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Illinois Agriculture

Illinois Agriculture

Illinois Agriculture

A leader of the agricultural pack, Illinois plays a key role in providing food for the U.S. and the world. The Prairie State ranks at the top for several of the nation’s most important commodities, including No. 1 in soybean production, No. 2 in corn and No. 4 in swine, as well as a leader in several specialty crops, such as pumpkins, buckwheat, horseradish and Christmas trees.

Illinois’ driven farmers produce these commodities on 74,300 farms, each averaging about 358 acres in size, which span nearly 27 million acres across the state. Their efforts generate more than $19 billion for Illinois’ economy annually. Farmers benefit from Illinois soil, as the state has some of the richest and most productive soil in the world. Illinois is home to more than 15,000 different soil types.

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Illinois Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

75,087

Farmers Markets

324

Economic Impact

$17.1B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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