Sunday, December 02, 2012
Nelson: IFB Is Built to Stand the Test of
Farmers in the past 100 years survived
the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and World War II and just this
year the most severe drought since 1988.
But, in order to maintain the success for another 100-plus
years, farmers must unite and be creative to find solutions to a
number of current challenges, Philip Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau
President, said during his annual address to members and other
attendees at the IFB annual meeting in Chicago.
"We need to unite more than ever before given the seriousness of
issues we're facing," Nelson said.
The debt crisis in the European Union could be a preview of what
is to come in the U.S., which has a debt ceiling of $17 trillion
and more than 50 million citizens on food stamps.
"We face our own fiscal cliff," Nelson said. "It is time
lawmakers at the state and national level get their arms around
this important issue."
Nelson also called for common sense regulatory framework and tax
policy that is long-term, sensible, and built to last for the ag
industry, which this year posted a net trade surplus of $34
"It's time to inject common sense (in legislation affecting
agriculture) so we don't injure an industry that's the backbone of
Looking ahead, Nelson said IFB and farmers must grapple with key
questions that will impact the industry that include: What impact
will changing demographics have on the industry?; how can farmers
connect with consumers?; and how can Farm Bureau continue in the
next century with a business model that's built to last?
"We've got to do the best we can to make sure this organization
and family of companies is built to last the test of time," he
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