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Illinois Department of Agriculture

Horse Racing

Horse Racing

The Department of Agriculture oversees the state's horse racing programs and encourage the breeding, racing and ownership of quality horses in Illinois.

 Planting Season

Plants & Pesticides

The Illinois Department of Agriculture works to protect plants and crops from harmful insects and diseases.

Illinois State Fair is a 165 year tradition with 8700 competitve events and on 366 acres and 4 days of harness racing

Illinois State Fair

August 8 - 18, 2024 Click for more info.

Animal Health and Welfare

Animal Health and Welfare

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare is responsible for detection and eradication of certain animal diseases.

 Pumkin Harvesting near Morton Illinois

Specialty Crops

When it comes to pumpkin production, Illinois smashes the competition. Illinois farmers grow more ornamental and canning-type pumpkins than any other state.

 Peaches in Illinois

Farmers Markets

​Illinois ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of farmers markets.

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