Why is a growing livestock industry important?
Livestock Producers: A larger industry means a stronger one. A strong industry gives producers a greater competitive edge through efficiencies in regulation, technology, transportation, strategic marketing, and more.
Grain Producers: Livestock is the strongest domestic market for Illinois corn. Each year, the state’s livestock eats 118 million bushels worth of corn and 31 million bushes of soybean meal.
Community Members: Our nation’s food security depends on domestic production. Plus Illinois’ economy depends on farms that flourish and rural communities that prosper. Each year, the Illinois livestock industry generates:
- $3.5 billion in economic activity
- $292 million in state tax revenue
- 25,385 jobs