Congressman Rodney Davis said he will remain on the House agriculture Commiittee a member of the Republican Minority to help Central Illinois agriculture. Stu Ellis recently visited with him about his new roll as well as ag research in the new Farm Bill
Davis has been a champion for ag research dollars coming to the University of Illinois for FAR, Food and agricultural research…
FAR has invested in 2 research programs at the University of Illinois in the college of ACES right now. These are your tax dollars coming back to our communities to help us research the next generation of growing food in this country for the ever growing populations of the world. And for the institutions like Illinois state, and Southern Illinois university at Edwardsville, and Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin University, beyond the University of Illinois, we’ve given them more access to compete for USDA grant dollars for agricultural research too, being a non-land grant institution. These are big wins for Central Illinois.
And Davis said he will work well with the incoming Democratic chairman Collin Peterson from Minnesota.
The ag policies that are important to his farmers in Minnesota are the same to many of my farmers here in Central Illinois. Collin and I have a great relationship. As a matter of fact, of not only working together in the past, but we talk to each other about ag policy and ag programs on a regular basis. He’s not shy in letting me know when he thinks that an idea that I’ve had or someone else has had may not meet his standards, but that is what legislating is all about. I am looking forward to working with him. I have really enjoyed what chairman Mike Conaway has given me the opportunity to do. But I am really looking forward to Collin Peterson and being able to work with him too.
That’s our report from the Farm, I’m stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.