Participant lets Rep. Davis, Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, and other members know her priorities for the 2018 farm bill during the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill Listening Session in Decatur.
L to R: Bustos, Davis, Thompson, Conaway, Peterson, Bost, and LaHood
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and other members of the House Agriculture Committee and the Illinois Congressional Delegation heard from local farmers and agriculture leaders at the committee’s fifth Farm Bill Listening Session yesterday. More than 300 people attended the 2 ½ - hour listening session at Richland Community College in Decatur and many provided comments about the 2018 farm bill.
Additional members attending the listening session included U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-Pa.).
“It’s critical we hear from farmers and ag leaders as we work to craft the 2018 farm bill and it’s only fitting that we’re hear during the Farm Progress Show, the largest outdoor agriculture event in the country that shows how important agriculture is to our local economy,” said Davis. “Thank you to Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson for including Decatur as one of their stops to hear from farmers across the U.S. We heard a lot about increasing ag research and education, developing programs for beginning farmers, protecting rural broadband, and ensuring strong nutrition programs that help those who need it most. These are all issues important to growing Illinois’ economy, creating jobs, and making sure we remain an agriculture leader and continue to feed the world.”
Comments from Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson from a joint release following the listening session yesterday:
“Producers from across the country gather at the Farm Progress Show every year for the latest in ag innovation and services. So there is no better place to gather insight and feedback about the challenges in farm country and how we can improve ag policy in the next farm bill than right here in Decatur. I appreciated hearing the heartfelt comments of so many producers and thank everyone who was able to join us today,”said Conaway.
“Today’s listening session was a continuation of the Agriculture Committee’s efforts to hear directly from the varied interests, across all regions of the country, who are impacted by the farm bill. The Committee will be able to take this information back to Washington to help us write a new farm bill that addresses current challenges. This was another productive session and I appreciate everyone in attendance,”said Peterson.
Following the listening session, Davis led the members and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue around the Farm Progress Show making stops at ADM, AGCO, the College of ACES at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Agriculture at Illinois State University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and biotechnology tents.
Davis tours the Farm Progress Show with USDA Secretary Perdue, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.