IFB Adopt-a-Legislator Program connects legislator to rural Illinois

By Doug Anderson

Illinois Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II, D-Chicago, visited Wayne and White Counties recently as part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Legislator Program. Tarver was joined by his daughter, Charliegh, and her godfather, Jason, as well as several directors and staff of the Farm Bureau organization. It was Tarver’s first visit to the counties.

His first stop was at the farm of the Byars family north of Geff. Rodney, Ritchie, Hayden and Matthew Byars discussed the use of grid and variable rate technology on the farm. Tarver learned about raising cattle as well as experienced corn harvest from the cab of the combine in a nearby field.

The group then traveled south to Grayville where they met with Todd Neibel, Dmitri Krajec and Travis Correll with Wabash Valley Service Company (WVSC). Following lunch, the WVSC team led a discussion on how the cooperative analyzes data obtained from a farmer’s field and helps farmers maximize their efficiency with their crop input applications.

Rep. Curtis Tarver, right, experiences corn harvest in Wayne County as part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Legislator program. He talked with host farmer Hayden Byars. (Photo by Doug Anderson)Photo: Rep. Curtis Tarver, right, experiences corn harvest in Wayne County as part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Legislator program. He talked with host farmer Hayden Byars. (Photo by Doug Anderson)

The next stop was Geo Mitchell Drilling in Carmi. The group heard a presentation from company owner Chris Mitchell regarding oil production activity in the Illinois Basin. Also presenting was Seth Whitehead from the Illinois Petroleum Resources Board. Ryan Mitchell, Jake Campbell and Ross Barnett led the group on a tour of an active oil well site east of Crossville.

The day ended with dinner at The Social House in Carmi. Tarver was joined by directors from the Wayne and White County Farm Bureaus. They discussed various issues facing farmers in southeastern Illinois and reiterated the priorities of the organization.

The Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Legislator program seeks to pair Illinois urban legislators with downstate county Farm Bureaus, so they can learn more about agriculture and the issues facing rural Illinois counties. Leaders of Wayne and White County Farm Bureaus plan to meet with Tarver again while attending the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago next month.

Doug Anderson serves as manager of Wayne County and White County Farm Bureaus.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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