Manager’s Article June 21, 2017

gayI am sure that you have all seen more farm implements on the roadways. They are heading into and out of the fields and working hard to get corn and soybeans planted and some might still be working on getting wheat out. Please be aware of your surrounding as I continue to encourage the farmers to also be aware. Please note that many of these implements don’t drive over 30-40 mph so when you are approaching from behind take note and slow down accordingly. Even if all of the fields are planted there are still a lot of sprayers out there and farmers will be driving around checking their fields.
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The following is a statement last week from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel and trade with Cuba.
“Illinois Farm Bureau policy supports aggressive actions to expand market share for Illinois and U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. We supported the previous administration’s efforts to expand travel and normalize the U.S.-Cuba relations, and view this announcement as a temporary step backwards.
“The Cuban people benefit by having more, not fewer, contacts with Americans. At the end of the day, Cuba should be buying Illinois soybeans and corn, not products from South America.
“Farm Bureau will continue to work with a growing number of congressional allies to pass legislation that creates permanent changes which allow the U.S. to extend credit to Cuba and allow Americans to travel freely to and from the island.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, met with a group of about 25 farmers and university officials, who discussed the importance of crop insurance, the potential closing of Peoria’s ag lab, agricultural research and an efficient waterway system.
“We have some real challenges coming up with this budget that we’re working on in Washington. The White House’s budget proposal cuts as much as $231 billion from agricultural programs, and that would be devastating for communities all across Illinois, and I wanted to hear from the Farm Bureau and the farmers exactly how they would be affected and what their priorities are.”
Farmers also discussed the importance of crop insurance. President Donald Trump’s budget calls for $28.8 billion in cuts to federal crop insurance during the next 10 years. If approved by Congress, the budget would cap premium subsidies at $40,000 per farmer, limit eligibility for crop insurance and commodity payments to farmers who earn $500,000 a year or less, and eliminate the Harvest Price Option on revenue policies.
“I think many people misunderstand and they think that crop insurance is some sort of government giveaway program, when it actually is a tool,” Duckworth said. “Farmers have to buy crop insurance. They have to make a decision at the beginning of the year whether or not they are going to pay for crop insurance and take that out of their budget.”
She said getting rid of crop insurance would require the federal government to provide disaster relief for farmers should another severe drought occur, like the one in 2012.
“It’s very shortsighted to cut crop insurance because it will cost taxpayers more in the long run,” she said.
HOW NOW, BROWN COW? – A surprising number of U.S. adults – about 7 percent – believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. In case you’re wondering, that adds up to about 16.4 million people – more than the population of Pennsylvania. While the numbers are shocking, experts in ag education are surprised that number isn’t higher.
This is exactly the reason that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Farm Bureau put so much emphasis on Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and why Melissa Lamczyk, Franklin County AITC Coordinator is working so hard to educate our children early in life. If you are a teacher and would like to schedule Melissa to come into your classroom for the next school year it is not too early to start now. Call the office at 435-3616.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

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