U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth Wednesday discussed crop insurance, trade and other ag-related issues with Illinois Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors.
Duckworth’s discussion came during her first visit to IFB’s headquarters in Bloomington.
“The Farm Bureau and farmers in Illinois have been so wonderful, and warm and welcoming to me from the time that I was a candidate all the way through now,” Duckworth said. “And I really value the relationship that we’ve built to try and make sure that I can really represent farmers and ag. We are the gold standard for the world. The crops that we grow, the livestock that we raise – the rest of the world wants to buy them from us and we need to make sure we protect that and maintain our ability to do that. We can’t be the greatest nation on the face of the Earth if we can’t feed ourselves.”
Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, told the RFD Radio Network she remains a major proponent of crop insurance, IFB’s top farm bill priority.
“The issue that we have with crop insurance in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, is that most of those members are not from ag communities. And they don’t get it,” she said. “They don’t understand that farmers actually buy crop insurance. I’ll hear from members of Congress who say, ‘that’s a handout.’ I immediately correct them.”