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USEPA Begins Process to Rescind the Waters of the US Rule

Earlier this summer, USEPA issued its proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.  This is the first of a two-part approach Administrator Pruitt plans to take to rescind and then replace the WOTUS rule.  Both parts of the plan will undergo notice and comment, and therefore, Farm Bureau and interested members will have opportunities at both times to file public comments.  The 2015 WOTUS rule- marketed by the USEPA as the “clean water rule” had more to do with land than water. ·       It was a land-grab that created confusion and uncertainty for regulators and farmers, ranchers and others who depend on their ability to work the land. ·       It imposed enormous regulatory road blocks and costs for simply moving dirt in low spots on the landscape. ·       The rule’s definition of “tributary” was so broa ...

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Cook County Minimum Wage Increase to go into Effect on July 1

Under an ordinance approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County employers will be required to pay the following hourly rates: ·       $10.00 per hour beginning on July 1, 2017 ·       $11.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2018 ·       $12.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2019 ·       $13.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2020 Beginning on July 1, 2021 and on every July 1 thereafter, the greater of: ·       The minimum wage set by the Minimum Wage Law or ·       The minimum hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act or ·      ...

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Farm Bureau Schedules Staff Exchange Program for Legislators and Staff

On Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 25 Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting a Cook County farm-business/food processor tour for Cook County government officials and staff.  The program is designed to provide Cook County legislators and their staffs with an enhanced understanding of Cook County farms-businesses and how they relate to Cook County government. All tour sites will be located in Cook County.  There are no repeat sites from prior programs. On Monday, July 10 tour participants will depart from the Cook County Farm Bureau® office in Countryside.  This tour will include a visit to Nufarm Limited in Alsip and Chicago Heights.  Nufarm is one of the world's leading crop protection and specialist seeds companies and produces products to help farmers protect their crops against damage caused by weeds, pests and disease.  On Tuesday, July 25 tour participants will depart from the Cook County building.  This tour will include a visit to the North Lawndale Youth Fa ...

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Farm Bureau Schedules Staff Exchange Program for Legislators and Staff

On Tuesday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 25 Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting a Cook County farm-business/food processor tour for Cook County government officials and staff.  The program is designed to provide Cook County legislators and their staffs with an enhanced understanding of Cook County farms-businesses and how they relate to Cook County government. All tour sites will be located in Cook County.  There are no repeat sites from prior programs. On Tuesday, July 11 tour participants will depart from the Cook County Farm Bureau® office in Countryside.  This tour will include a visit to Nufarm Limited in Alsip and Chicago Heights.  Nufarm is one of the world's leading crop protection and specialist seeds companies and produces products to help farmers protect their crops against damage caused by weeds, pests and disease.  On Tuesday, July 25 tour participants will depart from the Cook County building.  This tour will include a visit to the North Lawndale Youth F ...

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Senator Cunningham Tours Local Farms

Senate Agriculture Committee member Senator Bill Cunningham visited local farms this spring to discuss spring planting and the issues impacting Illinois farmers.  Pictured left to right is Board member Janet McCabe and Senator Bill Cunningham.

State and Local Legislative Briefing Scheduled for March 27

Join renowned speakers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about state and local issues.  Topics include current legislative issues and Farm Bureau’s 2017 legislative priorities.  Ample discussion time is scheduled.

 March 27, 2017

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie (Community Room, 5th Floor)

211 E. Grand Street, Chicago

11:30 a.m. (Lunch)

Discussion begins at 12:00 p.m.

This discussion is open to legislators and their legislative staff only.  For additional information or to register for the event please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276.

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Mark y ...

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State and Local Legislative Briefing Scheduled for March 27

Join renowned speakers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about state and local issues.  Topics include current legislative issues and Farm Bureau’s 2017 legislative priorities.  Ample discussion time is scheduled.

 March 27, 2017

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie (Community Room, 5th Floor)

211 E. Grand Street, Chicago

11:30 a.m. (Lunch)

Discussion begins at 12:00 p.m.

 This discussion is open to legislators and their legislative staff only.  For additional information or to register for the event please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276.

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Additi ...

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Members Invited to Attend a Policy Discussion with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability on September 13

Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will discuss the economic status of the state on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Farm Bureau office (6438 Joliet Road, Countryside).

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability was formed in 2000 to be a bipartisan, nonprofit research, and advocacy think tank that works across ideological lines to promote social and economic justice for everyone, from traditionally disadvantaged populations to the middle-class.

For additional information about any of these events, please contact us at (708) 354-3276.

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