Why Diversify?

Looking for ways to grow your farm? Consider diversifying with pigs, turkeys, chickens, beef or dairy cattle, or other animals. Livestock and poultry add value to your farm, your soybeans and your community. Diversification creates income and labor to bring family members back to the farm. Flexible business model options help spread your risk, manage your workload and allow for future changes. And, access to animal nutrients offsets fertilizer costs, builds healthier soil and supports yields.


Stories from the Field

Several Illinois producers have share the reasons they chose to diversify their farms. Check out their stories, covering many opportunities to add pigs, cattle or poultry to a farm. Livestock can help aspiring farmers get started, support families, create a legacy and allow the next generation to farm.