Agriculture & Rural Development
Fighting For Agriculture and Rural Development
Some of the world’s richest farmland is in the 17th District, and as our number one industry, agriculture supports our economy in a variety of ways.
Our region is the home to thousands of farmers and millions of acres of farmland. It is a world leader in agricultural products, including grain and oilseed production, as well as hogs and cattle.
It is also home to the headquarters of large manufacturing employers Caterpillar and Deere & Co., which employ thousands of workers.
Additionally, the USDA research center in Peoria is at the forefront of finding new uses for crops and creating new technology that improves environmental quality and food safety.
We need to sustain and enhance our agricultural economy and take advantage of our natural resources, using them as tools of economic competitiveness and growth. We have an abundant supply of soil, wind, sunshine and water in our region that we can make into the foundation for new ethanol, biodiesel, hydroelectric power, solar and wind energy.
As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and the Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee and the Livestock and Rural Development Subcommittee, I will fight each and every day for our region’s agricultural community.
My vision for strengthening our agricultural economy, both in rural areas and small towns, is anchored in growth and sustainability:
- Support alternative energy projects via low interest revolving loan funds.
- Promote LEEDS certification in new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings to meet higher sustainability standards.
- Improve broadband access to underserved and rural communities.
- Focus eco-energy industrial parks on assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Eliminate trade barriers that hinder U.S. agricultural product exportation.
More on Agriculture & Rural Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded new rules from the Departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for American manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Deere & Co., to export goods to Cuba. Since Congresswoman Bustos returned from her bipartisan trade mission to Cuba in October, she has been focused on cutting through red tape to make it easier for Cuba to access the same kinds of standard credit markets and terms offered by virtually every other nation in the world when they make imports.
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that their request for increased funding for rail safety was included in the year end spending bill. The bill is expected to come to the House floor for a vote on Friday.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. This final version of the conference bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to the President to be signed into law. The final vote was 359 to 65.
Washington, DC - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its long awaited decision to increase ethanol usage in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In June, the EPA released a proposed rule with significantly lower biofuel requirements, so as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Biofuels Caucus, Bustos fought back and helped secure this improved standard.
Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) announced that they have signed on to support the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (H.R. 3687), making it a bipartisan bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two year bill to fund the federal government. While Bustos largely agreed with many positive aspects of the compromise, she strongly pushed back on a provision that would have harmed Illinois farmers.
Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Illinois will be receiving nearly $12 million in United States Department of Agriculture funding from the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program. Nationally, these funds will be used to nearly double the number of fueling pumps that supply renewable fuels to American motorists.
This announcement comes after months of behind the scenes work by Rep. Bustos to secure these funds to strengthen Illinois’ agricultural economy.
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her advocacy on behalf of rural economic development and energy independence by joining with the other members of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. They urged her to make significant changes to the agency’s proposed rule on renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They also called on the agency to use criteria found in statue to determine domestic biofuel volumes and follow Congressional intent when it passed the RFS.
Last night, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) returned to the United States from the Illinois Cuba Working Group’s Bipartisan Agricultural Trade Mission to Havana. To establish new economic opportunities for Illinois farmers, Bustos, Davis and Illinois agricultural and business leaders met with Cuban officials to discuss opportunities to increase our exports to the island nation and strengthen bilateral trade relations.
Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) announced they will be traveling to Cuba as part of a bipartisan agricultural trade mission to establish new economic development and export opportunities for Illinois farmers. The Oct. 11-14 trip, which is being sponsored by the Illinois Cuba Working Group, will include meetings and discussions with officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alimport (which coordinates all overseas purchases in Cuba), a tour of the Cuban marketplace and several additional diplomatic meetings.