BIG IMPACT

Soybean Facts

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN ILLINOIS ADDS $30.4 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT AND 59,700 JOBS.

ILLINOIS WAS THE TOP SOYBEAN-PRODUCING STATE IN 2016, GROWING 593 MILLION BUSHELS OF SOYBEANS.

IN 2016, ILLINOIS FARMERS HARVESTED NEARLY 14% OF THE U.S. SOYBEAN CROP.

HOGS EAT 74% OF THE SOYBEAN MEAL FED IN ILLINOIS.

THE BIODIESEL INDUSTRY SUPPORTS APPROXIMATELY 2,000 ILLINOIS JOBS. A RENEWABLE FUEL, BIODIESEL IS MADE IN PART FROM SOYBEANS.

58% OF ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ACRES ARE FARMED WITH SOME FORM OF CONSERVATION TILLAGE, WHICH LEAVES STALKS AND PLANT MATTER FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S HARVEST ON THE GROUND TO PREVENT SOIL EROSION AND PROTECT WATER QUALITY.

THERE ARE 43,000 ILLINOIS SOYBEAN FARMERS AND 10 MILLION SOYBEAN ACRES COVERING ABOUT 1/4 OF ILLINOIS.

ABOUT 40% OF OUR WHOLE SOYBEANS ARE CRUSHED IN ILLINOIS, AND THE MEAL FEEDS LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY. THE REST ARE EXPORTED AND CRUSHED OVERSEAS.

THE ILLINOIS SOYBEAN CROP ADDS NEARLY $7.48 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT TO OUR STATE.

With 48 total railroad companies, Illinois is the the only state in which all seven Class I freight lines operate and has more than 7,000 miles of track to move commodities like soybeans.

ILLINOIS USES MORE BIODIESEL THAN ANY OTHER STATE. BIODIESEL REDUCES PARTICULATE MATTER BY 47%, MEANING LESS SMOG AND CLEANER AIR ACROSS ILLINOIS.

ANIMAL AG IS THE NO. 1 CUSTOMER FOR SOYBEANS. OF THE SOYBEAN MEAL FED IN ILLINOIS, PIGS CONSUME 74%, POULTRY 13%, AND BEEF AND DAIRY CATTLE 12%.

WITH MORE THAN 1,100 MILES OF NAVIGABLE WATERWAYS AND 65 GRAIN ELEVATORS LOCATED ALONG THE STATE'S RIVERS, ILLINOIS WATERWAYS AND BARGE TRANSPORT ARE THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE MEANS FOR MOVING BULK PRODUCTS, LIKE SOYBEANS.

97% of Illinois farms are family-owned.