Commercial Agriculture

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Resource Collections

Commercial Agriculture is a broad and diverse area of study. We've organized our resources into several topical themes to help you dig more deeply into your areas of interest. From educational curriculum units to websites devoted to deeply exploring a single topic area, our resource collection represents best practices based on both proven and emerging research and the work of our professional education staff.


Livestock  -  Crops  -   Pests and Diseases  -  Research and Analysis - Agricultural Economics

Sustainability  -  Certifications  -  Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters


Additional Livestock Resources


Educational lessons

Additional Crops Resources

Additional Research and Analysis Resources

  • Northwestern Illinois Agricultural R&D Center: 320-acre facility, established in 1980 near Monmouth in Warren County
  • Orr Agricultural R&D Center: 478 acres of cropland, pasture and woodland located in western Illinois
  • Dixon Springs Agricultural Center:  5,100 acres in Pope County. Research at DSAC includes observation trials of vegetable crops within high tunnels, beef cattle reproductive physiology, forest ecology, soil health, forestry policy, and invasive species control.
  • The Dudley Smith Initiative: Innovative research and outreach that advances innovations within the agricultural system
  • Variety Testing Program: Annual crop performance tests to agronomic information on hybrids and varieties of the major Illinois field crops
  • Illinois IDEA: Research, education, and services that encourage farmers to adopt entrepreneurial marketing strategies
  • EZregs: Interpretation of Illinois agricultural and horticultural regulations


Additional Certification Resources

Cash Rents Podcast: Dr. Gary Schnitkey explores farm and risk management

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