While the nation has been focused on the fiscal cliff, Illinois Agricultural leaders were in Washington trying to shine the light on the Agricultural cliff that could hurt the industry if action isn't taken soon. WGLT's Hanna Gutmann reports on meetings between Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider to address these key issues:
NELSON AND FLIDER WANT HELP SO AGRICULTURAL COMMERCE ISN'T CLOGGED ON THE DROUGHT STRICKEN MISSISSIPPI. THEY ALSO WANT TO BREAK THE STALEMATE OVER A NEW FARM BILL. AND NELSON WANTS TO KEEP THE ESTATE TAX FROM REVERTING TO 55% ON ANYTHING WORTH MORE THAN A MILLION:
"We need to take care of it and I'm hopeful that we'll and I'm hopful that we'll get discussions that will lead to some sort of compromise by year end."
BOTH NELSON AND FLIDER ARE PUSHING THE HOUSE TO PASS THE STALLED SENATE FARM BILL. AS FOR THE MISSISSIPPI, SENATOR DURBIN TOLD NELSON THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS WILL BLAST ROCK PINNACLES TO DEEPEN THE CHANNEL:
"We've made a lot of progress in the past two weeks, with the corps. What we really need is Mother Nature to cooperate with and give us a wet winter."
SO AS HIGH AND MIGHTY AS WASHINGTON FOLKS THINK THEY ARE, ONE OF AGRICULTURE'S BIGGEST PROBLEMS MAY HAVE TO LEFT TO A HIGHER AUTHORITY. IN WASHINGTON, HANNA GUTMANN, WGLT NEWS.
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