Explore McLean County Agriculture

Size and scope

  • About 91% of the land in McLean County is farmland – compared to just 9% for all of the towns, cities, roads and bodies of water.
  • A total of 1,489 farms cover 692,291 acres (an acre is about the size of a football field)
  • For a full-time farmer to support a family, it takes about 1,000 – 1,200 acres of land

Economic impact

  • McLean County farmers produce more than $501 million in grain and livestock each year, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture
  • The average value of McLean County farmland is $11,000 to $14,000 per acre.

  Sources: Census of Ag, Farm Business Farm Management, Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

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