Why Illinois?

The University of Illinois—for more than 150 years—improved agricultural productivity through teaching,
research, and extension. Yields rose tenfold. Farmers progressed from subsistence to prosperity. U of I is an engine of scientific and technological progress.

Illinois is both an agricultural and industrial powerhouse.

• Illinois is a leading producer of the world’s most valuable crops.
• Illinois is a logistical and financial center for global agriculture.
• Illinois is home to leading firms and institutions in the global food system.