Durbin Meets With The Illinois Farm Bureau To Discuss Farming Conditions, Disaster Aid, & Trade Policy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, met with the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades. During the meeting, farmers expressed concerns with the Trump Administration’s uncertain trade approach with China, and the importance of more federal investments in infrastructure, like rural broadband. They also discussed the Trump Administration’s abuse of small oil refinery waivers that have hurt the biofuels market.

“This President’s unpredictable trade strategies with our biggest agriculture markets, from Mexico to China, has hit Illinois farmers hard.  I’ve never seen a group from the Farm Bureau so worried about what the future holds.  It’s time for President Trump to end the games, open our markets back up, and let Illinois’ agriculture businesses succeed again,” Durbin said.