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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



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Economic Impact


Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

Recent Articles

Illinois Raises Champions

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

Illinois Consumers Growing Together With Community Gardens

Opportunities for community gardens teach consumers about agriculture.

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Illinois Beef Producers Bounce Back After Drought

Illinois beef producers keep a positive outlook despite the 2012 drought.

DriftWatch Program Helps Communication Between Pesticide Applicators and Specialty Farmers

Online resource DriftWatch helps specialty crop growers virtually plot their farms so pesticide applicators can avoid them.

Illinois Farmers Embrace Technology

Spirit Farms embraces the latest technology to grow corn and soybeans.

Where Do Illinois Corn and Soybeans Go?

Discover the important uses for Illinois corn and soybeans.

I’ll See You on the Fair’s Pork Patio

My first stop at the Illinois State Fair is the Pork Patio, featuring fair food favorites made with Illinois farm-raised pork.

Illinois Agriculture 2016

The third edition of Illinois Agriculture is a guide to Illinois farms, forests, food and exports, this magazine is published in partnership with the Illinois Department of...

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