Livestock production in Illinois contributes more than 25,000 jobs and $3.5 billion to the state’s economy. A recent report from the University of Illinois gives a snapshot of livestock’s importance to the economy. But University ag and consumer economist Peter Goldsmith says that combining livestock with meat and dairy processing totals 99,000 jobs and $27 billion to the Illinois economy.
“And so together it’s very, very large; about five percent of the state’s economy in the meat and dairy livestock complex,” said Goldsmith, speaking to Brownfield Ag News this week. “So there are basically two stories in the report.”
Goldsmith says the report was done to give the livestock industry legitimacy as an economic engine for the state.
The report indicates that Clinton County has the largest livestock production in the state, with $122 million in direct output and $169 million in total output and 1,089 full time workers.
The research was funded by the Illinois Livestock Development Group.