Thursday, September 04, 2014
Former Illinois Farm Bureau president Philip Nelson was back in the building recently, visiting friends and co-workers, but also for another important reason. Nelson was presented the first annual "Farmer of the Year Award," by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park.
IFB President Rich Guebert Jr. was also on hand to offer congratulations to the past president. Kirk gave the inaugural award to Nelson, recognizing his contributions to Illinois, the economy and livelihood of “thousands of farmers throughout Illinois.”
On his website, Senator Kirk continued his praise for Nelson and his work for agriculture. "As a fourth generation grain and livestock farmer, Philip always took a personal approach to his work on behalf of Illinois farmers. It was this approach that I appreciated most about Philip in his ten years as President of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Because of this, Philip has served as one of my most trusted advisers on agricultural issues."
He continued, "To Philip, agriculture is not just the largest industry in Illinois, it is the engine that drives local economies and puts food on the plate of families throughout Illinois. Throughout his career, Philip has supported Illinois farmers through his work to strengthen crop insurance in the farm bill, update aging U.S. transportation infrastructure, identify unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hurt farmers and the agriculture industry and much, much more."
Kirk also met with his agriculture advisory board at the IFB building.
Nelson served as Illinois Farm Bureau president from 2003 to 2013.
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