The Illinois Farm Bureau highlights current state legislative priorities


The Illinois Farm Bureau highlights current state legislative priorities

Budgets, reducing nutrient losses, liability for agrotourism and subsidies for minority farmers are all topics of the bill that the Illinois Farm Bureau is pursuing in terms of the state.

Mark Gebhards tells Brownfield in a condensed legislative session that he is not sure how many items will be approved, but the state budget is in the forefront and IFB is asking for an additional $ 750,000 for the Department of Agriculture budget. Illinois for animal disease preparedness.

“We need to be part of the staff of the Department of Agriculture for additional veterinarians in the event of a catastrophic outbreak of animal disease, such as foot-and-mouth disease or African swine fever.”

Another priority element that IFB has initiated are the bills both in the House (HB 5487) and in the Senate (SB 3107) which address the responsibility of agrotourism.

“If someone comes to the farm and inadvertently falls for something that is not an intentional and intentional act of negligence, we are trying to say that the responsibility should not fall on the farmer. “

He says there are other bills he is working with sponsors to get clarification to ensure that it is in the best interests of Illinois farmers. One of them is SB 3471 on legislation on nutrient loss reduction strategy.

“I saw a language from the environmental community, saying that the voluntary efforts through the Strategy to reduce nutrient loss do not meet the objectives, which I think leads us on a path to make things mandatory. We want to clarify the language to know what we are trying to do and we need certain things to be done by our farmers to achieve these goals. ”

And the other is HB 3501 on grants for socially disadvantaged farmers to buy land.

“Again, are we trying to clarify what is the definition of a socially disadvantaged farmer? How will they pay for it? What do they have to do with the land once they receive it? Can I resell it? Just a lot of questions. ”

More than 350 members of the Illinois Bureau of Agriculture discussed these and other issues with members of the General Assembly during this week’s Springfield Government Conference. The Illinois Farm Bureau highlights current state legislative priorities

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