Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Twelve Illinois farmers this summer will get a firsthand look at U.S. port infrastructure needs in the southwest.
Illinois Farm Bureau has announced the names of the farmers selected for this year’s Study Tour, scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 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; J.C. Reitmeier Jr., Champaign County; and J. Larry Miller, IFB director from Franklin County.
Ron Pierson and Chet Esther from GROWMARK and Scott Sigman of the Illinois Soybean Association will also attend.
“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 Tamara Nelsen, IFB senior director of commodities. “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.” Nelsen leads the annual tour.
The tour includes visits to ports in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia. This year’s study tour is the first to be held within the United States. IFB typically hosts more than a dozen farmers on the annual trip.
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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