Farmers lobby for farm bill, trade on Capitol Hill

Illinois Farm Bureau's Leaders to Washington trip enters its final day.

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Illinois Farm Bureau's Ryan Whitehouse, left, prepares Illinois farmers for a meeting with their member of Congress Wednesday. (Photo by Deana Stroisch)

By Deana Stroisch

More than 20 Illinois farmers spent Wednesday on Capitol Hill advocating for trade, crop insurance and infrastructure funding.

The farmers, part of Illinois Farm Bureau’s Leaders to Washington trip, met with their member of Congress or their staff and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield.

“We’re here at a critical time for a lot of issues,” said Adam Nielsen, IFB’s director of national legislation and policy development.

Their visit came as leaders conducted the seventh round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The group visited the Canadian Embassy and discussed the importance of trade between the two countries. Farmers also met with an official from the United States Trade Representative.

Leaders to Washington participants pose outside of Rep. Adam Kinzingers office following a meeting with his staff. (Photo by Deana Stroisch)
Leaders to Washington participants pose outside of Rep. Adam Kinzinger's office following a meeting with his staff. (Photo by Deana Stroisch)

On Thursday, the group will meet with USDA officials and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, before returning home.

For more trip updates, visit FarmWeekNow.com, or follow #L2DC on Twitter.

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