Illinois Farm Bureau is providing state-specific information about Illinois farmers’ efforts related to conservation and sustainability.
During the IFB Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference, the information was offered as the American Farm Bureau Federation announced a new nationwide ag coalition, Farmers for a Sustainable Future.
“When it comes to developing policy solutions to climate change, Illinois farmers want to be part of the discussion. The solutions must be cultivated from the ground up and be both practical and sustainable,” according to IFB information.
Statistics of Illinois farmers’ contributions include:
• Illinois farmers more than doubled cover crop acres from 2012 to 2017.
• More than 1 million farmland acres are involved in conservation practices, including 104,000 acres in pollinator habitat.
• Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, increased on Illinois farmland by 66% between 2012 and 2107.
Exponential growth is expected in the coming future.
• Solar projects on farms nearly tripled between 2012 and 2017, and wind turbines increased by 47%.
• A total of 27% of Illinois corn is used to produce ethanol, reducing carbon dioxide emissions between 30% and 50%.
Use of ethanol and biodiesel in Illinois reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 1.7 million metric tons, which is the equivalent to taking 369,565 cars off the road each year.