Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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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

Feb 7, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement applauding President Obama signing the Farm Bill into law today in Michigan.
Feb 7, 2014
As a young girl growing up in central Illinois, few things made me happier than my family’s trips to my grandparents' farm in Milford.
Feb 4, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of the first bipartisan, five-year Farm Bill since 2008.
Jan 29, 2014
Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both voted for the farm bill that passed the House on Wednesday by a 251-166 vote.
Jan 29, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos a member of the House Agriculture Committee, supported passage of the first bipartisan, five-year Farm Bill since 2008.
Jan 7, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced support for bipartisan legislation that would reward hunters from across the country who donate wild game to food banks that help feed the hungry.
Oct 12, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after House leadership finally allowed the Farm Bill to go to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the Senate-passed Farm Bill.
Aug 15, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced that five agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District will receive a total of $79,548 to reduce their energy consumption and costs and use renewable energy technologies in their operations.
Aug 1, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after reports of a House Republican agreement on a nutrition bill that would cut $40 billion from nutrition funding for families and children.
Jun 18, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, continued her call for passage of a five-year Farm Bill in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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