Congressman John Shimkus was presented with a “Friend of Agriculture” Award by the Coles County Farm Bureau through the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Activator Program.
He began his first term as a United States Representative in 1996, serving what was then Illinois’ 20th District. From 2003-2013 he represented the 19th District and now represents the 15th District, 33 counties that stretch from near St. Louis to the Indiana border and from Hoopeston south to Metropolis.
Congressman Shimkus has been a strong advocate for Farm Bureau priorities in Washington for many years. In this past Congress, he has helped Farm Bureau pass the first Farm Bill in six years and the first water resources bill in seven years. The Farm Bill that finally passed earlier this year reflects key Farm Bureau priorities including enhanced and strengthened crop insurance, a choice of revenue and price commodity programs, and budget savings.
The WRRDA bill will speed up studies and environmental reviews on waterways projects and end up saving money. In addition, the inland waterway trust fund will no longer have to bear the burden for the never ending Olmsted Lock and Dam project. Congressman Shimkus has been a defender of livestock producers’ responsible use of antibiotics to treat their herds. He has been a strong opponent of job killing proposed EPA water and air regulations and always an advocate for renewable fuels. Finally, Rep. Shimkus has a huge district, and somehow remains visible to all of us in Farm Bureau by holding office hours and by always being accessible when he’s home.