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In an effort to prepare Illinois for future success, representatives of Illinois food and agriculture organizations launched the Vision for Illinois Agriculture.  This industry-wide effort is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Illinois in the global marketplace.

Vision Statement

To be a global leader of profitable food and agricultural production

Illinois Agriculture Vision Goals

The following represent the three goals for the future of the Illinois food and agriculture industry:

  1. Grow agricultural production and exports to a top three ranking in the United States through the growth of both commodity and value added production.
  2. Enable food manufacturing growth to a top three ranking in the United States
  3. Lead the United States as the alternative bio-based outcome leader through the adoption of new technologies.

Strategic Themes

This section includes five strategic themes that command attention to accomplish the established goals.  These strategic themes are necessary for improving many industries and are critical for each of the three goals.

  1. Attract the necessary human and capital resources to support initiatives aimed at growing the food and agriculture industries.
  2. Create a favorable business environment to nurture economic development in the state.
  3. Improve community vitality.
  4. Advance intellectual and innovation resources.
  5. Act as a catalyst in collaboration and partnerships to grow and sustain the food and agriculture industries.

Primary Sponsors
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Corn Marketing Board
Archer Daniels Midland
iBIOŽ/ iBIO Institute

Secondary Sponsors
1st Farm Credit Services
Bunge North America, Inc.
Farm Credit Services of Illinois
GROWMARK, Inc.
Illinois Agri-Women
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Soybean Association
John Deere
Monsanto
University of Illinois

Donors
Illinois Beef Association
Illinois Pork Producers
Illinois State University
Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR)
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
Illinois Green Industry Association