There are approximately 2 million acres of land in the county. Much of it is suitable for agriculture but so far, most of the land is producing timber. Most of the land that has been developed for farming is in the Caldwell Brook, Little Fork, Big Fork, Sturgeon, Black, Rapid and Rainy River valleys.
A number of disastrous forest fires destroyed hundreds of acres of timber, farm buildings, livestock and lives. The fires, destructive as they were, made it possible for the settlers to clear large tracts of land. In places where the peat has been burned off the land, it is now used for farming.
Much of the agricultural land in the county is especially suitable for grazing. Hay grasses and clover grow abundantly. Many farmers are raising beef cattle profitably which at present is more extensive than dairy farming. There are a few flocks of sheep. Horses are being raised for riding.