McLean County Farm Bureau leaders are pleased to call the McLean County Board an “Ally in Agriculture” after the board’s adoption of a resolution in support of agriculture, signifying local elected officials support for farmers.
“Our farming community would like to thank members of the McLean County board for showing their support by adopting this resolution,” said Mark Hines, McLean CFB President. “The resolution recognizes agriculture a major economic driver in McLean County and represents support from our local elected officials in advancing the continued strength and growth of agriculture in our area.”
The resolution states the significance of local agriculture including an estimated total economic impact of $1.5 billion annually, support for 5,593 jobs and farmland representing 10.5 percent of the local property tax base. It also recognizes McLean County for producing the largest volume of corn and soybeans of any county in the nation as well as a diverse range of other grain, specialty crops and livestock. The McLean County Board adopted the resolution September 15, 2022 following conversations with local farm leaders.
“Agriculture is the state’s largest industry, and passage of these Agriculture Resolutions show that our elected officials understand that agriculture goes far beyond providing food and fuel,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. “When a county board adopts these resolutions, they are showing their commitment to working with farm leaders so they can confidently be champions of agriculture.”
Local elected officials across the state are demonstrating support of their agricultural communities through the adoption of Agriculture Resolutions. County board members work with their local Farm Bureau on an ongoing basis to better understand the role agriculture plays in their local economy, such as providing jobs and generating property tax revenue, which is used to fund services for all citizens. The result is a strong working relationship between county officials and the agriculture community.