It’s become a tradition and we aren’t stopping now! Want to know what’s on IL Corn’s Christmas list this year? We’re hoping Santa brings us …
3. A Functioning State and Federal Government
Here’s the thing: an organization like ours appreciates the opportunity to get things done. Getting things done within a non-functioning government framework is very, very difficult. Ergo, our organization isn’t getting anything done for farmers – and it’s frustrating.
Illinois is in a bit different scenario than some of our fellow Midwestern ag states. Most of them are dealing with the same frustrating federal government status quo, but they find opportunities to benefit farmers in their states by moving state initiatives and they still accomplish some good.
In Illinois, we can’t move state OR federal initiatives. So we often feel like we’re twiddling our thumbs.
In spite of the broken state of our state and federal government, we have accomplished a few things:
- The livestock industry in Illinois is growing. Certainly, this has much to do with market signals that are screaming at farmers to invest, but the economic impact that results from investment in the livestock industry (an estimated $70 million!) can’t hurt our broken state.
- We are effectively working with our state EPA and other agencies to clean up Illinois water. To date, we have several important projects going on – both research and educational – to help farmers understand the VOLUNTARY practices that will minimize nutrient run off. When we keep the practices voluntary but still accomplish the goal, we relieve the burden of paperwork for farmers and the cost of implementation for our state.
- We’ve secured some federal grant monies to help with that fuel pump standardization priority that I mentioned yesterday. With any luck, many of the fuel pumps will be ready to handle higher blends of ethanol by this time next year!
Though we’ve found places to make a difference and we’re continuing to positively impact the farmers in Illinois, it would definitely be nice to have a functioning government to help and not hinder our growth.
Santa, this is a huge ask, but can you make our government work!?
We also want: