Infrastructure Tour Group In Progress


Marketstudyins (2)A group of 15 people, 12 of whom are Illinois farmers, are getting a firsthand look at U.S. port infrastructure needs in the southwest on the 2014 IFB Infrastructure Study Tour.

The group left August 30 and will return September 6.

The farmers include: Larry Beck, White County; Paul Beisiegel, St. Clair County; Nelda Burnett, Massac County; Dave Carr, Macon County; Rock Katschnig, Henry County; Jeff Kirwan, Mercer County; Jim Malley, Warren-Henderson Counties; Brian Niemann, Montgomery County; and J.C. Reitmeier Jr., Champaign County. Larry Miller, IFB director from Franklin County, Ron Pierson from Bureau and Chet Esther from Schuyler counties (both directors for Growmark), Scott Sigman of the Illinois Soybean Association, and Tamara Nelsen and Deana Stroisch, IFB staff, will also attend. Nelsen is Senior Director of Commodities and Stroisch is agricultural policy editor for FarmWeek.

 “We have an excellent group of farmer-leaders on this trip from across the state and anticipate they will be active participants in future advocacy for infrastructure maintenance and improvements,” said IFB's Nelsen, who is leading the tour. 

“All of them are keenly aware of the critical function that infrastructure plays in their farm operation, bottom line, and the long-term success and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.” she added.

So far, the group has visited ports in Texas and Louisiana and will visit Georgia and Virginia. This year’s study tour is the first to be held within the United States. Learn more about this year's tour.

Participants applied for the tour and were selected by a panel of judges.

Upon their return, participants will do presentations and give media interviews regarding their tour experience.




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Meet the Participants

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