By Rebecca Perry
Illinois Rep. Diane Pappas, D-Bloomingdale, recently visited Edwards County to learn about agriculture, rural life and southern Illinois.
While on her visit, Pappas toured Stumpy Hill hog farm, a farrow-to-finish, independent hog farm. She saw a piglet being born, and toured the new barn being built. Bryan Roosevelt discussed with her the stewardship practices used on the farm, as well as the many aspects of running a hog farm with more than 6,000 hogs.
She also toured the local K-12 school and toured the facilities with the superintendent and principal. She discussed the similarities and differences between the schools in her district and Edwards County.
She was also given a presentation by the Edwards County FFA. Two representatives from the FFA chapter talked with her about the agricultural education program, what FFA is and how it has made a difference in their lives.
Photo: Rep. Diane Pappas, D-Bloomingdale, left, listens to Matt Lynch of Lynch Farms, Inc. discuss conservation practices he uses on his farm to control erosion and nutrient loss. (Photo by Rebecca Perry)
Pappas also learned about conservation practices farmers use, and took a combine ride while visiting Lynch Farms, Inc. Matt Lynch discussed with her how he works to save the soil and nutrients in the soil from erosion. While riding in the combine, she was able to see all the technology involved in harvesting a crop.
“Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference,” stated Jason Balding, Edwards County Farm Bureau president. “Seeing her eyes light up while in the combine and her joy in watching a piglet being born are things I will not soon forget, and hopefully, it’s the same for her.”
“To us, it’s something we take for granted because we are around it every day, but she wanted to know what FFA and 4-H each stood for,” stated Rebecca Perry, Edwards County Farm Bureau manager. “She stated she’s seen each organization at the capitol and knew of each organization’s importance to agriculture but didn’t know what each acronym stood for. Education on these organizations is vital.”
Edwards County Farm Bureau looks forward to continuing the work with Pappas to educate themselves about urban issues, as well as educating her about rural issues.
Rebecca Perry serves as Edward County Farm Bureau manager.
This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.