Illinois Farm Bureau State Farm, Country Financial Delay Return To Office Until 2021 By Eric Stock • Sep 18, 2020 Ashley Binkowski / WGLT State Farm and Country Financial plan to keep most of their employees working from home through at least the end of the year because of the pandemic. Illinois Farm Bureau President Backs China Trade Agreement In House Testimony By Charlie Schlenker • Feb 26, 2020 Facebook/Illinois Farm Bureau The head of the Illinois Farm Bureau on Wednesday told the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee the China trade agreement is good for the country. That's in spite of trade war damage to Illinois farmers. Davis, LaHood Praise Passage Of USMCA Trade Agreement By Ryan Denham • Dec 19, 2019 Staff / WGLT The two Republican congressmen who represent Bloomington-Normal praised bipartisan House passage of an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Illinois Farm Bureau: Trade Deal Will Help After 'Tough' 2019 By Eric Stock • Dec 10, 2019 Jeff Roberson / AP Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said Tuesday the new U.S. trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will make two of the state's top export markets even stronger. ISU Farm To Buy Equipment With $50K Gift From Illinois Farm Bureau By Ryan Denham • Oct 27, 2019 DeAnne Bloomberg / Illinois Farm Bureau The Illinois State University farm will buy new equipment with help from a $50,000 gift from the Illinois Farm Bureau's board of directors. With 'Muddled' Export Outlook, Farm Bureau Economist Says To 'Fertilize Multiple Markets' By Ryan Denham • Aug 2, 2019 Illinois Farm Bureau / Facebook An economist with the American Farm Bureau visiting Normal this week said the trade dispute with China has shown how “dangerous” overreliance on one customer can be. McLean County Farmers Seek To Grow Trendy Crop: Tourism By Eric Stock • Apr 19, 2019 Eric Stock / WGLT Many U.S. farmers are struggling to overcome a triple dose of bad news: trade disputes, low crop prices and, in some cases, flooding. Illinois Farm Bureau Slams Trump Budget Cuts By Eric Stock & Associated Press • Mar 11, 2019 Jacquelyn Martin / AP Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would have a devastating effect on farmers. Brexit Impact Unclear For Illinois Ag Producers By Eric Stock • Jan 17, 2019 Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP An Illinois farm economist says ag producers are taking a wait-and-see approach to whether Brexit will hurt their export markets. House Passes Farm Bill, Sending It To Trump's Desk By Ryan Denham & AP • Dec 12, 2018 Jeff Roberson / AP The House on Wednesday easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. Gov. Rauner Declares 'Harvest Emergency,' But Status Will Soon Become The Norm By Brian Mackey • Sep 10, 2018 Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois. Illinois Farm Bureau Welcomes Trade Deal With Mexico By Eric Stock • Aug 28, 2018 Evan Vucci / AP Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert on Monday applauded the preliminary trade deal the U.S. has reached with Mexico. Rauner, Pritzker Make Back-To-Back Pitches To Illinois Farmers By Ryan Denham • Aug 22, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker were minutes away from crossing paths Wednesday in Normal as they asked a tent full of farmers for their support. Illinois Farm Bureau To President: Thanks But Not Enough By Charlie Schlenker • Jul 24, 2018 Randy Wick / Flickr Farmers across the nation have expressed concern about economic hardship created by Trump tariffs and retaliation by other nations against U.S. agricultural products. Illinois Farm Bureau Asks For End To Trade Brinksmanship By Charlie Schlenker • Jul 13, 2018 United Soybean Board / Flickr The Illinois Farm Bureau is calling for the Trump administration to go to the bargaining table with China over tariffs. Amid Fight Over SNAP Benefits, Illinois Lobbyist Sees Upsides Of Farm Bill By Mary Cullen • Jun 28, 2018 Mary Cullen / WGLT The House version of a new farm bill would impose tough new work requirements on recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Trump's Tariffs Plan Worries Illinois Farmers By Ryan Denham • Mar 30, 2018 Gerry Broome / AP Illinois farmers have cheered President Donald Trump for his moves on regulatory relief, the federal tax overhaul, and his appointment of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Illinois Farmers Plan Another Push for Industrial Hemp By Jaclyn Driscoll • Jan 2, 2018 Dylan Lovan / AP Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it. Will Illinois be next? Illinois Farmers Grim About Ag Economy By Charlie Schlenker • Dec 5, 2017 Randy Wick / Flickr Illinois is now in year four of fairly low farm income and no turnaround is in sight, according to Farm Bureau Chief Economist Mike Doherty. Farm Bureau Speaker Tries To Build Trust In Food Safety By Charlie Schlenker & Kate Lorenz • Jul 25, 2017 Center for Food Integrity The public’s increased awareness of food safety has lead to perception problems for some Illinois farmers.