The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois’ agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources. The agency will strive to promote agri-business in Illinois and throughout the world.

Company details

P.O. Box 19281 , Springfield , Illinois 62794-928 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois’ agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources. The agency will strive to promote agri-business in Illinois and throughout the world.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s vision is to promote and regulate agriculture in a manner which encourages farming and agribusiness while protecting Illinois’ consumers and our natural resources.

The roots of the Illinois Department of Agriculture go back to 1819, when the Illinois Agricultural Association was formed just months after Illinois became a state. The only known record of this organization comes from letters written by early settlers.

In 1853, the association became the Illinois State Agricultural Society, with a 2-year budget of $1,000. The society was active until 1871 when a new state constitution created the Illinois Department of Agriculture, overseen by the State Board of Agriculture.

The department gained its current status as a regulatory and promotional agency in 1917 under the Civil Administrative Code. Today the Agriculture Department administers an $109 million budget and employs more than 600 people statewide. Separate bureaus administer programs and services directed at conserving the state’s land and water resources; protecting the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals; overseeing state and county fairs; regulating seed, feed and fertilizer products; ensuring the financial stability of grain dealers and warehouses; promoting Illinois food and agricultural products; and operating the state’s horse racing programs.

Since 1981, the department has been headquartered on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.