Illinois Department of Agriculture

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Department of Agriculture
Department overview
Jurisdiction Illinois
Department executive
  • Philip Nelson, Director of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is the code department[1][2] of the Illinois state government that regulates various facets of the agriculture industries of Illinois, oversees Illinois soil and water conservation, supervises the weights and measures of various commodity products, including gasoline, and supervises the Illinois State Fair.[3] Agriculture industries that are supervised include the production of livestock, the growing of commodity crops such as corn and soybeans, and the regulation of grain elevators.

Governor Bruce Rauner accepted the resignation of Agriculture Director Phil Nelson on September 25, 2015, effective 30 days later. State Fair Director Patrick Buchen resigned the same day, telling The State Journal-Register, "I resigned because they fired (Nelson), and it's just a bunch of bull crap."[4]


  1. ^ Uphoff, Judy Lee (2012). "The Governor and the Executive Branch". In Lind, Nancy S.; Rankin, Erik. Governing Illinois: Your Connection to State and Local Government (PDF) (4th ed.). Center Publications, Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois at Springfield. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-938943-28-0. 
  2. ^ 20 ILCS 5/5-15
  3. ^ "Illinois Blue Book: 2005-2006" (Springfield, Ill.: Illinois Secretary of State, 2006), pages 212-215.
  4. ^ Writers, Doug Finke and Carla Jimenez, Staff. "Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois State Fair directors step down". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 

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