Extension Ag Update
January/February 2001
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Ag Facts

Prime Farmland

  • Illinois cropland, 24 million acres, is fifth largest in the U.S.
  • Prime farmland in Illinois is 21 million acres. Third in the nation after Texas and Kansas.

Illinois Farms

  • Total surface area of Illinois is 36,060,800 acres.
  • Number of Illinois farms is 73,051.
  • Average size of farms is 372 acres.
  • Median size of farms is 180 acres.

Horses in Illinois

  • Illinois has around 77,000 horse owners.
  • Approximately 350,000 people in Illinois ride horses on a regular basis.
  • Illinois horses consume 500,000 tons of hay and grain worth nearly $100 million annually.