Good Stewards of Technology

Our role as good stewards

Being good stewards of new crop and chemical technologies helps us maintain the integrity of the U.S. food and grain supply and preserves our access to future technologies and processes. Farm Bureau supports farming methods that properly care for the land, air and water and that produce a safe food supply. It is more important than ever that farmers understand and properly use crop-protection products, as biotechnology and other innovations make new crop and crop-protection products available.

Proper understanding and handling of crop-protection products is important to every farmer.



Illinois Farm Bureau® policy supports:

  • Farming methods that result in environmental stewardship
  • Responsible and legal use of all herbicides, including dicamba
  • Growers following all label instructions to ensure future product availability
  • Strict adherence to contracts and sales agreements covering the production, marketing and use of biotechnology products
  • Anyone employed to apply general-use pesticides must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Why steward?

To ensure crop technologies remain effective through regulatory compliance, and to preserve opportunities for future biotech products and processes. To protect our neighbors, the environment and the communities around us.

What else? 

Resources exist to help you understand and properly use crop-protection products. Doing so is more important than ever as biotechnology and other innovations bring new crop and crop-protection products to market.

Please check back for new materials each week.

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