I L L I N O I S A G R I C U L T U R E : L E T ’ S G R O W | F A M I LY F A R M S OF 71,000 FARMS IN ILLINOIS, 97% ARE FAMILY OWNED.2 164 PEOPLE TODAY’S FARMER CAN FEED THIS IS A HUGE INCREASE FROM 1940 WHEN A SINGLE FARMER FED 18.5 PEOPLE.2 ILLINOIS FARMERS CARE ABOUT GROWING SAFE&WHOLESOME FOOD. AFTER ALL, FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EAT THE SAME FOOD AS YOU. Farming is so much more than growing crops and raising livestock. It puts food on our tables, fuel in our cars, and clothes on our backs. Farming affects every person in Illinois, yet many people remain unaware as to the ways farming positively impacts our state. Ag organizations work together to grow Illinois communities—both rural and urban. Together, we’ve created this book to provide insight into safe, wholesome food, animal care, sustainability, and green technologies. We hope that you find this resource to be informative and useful. If you are interested in learning more, or you want to know how agriculture is impacting your district, contact any of the organizations listed at the end of this book. 3 2  Farm & Food Facts 2018. Illinois Farm Bureau. https://www.ilfb.org/media/3136/2018faff.pdf