The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Illinois agriculture is heavily dependent on trade. More than 30 percent of our members’ income comes from overseas sales of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products. Right now we are paying the price for retaliatory tariffs imposed on imported goods produced by some our best trading partners.
IFB encourages President Trump to secure a fair trade deal with China and we back his demand for quick congressional approval of the U.S. Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
Illinois farmers agree that long overdue federal investment in modern infrastructure is imperative. Rebuilding 85-year-old locks on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers will make us more competitive in the global marketplace. Farm Bureau members are ready to roll up their sleeves and work with President Trump and Congress to pass a bipartisan bill that will rebuild and replace our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.”
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
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