SPRINGFIELD, IL – Last week, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with area farmers and agricultural experts at the annual Illinois Farm Bureau convention held in Chicago.
“It was a great opportunity to meet with Ag leaders from all ten counties in the 51st Senate District,” Rose said. While there, Senator Rose and neighboring State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Normal) hosted a legislative breakfast on December 8 for central Illinois agricultural leaders. Attendees informally discussed a number of difference aspects of modern production agriculture and the importance of having a united voice for all of the farming community.
Rose noted that he successfully helped shepherd through the Illinois General Assembly, the Farm Bureau’s top legislative priority last year which dealt with farmland assessments.
“I am committed to doing everything I can to help maintain our state’s superiority on the international stage when it comes to agriculture. Agriculture is Illinois’ single largest economic sector and accounts for over 20% of the jobs in our state - we have a duty to keep it moving forward. Supporting and passing the key priorities for Illinois’ Ag community will help insure the viability of agribusiness and the jobs that it creates,” Rose said. “I appreciate the efforts of Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis as they continue to fight for the passage of a federal farm bill. We hope that additionally Senators Durbin and Kirk are able to navigate the bill through the U.S. Senate to keep our farmers thriving.”