Illinois Farms Impact State Economy

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According to a 2015 Decision Innovation Solutions study, farming impacts the state economy by providing billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

In 2012, production agriculture and agriculture-related industries accounted for 432,831 jobs, or about 1 in every 17 jobs in Illinois.

Crop farming is a significant part of agriculture’s economic contribution. Statewide output attributed to crop production and further processing is more than $56.7 billion and is responsible for 197,353 jobs.

Livestock farming also is a significant part of agriculture’s economic contribution. Statewide output attributed to livestock production and further processing is $14.1 billion and is responsible for 52,124 jobs.

READ MORE: View the entire 2015 Illinois Agriculture Economic Contribution study

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