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Illinois Farm Bureau discusses top issues at annual meeting

Illinois Farm Bureau members outlined issues including trade agreements, climate change, and the Illinois progressive income tax during their annual meeting in Chicago this week.

President Richard Guebert tells Brownfield farmers need to be engaged in the climate conversation.

“Agriculture has a great story to tell. We have worked with conservation practices and we have sequestered carbon. The consumers, and in particular, our legislators really don’t know what we do or how we do it or why we do it, so we need to do a better job of telling our story.”

He says their delegation is very pleased with the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act.

“It’s good for the consumer, it’s good for the environment and yet it protects the livestock farmer.”

Guebert says getting international trade deals signed remains a top priority and IFB continues to oppose the Illinois Progressive Income Tax proposal which will be on the November ballot.

Interview with Richard Guebert

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