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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.

Homegrown by Heroes in Illinois

Homegrown by Heroes aids Illinois' farmer veterans.

Illinois Agritourism Educates Visitors in Entertaining Ways

Illinois' agritourism industry brings fun to the farm, while teaching people about the importance of agriculture.

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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Illinois Raises Champions

Illinois students develop important skills for future success while raising livestock.

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Last week, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange laid to rest a 50-year-old tradition: trading pork-belly futures, aka bacon.

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The sixth and seventh generations run Eckert’s Country Store and Farms in Belleville, the largest you-pick apple and peach orchard in the nation.

Breaking the Mold: Old Dairy Farm Turns to Artisan Cheese

A dairy farming family finds a way to stay in business by moving from milk production to Jersey cheese.

Corn, Soybeans and Pork Top Illinois’ Agricultural Commodities

Illinois is one of the nation's top producers of corn, soybeans, and pork thanks to high-quality soil and easy access to abundant grain.

What Is Ethanol and Its Connection to Corn?

We all see the signs for ethanol at our gas pumps, but do you know how ethanol is made?

Corn by the Numbers

Learn fun facts and farmer statistics about corn, such as the size of a bushel of corn.

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