This week has been a hot one for the IL Corn staff. We’ve been outside all week, talking with Illinois farmers about their futures and what working together can accomplish at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
No matter what, the Farm Progress Show is always excruciatingly hot or cold and rainy. But we love being there because we love farmers.
The thing is, farmers tend to be solitary creatures. I mean, you aren’t raised out in the middle of the country with your nearest neighbor a couple of miles away without developing a love of doing things on your own and being set apart. But when it comes to legislative and regulatory concerns – things that could put farmers out of business – one farmer acting on his own just can’t get it done.
That’s why farmers have the IL Corn Growers Association and the IL Corn Marketing Board. It’s a way to pool money, to accomplish things that are for the common good of all corn farmers. We work to minimize regulations and paperwork farmers have to complete. Farmers became farmers because they love being outside, not because they like sitting at a desk and doing paperwork.
We work to represent them in Congress on issues like crop insurance. After all, it’s hard to keep a farm in the family when Mother Nature is working against you and destroys a year of hard work.
We help them create markets for their crops so that they can focus on providing yields and managing the resources in their care. And we teach them how to talk about their story and their farm – how to share their story. It is pretty important in this technological age after all.
So this week, we sat at the Farm Progress Show. We talked to farmers about things coming up that they might want to think about. We encouraged them to talk to their elected officials. And we reminded them that their association always has their back.
It was a good week.