In 2017, Illinois farmers produced 10.5 million acres of soybeans with an average yield of 58 bushels per acre and a total production of 611.9 million bushels of soybeans. Illinois is the number one soybean producing state.

Illinois has roughly 975 grain-handling operations and has a capacity of 23,500 short tons of processing per day.

Illinois produces more non-GMO soybeans than any other state.

In 2017, there were more soybean acres harvested nationwide than corn acres.

Illinois was the TOP producing soybean state in 2017 and has claimed that title four of the last five growing seasons.


Animal agriculture in Illinois adds $30.4 billion in economic impact and 59,700 jobs.

Hogs eat 74% of the soybean meal fed in 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.

Animal agriculture is the No. 1 customer for soybeans.

China is a top location for sending whole U.S. soybeans, at about 1.1 billion bushels.

Mexico is a top customer for U.S. soybean meal at about 77.8 million bushels.


Illinois offers ready access to a nationwide network of railway freight companies. With 48 total railroad companies, it's the only state in which all seven Class I freight lines operate and has more than 7,000 miles of track providing alternative routing options and competitive flexibility.

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.

Illinois waterways move soybeans to the Gulf of Mexico for export to Asian, Latin American and European markets. Other export logistics incude container and bulk shipments through the Pacific Northwest and some market activity enables movement via the St. Lawrence Seaway.


Between 2004 and 2016 the biodiesel industry has accounted for nearly $3 billion of GDP, provided consumers with $1.7 billion of income, Illinois farmers with $270 million in farm income, and supported on average 2,000 full-time jobs in all sectors of the economy.

Illinois consumes more biodiesel than any other state.

The biodiesel industy supports about 7,500 Illinois jobs.

Acording to U.S. Energy Information Administration, at the end of 2016 Illinois was the nations third largest biodiesel producer with six operating biodiesel plants with an estimated annual production capacity of 197 million gallons.

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