The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) contracted with Dr. Peter Goldsmith, UIUC to conduct economic contribution studies for our state’s animal agriculture sector. Dr. Goldsmith’s research was conducted in 2001, 2004, and then again in 2010. Trend data from these studies show Illinois has a growing animal agriculture sector.
A new contractor has developed data for Illinois’ animal ag sector, with similar results. The latest study, conducted in 2015, show a sector that is making a significant contribution to the state’s economy.
Illinois county-level data can be accessed by accessing the DIS website here.
Copies of the full report can be downloaded here.