The state of Illinois could gain more than 5,400 jobs if just 0.3 percent of the state's cropland was put into vegetables and fruits rather than corn and soybeans.

The conversion also would generate $988 million in retail sales through increased production and marketing of 28 different types of produce for local consumption.

Those are the results of a study conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricutlure at Iowa State University in Ames.

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