Bustos Introduces Ron Moore, President of American Soybean Association, at Agriculture Hearing

Ron Moore is the past President of the Illinois Soybean Association and is a farmer from Roseville, Illinois

WASHINGTON – Today, at a House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced Ron Moore, the President of the American Soybean Association. Moore hails from Roseville, in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, and is the past President of the Illinois Soybean Association. Bustos, who is a strong advocate for our agricultural economy, has been fighting against the proposed 21 percent cut in United States Department of Agriculture funding which would hurt small communities and make it harder for farmers to succeed.

“With agriculture being the number one economic driver in Illinois, and our state as the number one soybean producer in the country, I’m very pleased that Ron Moore was able to share his perspective by testifying before Congress today,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “To have a strong and thriving heartland, we need to work with our farmers to create the right economic environment where they can grow and succeed – this is why I am deeply concerned about President Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the Department of Agriculture by 21 percent. As the Agriculture Committee gears up for the next Farm Bill, it’s important to hear from Illinois’ farmers and producers to learn how we can best assist and grow our agricultural economy. It was an honor to welcome Ron to the Agriculture Committee today and I’ll continue being a strong voice for Illinois’ farmers and producers in Congress.”

The committee heard testimony on the current status of the farm economy, important role of biofuels to the rural economy and the importance of including a strong safety net in the next Farm Bill.

The text of Congresswoman Bustos’ remarks can be found below:

Good morning.

It’s my privilege to introduce Ron Moore, who’s from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and is the President of the American Soybean Association.

A native of Roseville, Illinois, Ron is also the past Chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association.

With his wife, Deborah, and son, Mike, Ron has a soybean, corn, alfalfa and feeder cattle operation.

In addition to the Soybean Association, he has been involved with the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Beef Association and the Illinois Corn Growers Association, among others. 

I’d also like to add that it’s fitting to have an Illinoisan testify before us at this hearing today.

Many know Illinois for our World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and our deep dish pizza.

But most of Illinois is rural – and agriculture is still the number one economic driver in Illinois.

And Illinois is the number one soybean producing state in the country.

In fact, our producers harvested about 15% of the U.S. soybean crop.

So I am pleased to welcome Ron to our hearing, and I look forward to hearing his testimony today.