2014 Photo Contest

Get Your Cameras Ready for the Picture Illinois Photo Contest

Capture the beauty and diversity of Illinois’ agricultural landscape in this year’s Picture Illinois photo contest from the Illinois Farm Bureau.

The Beetle Battle

Pests and misconceptions can be equally devastating to agriculture.

Illinois Ag Fun website

Ag Fun Website Lives Up to Its Name

The Illinois Ag Fun website can help locate your nearest farmers’ markets, orchards, wineries and pumpkin patches.

Cow tipping and other farming myths

Debunk Farming Myths During Illinois Farming Month

March is Illinois Farming Month, and we’re celebrating the industry by finding the truth behind some common farming tall tales.

Animal science

20 Ag Careers That May Surprise You

Not everyone involved in agriculture works on a farm. In fact, biochemists, biophysicists, veterinarians and environmental engineers are in high demand.

Get an Education in Local Food at Illinois Community Colleges

Six community colleges across Illinois offer courses and training programs to prepare students for careers working in the local food sector.

Pumpkins grow in a pumpkin patch

Farm Facts: Pumpkins

More than 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the the United States each year, and more than 495 million of those pounds are grown in Illinois. These are more facts about pumpkins.

How Farmers are Feeding the World

Facts about the struggles farmers face trying to feed the world’s growing population.

Corn Field

The Life Cycle of a Corn Plant

Follow the Illinois corn crop through the year from planting in spring to harvesting in fall and its uses beyond.

Green Roofs at the Illinois Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture Gets Green Roof

The Illinois Department of Agriculture put a new spin on Springfield’s green scene by adding Illinois’ first “green” roof to its building.

Debbie Jimenez leads her students through a lesson on nutrition at St. Albert the Great School in Burbank, IL. The kids work at identifying the different foods groups. They also make bookmarks and bracelets that serve as a visual reminder of the six food groups and how many servings of each they need daily. The class also has pictures from various pen pals throughout the country and their farms.

Illinois Teachers Use Agriculture to Teach Core Subjects

Half million students in Illinois benefit from Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) annually.


What a Shortage of Rural Veterinarians Means for Farms

A national shortage of rural veterinarians may lead to a health-care crisis for our animals.


Life’s a Peach at Eckert’s Country Store

The sixth and seventh generations run Eckert’s Country Store and Farms in Belleville, the largest you-pick apple and peach orchard in the nation.


Illinois Farms Are Tuned in to Technology

Today’s Illinois farmers are armed with crop-yield monitors and biotech hybrids.


Morrow Plots is an Urbana Legend

Morrow Plots at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is country’s oldest experimental crop field.