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Cook County 2012 Agricultural Census Findings*

  • 8,499

    acres are farmed on 127 farms. For comparison, the Cook County Forest Preserve consists of over 68,000 acres.
  • 2,613

    acres are irrigated on 26 farms.
  • 56

    farms are principal occupation. 71 are part time.
  • 75%

     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
  • 34%

    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
  • 5

    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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