Cook County 2012 Agricultural Census Findings*
acres are farmed on 127 farms. For comparison, the Cook County Forest Preserve consists of over 68,000 acres.
acres are irrigated on 26 farms.
farms are principal occupation. 71 are part time.
principal operators are male; 25% are female.
- 79% of the county's annual agricultural sales comes from floriculture crops, including those grown in nurseries and greenhouses
of Cook County's workforce is involved in agricultural production, processing, or marketing
- 377 acres produce vegetables with 80 additional acres producing sweet corn and 71 acres producing pumpkins
major "traditional" crops are produced in cook county: Corn, Soybeans, Oats, Silage, and Hay.
- 2 largest inventory of livestock reported in Cook County are equine (horses) and colonies of bees; alpacas, beef cattle, chickens, goats, sheep, and rabbits are also featured
*These statistics reflect farmers that chose to return the survey in 2012. Some farmers decline to respond.
Agriculture in Illinois
* Nearly 97% of Illinois farms are family farms.
* Number of farms in Illinois in 1910 - 253,000 (average farm acreage was 147 acres).
* Number of farms in Illinois in 2012 - 75,087 (average farm acreage was 418 acres).
* An acre is about the size of a football field.
* Farmers represent less than 2% of our workforce.
* The average age of a farmer is 58 years old.
* One in four jobs in Illinois depends on Illinois Agriculture.
2014 Farm and Food Facts
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