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Agribusiness

Overview

Feeding the World

Home to 72,000 of the nation’s farms, Illinois feeds the world. Illinois farms are top producers of corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy and poultry. The state ranks 3rd nationally in the export of agricultural commodities with $8.2 billion worth of goods shipped to other countries.

In addition to its agricultural prowess, Illinois boasts unrivaled expertise in food processing, employing more than 78,000 people and ranking #3 nationally with a GRP of $12.3B. Some of the world’s most well-known food producers call Illinois home. The state is also the top state in the nation for food private manufacturing R&D and a leader in agtech. Additionally, Illinois is home to three of the five publicly traded cannabis companies.

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#1
for Private Food Manufacturing R&D
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#2
for Food-related Patents
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3rd
Largest
Food Processing Cluster in U.S.
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5th
in Nation
for Agriculture & AgTech Startups
Largest Employers Based on Employment

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May 12, 2022

David Boulay Appointed to Intersect Illinois Board of Directors

Boulay to represent Illinois Manufacturers Excellence Center (IMEC) in bringing economic development to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) President, David Boulay, will join its board of directors. Boulay leads the organization dedicated to helping manufacturing enterprises in Illinois to be globally competitive. His appointment to Intersect Illinois’ board will […]

May 3, 2022

Changing the narrative: Out-of-state businesses are buying Illinois’ sales pitch

If you’re someone who thinks Illinois gets everything wrong when it comes to business, this column isn’t for you. Actually, maybe it is especially for you. Maybe before you scream “Get me outta this $%^& state!!!” again, you should read what Dan Seals says to out-of-state businesses when he tells them, you should be in […]

April 19, 2022

Intersect Illinois Appoints Jeffrey Baker to Board of Directors

Baker to represent Illinois REALTORS® in helping bring economic development to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Jeffrey Baker will join its board of directors, helping further the organization’s mission of bringing economic growth and jobs to Illinois. Baker is the CEO of Illinois REALTORS®, the trade association representing the commercial and residential real estate […]

April 11, 2022

Intersect Illinois Appoints Jennifer Creasey to Board of Directors

Creasey to represent the University of Illinois System in helping bring economic development to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Jennifer Creasey will join its board of directors, helping further the organization’s mission of bringing economic growth and jobs to Illinois. Creasey serves as the assistant vice president of External and State Relations for the […]

March 28, 2022

Intersect Illinois Launches “Be in Illinois” Campaign

Multimedia, muti-channel campaign highlights state’s opportunities for business growth Intersect Illinois, the public-private business recruitment arm of the state, today launched a new multimedia, multichannel campaign called Be in Illinois. The campaign showcases Illinois’ unique assets such as its skilled workforce, central location and history of innovation to corporate investment and relocation decision makers. A […]

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