Application Deadline Extended for Infrastructure Tour



It's a busy time for farmers who are hitting the fields, and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) wants to make sure our members don't miss out on an upcoming study opportunity. That's why we've extended the application deadline for the 2014 IFB Infrastructure Study Tour.

The new deadline is JUNE 13 at 5 p.m., provided:

  • Your county Farm Bureau lets the IFB Commodities Department know by May 31 that they have a candidate.

This year's tour will be in the United States and will focus on port, river, rail, and highway issues. The dates for the tour are Saturday, August 30 through Saturday, September 6.

Participants will have an opportunity to see major U.S. ports in the south-southeast and to learn more about expansions, upgrades, or challenges at those ports, as well as major ag-related products moving into and out of those ports. Ports will include: 

  • Galveston/Port Arthur Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Norfolk, Virginia

Participants will also meet with several stakeholders at each port, including:

  • Exporters
  • Importers
  • Port Authorities
  • Railroads
  • Unions
  • and more

Tamara Nelsen, Senior Director of Commodities for IFB, talked about what they hope to achieve through this tour. "Our ultimate goal is to develop a cadre of farmer leaders who can speak with authority on river, rail, highway, and other infrastructure issues and assist with future legislative priorities in these areas," she said. "Maintaining the competitiveness of American agriculture via investments in our infrastructure and cooperation with like-minded groups and coalitions will be a key outcome of the tour."

Here are a few more details:

  • All travel between cities is by air and all travel in and around ports is by mini-bus.
  • Approximate cost is $3,500 per person, based on shared lodging.
  • Cost includes all airfare, meals, lodging, and travel insurance.

If you would like to participate, please read the background information on the tour at:

Then, fill out and submit the on-line application, and provide a printed copy to your local county Farm Bureau for possible sponsorship or approval.

If you have questions, contact Nicole Moore, of IFB Governmental Affairs and Commodities ( or 309-557-3343).



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