Livestock farms continue to reduce their impact on the environment, become more sustainable, and drive the Illinois economy. Environmental issues are rare on Illinois livestock farms. Multiple layers of state and federal regulation are in place to give Illinois a very comprehensive and robust regulatory program. And it’s working. For example, complaints submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regarding livestock farms have declined dramatically.4 This work, however, is not only accomplished due to the regulations in place. Illinois livestock farmers are voluntarily working with U.S. Department of Agriculture to invest in improving their environmental performance. In 2017, these joint efforts resulted in $10 million of investment to improve the environment.4 Illinois livestock farms continue to become more sustainable. With continued efforts, we’ve been able to reduce and reuse many of the resources from our farms. By using manure in place of traditional commercial fertilizer, we can produce more food with fewer resources. Livestock farms are economic engines for Illinois. Livestock farms, along with meat and dairy processing, contribute $14.1 billion annually in economic activity in Illinois and are responsible for 52,124 jobs throughout rural and urban areas of the state.4 Livestock farms invest in rural communities of Illinois—keeping people in the state. An estimated $68 million was invested in construction costs for new or expanding livestock farms in 2017. Livestock creates demand for Illinois’ top two commodities, corn and soybeans, consuming an estimated 112 million bushels and 36 million bushels respectively.4 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 | R A I S I N G L I V E S T O C K 127 157 171 183 161162 170 184 197195 259 182 192 146 129129 140 121 130 110 92 122122 85 66 76 103 58 81 44 43 24 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number of Complaints to IEPA Total Livestock Related Complaints to IEPA (includes water pollution and odor complaints) 7 4  Livestock Report 2018. Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association. http://www.ilfb.org/livestock-report/truth-about-livestock/