Manager’s Article July 25, 2017

KendallOn Tuesday evening, July 18, Brad Browning participated in the District 17 Young Leader Discussion Meet in Edwards County. Of the four participants, Brad earned first place in the District. For his efforts he will next compete on the state level at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago, in December. We are very proud of Brad and his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck at the State Level.
Pictured with Brad Browning, Young Leader Chair from Franklin County is our District 17 Representative Kendall Browning.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s priorities for the next federal farm bill are in place, and Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. helped play a role in establishing those at AFBF’s board meeting last week.
Guebert said crop insurance, high on Illinois Farm Bureau’s wish list, remains prominent among AFBF’s priorities.
“It was really an interesting conversation, but at the end of the day, we ended up supporting crop insurance as a risk-management tool,” Guebert told the RFD Radio Network® on last week. “We need to keep the funding level where it is; that’s really important.”
Crop insurance is top of mind right now for many farmers facing hot, dry conditions in Illinois and other states. That includes some parts of Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota, where many farmers continue to struggle with drought-like conditions.
South Dakota is home to AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal, who testified last week in front of a U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on the need for tax reform. Guebert said VanderWal also touched on farmers’ crop-insurance needs during his remarks.
“Gross income has really declined in the last couple years, and (VanderWal) expressed the importance of a good farm bill moving forward,” Guebert said. “He referred back to the drought of 2012. … Agriculture did not come to Congress asking for disaster assistance, because crop insurance was doing what it was designed to do.”
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *