In recognition of his advocacy on behalf of Illinois’ farmers, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Activator Program of the Illinois Farm Bureau. In presenting the award, Kara Norton, Executive Director of the DuPage County Farm Bureau, said Rep. Wehrli’s voting record on issues affecting the agriculture industry was among the most supportive in the state.
“Agriculture is the number one driver of our economy, and in Illinois, one of every four people works in the agriculture industry,” said Wehrli. “Farmers are a critical part of the fabric of our state, and as a legislator I am committed to helping them with their goal of improving food production practices and ensuring a plentiful and safe food supply.”
The award is based on each legislator’s voting record in the 101st General Assembly on issues facing the farming community. There were 11 bills considered under this year’s voting criteria, including legislation on the minimum wage, the graduated income tax, and legislation affecting ethanol plants and the department of labor.
Legislators receiving this award recognize the far-reaching benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products and the important role farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for the state, nation, and world. Created in 1913, the DuPage County Farm Bureau is one of the oldest bureaus of its kind in the United States. The DuPage County Farm Bureau currently includes approximately 15,000 members.
“Our DuPage County Farm Bureau is a leading voice of agriculture and I appreciate their informational and educational efforts throughout the County. I am especially appreciative of their programs that educate more than 10,000 students in DuPage County about the importance of the agriculture industry,” said Wehrli.