DECATUR, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) attended the Farm Progress Show on August 28 in Decatur, Illinois and witnessed first hand the farming technology available to the industry. The annual Farm Progress Show is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show and alternates annually, with shows in Decatur in odd-numbered years and in Boone, Iowa in even-numbered years.
In conjunction with the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Sen. Rezin joined a group of 60 lawmakers, local government, education and business leaders toured the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) “trading pit.” The tour was coordinated by Decatur area Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).
During the tour, ADM officials stressed the number one need for all business is governmental stability. Economic developers are concerned that Illinois’ fiscal instability and uncertain long-term taxation strategy could force jobs out of the state and dampen expectations for job growth.
The officials learned about the $9 billion intra-state economic footprint of ADM and the 21,000 different Illinois vendors which the company does business with. ADM directly employs 4,300 people at their headquarters and agricultural facilities in Macon County, alone.
Below Senator Rezin is pictured at the Illinois Farm Progress show speaking to local media.