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It’s not uncommon for many Illinois farmers to ship much, or even all, of their commodities along the Illinois River. So a plan to close the river in 2020 for lock and dam repairs could have a huge impact.

LaHood: Weather and Tariffs Causing Farmers Anxiety

Jun 14, 2019
Peoria Public Radio

PEORIA -- U.S. Representative Darin LaHood said he supports a call from the Illinois Farm Bureau for a statewide disaster declaration for farmers.


The Peoria Republican says two things are causing farmers a lot of anxiety this year: wet weather and tariffs.

“Yes, we support the disaster declaration. And depending on what happens at the federal level moving forward, we look forward to being supportive in doing all we can, particularly for farmers in the southern part of our district, where fields are wet," he said.

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Illinois farmers have planted less than half of their corn crop this year because of frequent spring rain. Usually they are done by now.

Governor Bruce Rauner appoints a longtime Republican state representative, Raymond Poe, of Springfield, to head the state's agriculture department.  Rauner promised early on that he'd appoint a farmer to head the department of agriculture; here he is last December, at the Illinois Farm Bureau's annual meeting.

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis say they're traveling to Cuba as part of an agricultural trade mission. Bustos and Davis plan to promote economic development and trade opportunities for Illinois farmers. Bustos is an East Moline Democrat and Davis is a Taylorville Republican.

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that transfers regulatory control over wind farm projects from counties to the state. The Governor signed the bill into law late last month, and it took effect immediately. The change was advocated by the Illinois Farm Bureau. Bill Bodine with the organization. He says it brings consistency to county regulations that vary widely. Bodine says counties can still choose to have standards that are more restrictive.

Homegrown By Heroes helps soldiers become farmers

May 29, 2015

The Illinois Farm Bureau is boosting a year old program to involve Veterans in agriculture. 

The Illinois Farm Bureau says last fall's harvest was an historic crop.

IL Farm Bureau hails diplomatic move toward Cuba

Dec 18, 2014

A top staffer with the Illinois Farm Bureau says the President's decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba should create a significant bump in u.s. exports very soon. Adam Nielsen is the Farm Bureau's Director of National Legislation and Policy Development.

Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is touting legislation that could produce millions of dollars to upgrade the region's aged locks and dams. The measure moving through Congress increases the fees barge operators pay to fund construction projects along inland waterways.

Congressman Shimkus a friend of agriculture

Sep 26, 2014

Congressman John Shimkus visited county Farm Bureau offices in his district today, posing with a miniature red tractor.