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