Durbin Meets with Illinois Corn Growers



[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association to discuss implementation of the Farm Bill and other agricultural priorities. The group also discussed the recently passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which aims to improve America’s waterway infrastructure – a critical issue to Illinois farming communities. A photo of today’s meeting is available here.


“Earlier this year, Congress passed a 5-year Farm Bill and a new Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Together these bills have given our farmers certainty during this crop year and will help make improvements to our waterways to better transport those crops,” Durbin said. “I was pleased, today, to meet with members of one of Illinois’ largest farming organizations - the Illinois Corn Growers.  We agreed to continue working together improve Illinois’ farm economy.”


In February, Congress passed the Farm Bill, which will save roughly $23 billion over the next 10 years compared to pre-sequestration budget levels, reform several titles to help producers better manage risk, make key investments in energy and research, ensure programs are in place to help rural communities grow and thrive, and help those most in need put food on the table. More information on the Farm Bill is available here.

In June, the President signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 into law. The bill authorizes critical investments in Illinois priorities and will help better prepare the Illinois, the Midwest, and the country for extreme weather events like droughts and floods. Details of the bill are available here.