IFB VP discusses higher education with first lady Jill Biden

Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President Brian Duncan joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona this week at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will support higher education in Illinois.

The American Rescue Plan, the latest federal COVID-19 pandemic relief package, includes $40 billion for higher education infrastructure projects and programs to make education more accessible.

Duncan and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, discussed IFB’s support for transportation-related infrastructure in President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and potential ways to pay for it without making tax law changes that would make it more difficult for farm families to transfer assets to the next generation.

Capitol News Illinois reported that 19 Illinois higher education institutions will benefit from American Rescue Plan funding, including Illinois State University, the University of Illinois system, Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.

Pictured: Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President Brian Duncan talks with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, during a visit by first lady Jill Biden at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. (Photo courtesy of Kate Jennings, Bustos deputy chief of staff)

Eligible institutions will be required to spend at least half of the allocated funds to provide direct relief grants to students to cover student costs of attendance, such as housing, food and technology expenses.

Similar to funding from previous federal relief packages, remaining funds can also be used by the institutions to cover lost revenue, technology costs due to remote learning, faculty and staff training, or payroll.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.