Richard Guebert Jr., Illinois Farm Bureau President. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)
By Ali Seys
Illinois Farm Bureau's Board of Directors will travel to McAllen, Texas this week to discuss trade, immigration and labor issues with its counterparts at the Texas Farm Bureau.
The biannual board trip will take place July 22 through July 25 and allow IFB directors to meet with state and county Farm Bureau presidents and board members, the Texas Department of Agriculture and other farmers.
IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. said the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be discussed throughout the trip.
“I’ll talk to a number of farmers about the challenges that they meet and talk about USMCA and what we can do to get that across the finish line,” Guebert said. “We’re going to learn how trade crosses the border both from Mexico and the U.S. and how that movement takes place.”
IFB issued an action request last week, requesting members send messages to Congress urging passage of USMCA.
Related: IFB members to Congress: Pass USMCA. Read more here.
Tuesday’s agenda includes a briefing from the Texas Department of Public Safety and a tour of a Department of Homeland Security Ag Inspection station. The board will also get an overview of Rio Grande Valley water supply and issues, including its new pump station and border fence on the Rio Grande River.
The tour of Rio Grande Valley will continue Wednesday at the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, a member-owned cooperative comprised of more than126 growers in a three-county area. The board also will tour the cotton and grain farm of Scott Frazier, Texas Farm Bureau Board of Director’s secretary/treasurer.
The final stop of the trip includes a tour of the Port of Corpus Christi, which houses one of the deepest channels in the Gulf of Mexico, serves three major rail lines and is within minutes of two major highways.
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