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. We also have a growing industry around asian carp, an invasive species in the Illinois River that has gathered attention for potential economic benefits that can arise from mitigation efforts.
These are just a few of the agribusiness employers who are growing in Greater Peoria:
Ag Lands FS
Angus Weaver Farm
Aventine Renewable Energy
Elkhart Grain Company
El Paso Plant
J.K. Williams Distilling
Kickapoo Creek Winery
Mackinaw Valley Vinyard
Nestle Libby’s Pumpkin
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:
Crop & Soil Science
Food Industry Management
Horticulture & Landscape Management
Greater Peoria is poised to become the Industrial Hemp Hub of the Midwest United States. There is no better place to locate as this emerging industry takes root.
With support from local, regional, and state agencies—as well as a growing list of industry groups and resources—your hemp business can be built to scale right here in Greater Peoria.
From our rich farmland and expert farmers, to companies such as Revolution Enterprises and manufacturing startup Natural Fiber Welding, to our logistically-advantageous location, Greater Peoria is the perfect spot to grow, process, manufacture, and distribute your hemp products.
Are you a grower or processor?
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting applications for both growers and processors of industrial hemp.