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IL Congresswoman: Trade message resonates

Illinois Representative Nikki Budzinski says the importance of trade is not lost on the state’s Congressional delegation.

“I think we do need to be doing more, and I am looking for new markets for our growers.”  She says, “I know that’s something that I hear very loud and clear that we need.”

Earlier this year, numerous Illinois ag groups sent a letter to their members of Congress emphasizing trade.  Budzinski says a new farm bill could help.

“During markup and committee of the Farm Bill, I agreed with that aspect of it, which was doubling our investment in trade promotion programs,”  she says.

Jon Rosenstiel, chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, tells Brownfield trade is vital to Illinois farmers.

“With our production, and our access to the Mississippi River those export markets really do seek out Illinois corn.”  He says, “So it is really important to the state of Illinois.”

Budzinski says expanding market access programs are just one example of why Congress needs to get a new farm bill done this year.  The current extension expires in September.

The Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Beef Association, and Illinois Pork Producers Association also signed off on the letter.

AUDIO: Jon Rosenstiel – Illinois Corn Marketing Board chairman & Illinois farmer

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