday’s weekly Rotary meeting was Bill Huston, the County Executive Director for the Muskingum-Morgan Farm Service Agency. Huston gave Rotary members an update about the economic impact of the agriculture business and the new types of farming that are being developed in Muskingum County.

"Just the status of agriculture in Muskingum County as most people know, it’s one of the largest industries and the largest employer in the county. But what a lot of people don’t realize is how diverse we are in Muskingum and Morgan," said Huston.

Huston says most people don’t know how diversified farming is in Muskingum County and says there’s a huge economic impact that people sometimes overlook.

"Gross sales in this county are about 30 million dollars and like any other manufacturing industry, agriculture has a multiplying effect. So every dollar we generate in sales really generates another 3-5 dollars in the community, so it’s a huge economic driver in this area."

Huston also mentioned that he hopes people realize how important the agriculture business is in our county.