From chemical manufacturing to animal and crop production, Agribusiness is ingrained in the history and economy of Greater Peoria. In fact, Greater Peoria was responsible for 7% of Illinois’ grain sales in 2014 and has $1.1 billion in commodity sales annually.

Not only is Greater Peoria a leading producer of commodities like corn and soybeans, but the region has a growing value-added products industry that includes wine, seasonings, popcorn, and spirits. It is also home to Libby’s Pumpkin and over 50% of the pumpkin production in the state.

40M
tons of freight pass through Peoria County each year
$ 2B
in Research and Development spending in 2014
# 1
in the U.S. for pumpkin and popcorn production
195K
individuals in our region's available workforce
29
infrastructure-ready green sites of 50 acres or more
$ 1.1B
in commodity sales in Greater Peoria

AGRIBUSINESS EMPLOYERS.

These are just a few of the agribusiness employers who are growing in Greater Peoria:

360 Yield
ADM
Ag Lands FS
Angus Weaver Farm
Aventine Renewable Energy
CNH America
Dupont
Elkhart Grain Company
El Paso Plant
Excalibur Seasoning
J.K. Williams Distilling
Kickapoo Creek Winery
Kleine Equipment
LG Seed
Mackinaw Valley Vinyard
Monsanto
Nestle Libby’s Pumpkin
Precision Planting
RMH Foods
Solazyme
Trace Chemicals
Weaver Popcorn

AGRIBUSINESS TRAINING PROGRAMS.

Illinois Central College offers a wide variety of Agribusiness training programs including:

Agriculture — Associate
Agricultural Business Management — Associate
Agricultural Production — Certificate
Ag Sales and Service — Associate
Animal Sciences — Associate
Agronomy — Associate
Precision Agriculture — Certificate
Pre-Veterinary (Large Animal Only) — Associate

Illinois State College, located in nearby Normal, has a Department of Agriculture offering the following undergraduate and graduate programs:

Animal Science
Crop & Soil Science
Food Industry Management
Horticulture & Landscape Management
Pre-Veterinary Medicine