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
- 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