The Illinois Farm Bureau Board last week voted to oppose a proposed legislative measure to make the state agriculture director an elected position.
Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, had filed a Senate constitutional amendment to allow Illinois voters to elect the state ag director.
“The reason for IFB’s opposition to SJRCA 14 is because the election of a director of agriculture could be turned into a partisan battle instead of a vote on the person most qualified to represent Illinois agriculture,” said David Meiss, chairman of the IFB Illinois Government Committee. “There are also significant concerns that as the state continues to become more urban in population, voters become further removed from production agriculture, inhibiting the potential election of the best agricultural candidate.”
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