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The Department of Agriculture oversees the state's horse racing programs and encourage the breeding, racing and ownership of quality horses in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture works to protect plants and crops from harmful insects and diseases.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare is responsible for detection and eradication of certain animal diseases.
When it comes to pumpkin production, Illinois smashes the competition. Illinois farmers grow more ornamental and canning-type pumpkins than any other state.
Illinois ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of farmers markets.