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Illinois’ core industry – agriculture – is facing multiple threats from the Governor, and lawmakers must step forward to protect key programs, a group of State Senators said April 15.

State Senators John O. Jones of Mount Vernon, Tim Bivins of Dixon, Gary Dahl of Granville, Brad Burzynski of Clare, Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville, Dale Risinger of Peoria, and Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson of Greenville emphasized a need for all sides to come together to restore the state’s commitment to agriculture – the state’s largest industry – and develop solutions. The first step, they said, is a joint House-Senate hearing scheduled at 8:00 a.m., April 16.

“Agriculture is the state’s number one industry – an industry that pumps $9 billion into the Illinois economy and provides more than 1 million jobs,” Senator Bivins said. “It’s crucial for Republicans and Democrats to work together to ensure our state policies help our farm economy grow and expand. The joint House-Senate hearing April 16 will be an opportunity for us to examine the state’s agricultural policies. We feel there are several areas that need improvement, and we look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to change things for the better.”

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