Illinois Farm Development Authority: The mission of the Illinois Farm Development Authority (IFDA) is to assist rural economic development in the State of Illinois by providing credit enhancement to worthy entities who wish to commence or improve their farming or agricultural operations. We will provide high quality, timely and effective service to lenders and their customers who use our financing programs.
Illinois State Treasurer’s Office: Agriculture and Alternative Agriculture Link Deposit Loan Program. One of the largest link-deposit loan programs in the nation, the Agriculture and Alternative Agriculture Loan Program is available to farmers statewide through over 1,000 financial institutions. Agriculture is a major component of Illinois' economy and lending operational and long term money at a rate that is attractive to both agriculture lenders and farmers assists in keeping the agriculture backbone of Illinois strong.
Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA): This law governs the siting of livestock facilities and the expansion of existing facilities.
Illinois EPA: The website for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairies: This is the division which regulates the production of milk, and conducts on-farm inspections of dairies.
Illinois Legislature: This is the website to search for current bills or look up your local legislator’s address.
Producer and Industry Organizations
Illinois Livestock Development Group
One of the top priorities identified at the 2003 Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable is to attract and enhance a profitable livestock industry for Illinois. To accomplish this, six organizations have formed the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and pooled their resources to develop a long-term producer-driven strategy to restore profitability to the state's livestock industry:
- Illinois Beef Association
- Illinois Corn Growers' Association
- Illinois Farm Bureau
- Illinois Milk Producers' Association
- Illinois Pork Producers' Association
- Illinois Soybean Association
- Illinois Livestock Development Group
National Milk Producers Federation: The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is a farm commodity organization representing most of the dairy marketing cooperatives serving this nation. NMPF members market a majority of the milk produced in the U.S., making the NMPF an effective voice on national issues for dairy cooperatives and their dairy farmer members.
Dairy Calf & Heifer Association: DCHA provides information, education, and access to leading research and technology to help our members in the dairy calf and heifer industry become more profitable.
National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA): The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is a new name in animal agriculture, but carries a strong legacy of providing the U.S. livestock industry with a forum to collectively address issues of common interest.
The new organization, a successor to the Livestock Conservation Institute (LCI), is the result of a progressive process and vision that began in 1996 when the LCI Board of Directors commissioned a long-range planning team to landscape an organization that would best serve animal agriculture in the 21st Century.
NIAA began operations in January 2000 and is collectively addressing issues of interest to the industry, providing vital industry information, continuing education and communication outlets for animal agriculture professionals.
Dairy Relief, Inc. is the only US based charitable organization whose sole purpose is providing quality US dairy products to hungry people around the world. Dairy Relief works with other charitable relief organizations already active around the world to ensure that the food gets directly to the people who need it.
IDOA Hay Directory: A listing of Illinois producers who are selling hay.
University of Illinois, College of ACES
Dairy Nutrition and Reproduction
Focused research and strategies for dairy farm profitability
USDA-APHIS Home Page: The USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service provides a wealth of information on animal health issues, biotechnology, and trade. Go here to find more information on the latest regarding foot and mouth disease.
Pricing and Statistics
Class Price Announcements: The latest class price announcements provided by the USDA's Ag Marketing Service. These prices are released about the fifth of every month.
Dairy Market News: A publication of the USDA, this document provides market prices for all dairy products. Provides a good weekly overview of the nation's dairy markets.
Illinois Ag Statistics Service: A history of statistics for the dairy, livestock, and crops for the state of Illinois. Very interesting information.
https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_Subject/?sector=ANIMALS & PRODUCTS
Daily Dairy Report
The Daily Dairy Report provides a one-page daily summary of the domestic and global dairy markets, prices, supply and demand fundamentals, and CME cash and futures dairy trading activity. In addition to analyzing the latest report and current market activity, Daily Dairy Report Analysts will connect the dots by explaining what information and data are important and why. Mary Ledman, one of the dairy industry’s most respected market commentators, is the editor of the Daily Dairy Report and is supported by market analysts Sara Dorland and Sarina Sharp and Karen Endres, Communications Specialist. (The report is an Adobe PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to preview).
How the Federal Order Milk Pricing System Works: A User’s Guide to Pricing Milk in Multi-Component Federal Orders with Application to Federal Order 33 – The Mideast Order