corn 1908474 960 720March 14 is National Ag Day, an opportunity for Illinois farmers to celebrate and take pride in their craft. Ag Day is celebrated by associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and across the country. Illinois is home to more than 72,000 farms, covering nearly 27 million acres of land – about 75 percent of the state’s land area. The leading producer of soybeans, corn, and swine, Illinois’ climate and varied soil types also enable farmers to grow and raise many other agricultural commodities, including cattle, wheat, oats, fruits and vegetables.

Illinois also grows 90-95 percent of the pumpkins used in processed goods, with most of the processing taking place in Morton, Illinois – which has claimed the title of “Pumpkin Capital of the World” since 1978.

Most farms are still owned and operated by families, with just 3 percent of farms operated by factories or cooperatives.

Ag Day is celebration great opportunity to learn about the importance of farming in Illinois and the individuals who dedicate their lives to feeding the world.
For more information, visit the Illinois Farm Bureau website.