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Action Request: Urge Congress to pass a farm bill during the lame duck session

11/08/2018 @ 2:35 pm

Cook County Farm Bureau® members have patiently waited for Congress to pass the next farm bill. The election is now over. No more excuses for inaction. And time is short. There’s only a month- roughly 16 session days- to get a farm bill passed and enacted before the end of the year.

Farm Bureau Actively Engaging in Conversations Regarding the Cook County Wheel Tax

10/10/2018 @ 8:50 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

In September, Cook County Farm Bureau® sent the following letter to the Department of Revenue and Cook County Commissioners regarding the Wheel Tax:

Numerous Cook County Farm Bureau® members have voiced concerns regarding the Cook County Wheel Tax.

Farm Bureau Supports the Chicago Horse Carriage Industry

10/04/2018 @ 8:55 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Cook County Farm Bureau® sent the following letter to the Chicago Committee on Licenses and Consumer Protection in support of the Chicago horse carriage industry:

Carriage horses are an iconic part of Chicago.

Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem is not a Driveway Marker

10/04/2018 @ 8:45 am

Farming is a job for all seasons. Farmers travel with their equipment on local highways and roads year-round, and especially as during planting and harvesting time.

As we enter the Fall harvest season, Cook County Farm Bureau wants to make sure that everyone is aware of farm equipment traveling on local highways and roads.

Harvest Season Emergency Permit Now Available

09/14/2018 @ 2:10 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Earlier this fall, Governor Bruce Rauner declared an emergency harvest period until December 31. This permit is only applicable for the transportation of all agricultural commodities from “Illinois’ fields to market and also to and between storage or processing facilities.”

Farm Bureau Negotiates Changes to Cook County Zoning Code

09/04/2018 @ 8:55 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Farm Bureau actively engaged with Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Chairman of the Committee on Building and Zoning and the Building and Zoning Department to minimize the impact of zoning changes on Cook County agriculture.

Farm Vehicle Regulations

12/13/2017 @ 12:17 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Farm vehicle regulations are numerous and often difficult to find and understand. Detailed below are just a few of the regulations governing the transportation of farm products and the movement of farm vehicles on the roadway.

Harvest Season Emergency Declared, Overweight Permit Now Available

11/10/2017 @ 5:11 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state harvest season emergency earlier this month, giving road jurisdictions authority to issue Harvest Season Emergency Permits.

USEPA Begins Process to Rescind the Waters of the US Rule

06/29/2017 @ 9:13 am | By Bona Heinsohn

Earlier this summer, USEPA issued its proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.  This is the first of a two-part approach Administrator Pruitt plans to take to rescind and then replace the WOTUS rule.  Both parts of the plan will undergo notice and comment, and therefore, Farm Bureau and interested members will have opportunities at both times to file public comments. 

Cook County Minimum Wage Increase to go into Effect on July 1

06/20/2017 @ 5:16 am | By Bona Heinsohn

Under an ordinance approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County employers will be required to pay the following hourly rates...