Congressmen visit Henry County

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) visits with Kathy Nelson, a member of the Henry County Board, during a meeting of elected officials, mayors and constituents at the County Seat Bar and Grill in Cambridge Thursday, April 28. U.S. Representatives Hultgren and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) were in Henry County discussing the area’s agriculture and its importance to the economy.

    On Thursday, April 28, U.S. Representatives Bobby Schilling (IL-17), Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Illinois 37th District Senator Darin LaHood traveled across Henry County and met with local farmers, mayors and other elected officials to discuss the area’s agriculture and its importance to the economy.        

    According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the state of Illinois has more than 76,000 farms that cover nearly 27 million acres.

    Both Schilling and Hultgren serve on the House Committee on Agriculture and the two share representation of Henry County, known for its corn, soybean, hog, and cattle production.

     Schilling and Hultgren privately toured several locations around Henry County to hear first-hand from those in the field on agriculture issues important to them.

     "I'm enjoying touring numerous agricultural facilities and meeting with local elected officials in Henry County," said Hultgren. "As a Congressman, some of my most important work is done when I am in the district meeting with constituents. My goal is to take what I learn during Henry County Agriculture Day back to Washington so that I can be a stronger voice for the Ag. Community."

     Schilling, Hultgren and LaHood also met elected officials, mayors and constituents from Henry County from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the County Seat Bar and Grill to get their insight.

     “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with folks from Henry County to discuss agriculture,” Schilling said. “The 17th district is one of the top grain, hog and pig producing districts in the entire country and agriculture plays a critical role to the local economy.  Randy and I enjoyed to listening to constituents so we can deliver the voice of rural America to our colleagues in Congress.”