IFB plans “Waters of the U.S.” Sessions Statewide


Ditch -The -Rule -280x 420 (2)Illinois Farm Bureau will hold eight meetings across the state to help farmers better understand the proposed rule defining “waters of the U.S.”

Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources, and Adam Nielsen, director of national legislation and policy development, will provide an overview of the 370-page proposal and answer questions.

“This is just another phase in our strategy to educate our membership about the impact this proposed rule would have on their individual operations,” Lurkins said. “We’ve been promoting our position through FarmWeek, the radio and a bunch of different avenues, but there’s nothing that can replace face-to-face discussion with our individual members.”

The meetings will be held the week of Aug. 4. Most are open to all Farm Bureau members regardless of their county residence, but seating could be limited. Reservations are required.

Scheduled meetings include:

  • Bureau/Lee: 8 a.m. Aug. 4. at Bureau County Farm Bureau, 535 Elm Place, Princeton. RSVP: Bureau County Farm Bureau at 815-875-6468 or bcfb@comcast.net, or to Lee County Farm Bureau at 815-857-3531 or leecfb@comcast.net
  • Champaign/Douglas/Ford-Iroquois/Piatt: 8 a.m. Aug. 5 at Champaign County Farm Bureau, 801 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. RSVP: 217-352-5235 or ccfb@ccfarmbureau.com and indicate your county of residence.
  • Coles/Shelby: (please note corrected time) 6 P.M. Aug. 5. at Custom Smokehouse, 3020 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. RSVP: 217-774-2151 or shelbycofb@consolidated.net by Aug. 1.
  • Mason/Menard: 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at Mason County Farm Bureau, 127 S. High St., Havana. RSVP: 309-543-4451 or rdeuth@casscomm.com.
  • Pike/Scott/Adams: 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Pike County Farm Bureau, 1301 E. Washington St., Pittsfield.  A light supper will be served. RSVP: 217-285-2233 or office@pikecfb.org.
  • Sangamon: 8 a.m. Aug. 6 at Sangamon County Farm Bureau, 2631 Beechler Ct., Springfield. RSVP: 217-753-5200 or amason@sangamonfb.org.
  • Stephenson: Noon Aug. 4 at Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport. RSVP: 815-232-3186.
  • Will/Cook/DuPage/Kendall: Noon Aug. 7 at Will County Farm Bureau, 100 Manhattan Road, Joliet. RSVP: 815-727-4811 or wcfb@willcfb.com.

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