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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state harvest season emergency earlier this month, giving road jurisdictions authority to issue Harvest Season Emergency Permits.
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.
Under an ordinance approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County employers will be required to pay the following hourly rates...