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|Hare First Democrat to be Named "Friend of Agriculture"
|Friday was a history making day at the Illinois Farm Bureau. For the first time in the history of the 17th District, the Farm Bureau endorsed a Democratic candidate in Phil Hare for Congress. Hare says was happy to receive the endorsement as well as obtaining the Bureau's Friend of Agriculture award, also the first time that honor was bestowed on a 17th District congressman.
The Rock Island Democrat pointed to his ability to listen to what farmers' needs are as a positive on his congressional record as he stated he has never been a farmer. Hare noted all his hard work in trying to pass the Farm Bill and override a presidential veto on a bill which created a strong safety net for farmers and bolstered energy programs by 600 percent. Hare told farmers that renewable fuels is an important asset that this county needs to focus on. "I'm an absolute strong, strong supporter of alternative fuels, bio-diesel and ethanol" Hare said, "not just because economically it's great for this district, but it is great for this nation. So we need to shift to alternative forms of energy, and I can't think of a better way to do it than bio-diesel, ethanol, wind, solar, particularly in the renewable fuel section."
Hare said he wants to rebuild levy systems in agricultural areas and help to get more money to the farmers from their products. He said that he is proud of what he has done for farmers over the past two years and constantly looks at what bills do that both help and hurt people in his district. Hare is one of three Illinois Congressmen running unopposed in the November election.
(Congressman Phil Hare, right, receives the Friend of Agriculture Award from Rob Link, left, Knox County Farm Bureau President. Story by Dominic Fortini. Photo Courtesy Knox County Farm Bureau.)
|10 17 08 by Newsroom
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