BLOOMINGTON – The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the USDA’s declaration of an agriculture disaster in all 102 Illinois counties.
“Most of this year has tested Illinois farmers’ mental and physical fortitude. Weather variability, from unrelenting spring rains to extreme July heat, has caused uncertainty in our communities as we head toward what is sure to be a long harvest. The Secretarial Disaster Declaration is a recognition of our struggles in 2019 through the availability of federal resources to aid our recovery. With this declaration, Illinois farmers will be eligible to access other forms of assistance from the USDA.
“We extend our sincere thanks to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan for their fight to get the declaration approved. We are also grateful to the USDA for their recognition of Illinois farmers’ trying times, and to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his continued support.”
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.