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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.

Illinois Consumers Growing Together With Community Gardens

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Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Grow Success

Illinois fruit and vegetable farms develop new varieties through grant programs.

From Farm to Fork: Illinois Ag Groups Ramp Up Consumer Outreach...

Illinois agriculture groups are making it a goal to bring the farm to consumers so they are more connected with where their food comes from.

Illinois Farmers Embrace Technology

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

Illinois Logo Program Promotes Specialty Crop Producers

Illinois' "Where Fresh Is" marketing program and other state education services connect consumers to local specialty crop growers.

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

Illinois Grain Insurance Fund Provides Safety Net for Farmers

Illinois Grain Insurance Fund prevents losses for farmers due to failed grain dealers and warehousemen.

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