Animal Agriculture Grows Your Local Economy

With increasing global demand for meat and poultry products, Illinois offers great potential for diversified farms. Animal agriculture plays a key role in the economic health of our communities. Understanding the local impact of diversification helps build community support for new and expanding barns.

Animal Agriculture: An Economic Engine for Illinois

Animal agriculture provides significant income and jobs in Illinois, and it is the No. 1 customer for Illinois soybeans. The animal agriculture industry – raising and processing meat and dairy and producing animal feed – is an economic engine for Illinois. The industry generates real economic growth, employing more than 59,700 people in Illinois and creating an additional $80 for every $100 invested.

These maps show the nearly $16.8 billion industry by Illinois county. See how cattle, pork, poultry and processing contribute to local economies. Roll over a county to see the total animal agriculture output and jobs. Clicking categories above the map will change the map color to show prominent counties and regions for each segment of animal agriculture. The total animal agriculture industry economic contribution will be more than the sum of industry segments shown.