It's a passion for farmers to raise these animals with as much care as they would any animal.

We're Illinois farm families and we're pleased to meet you. Illinois family farms may come in all shapes and sizes, but we all share common values. Many of our farms have been passed down through several generations. In some cases, multiple families farm together. Today, nearly all Illinois farms – 97 percent – are family owned and operated. While there are thousands of farmers in Illinois, you can start by meeting some of us below.