SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host 40 international buyers from seven different Latin America countries in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. For the past two years, the Grain Tour has been held virtually due to COVID-19. This year, the Tour will go back to being held in-person.
“The Illinois Grain Tour gives Illinois farmers, producers, and retailers the opportunity to showcase their world-class facilities to foreign investors,” said IDOA Director Jerry Costello. “We lead the nation in soybean production and nearly half of the soybeans and corn produced in Illinois are exported, resulting in billions of dollars in direct sales annually.”
Despite the lack of in-person tours in 2020 and 2021, over $20 million in projected sales were recorded from the virtual tours.
Participants begin the tour by meeting with representatives from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The tour will also make stops at:
- RTS Farm, Auburn
- GSI, Assumption
- Clarkson Grain, Cerro Gordo
- ADM, Decatur
- Marquis Energy, Hennepin
- Seedburo Equipment Co., Des Plaines
- Delong Co., Joliet
- Illinois Soybean Association, Chicago
- MANNS Traders, Chicago
All participants of the Illinois Grain Tour are required to pay their own airfare and a participation fee prior to joining the tour.
— Illinois Department of Agriculture