• Holly Spangler

    Take That, Animal Rights Activists

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 12, 2009

    A blow was struck this week on behalf of livestock farmers all over the state of Illinois when SB1337 was directed into the ag subcommittee on animal welfare. As Farm Bureau’s Bart Bittner describes, it’s the place where bills of its kind go to die.   That sends a strong message to the animal rights activists: we’re not buying your kind of crazy here in Illinois! Just because it worked in California, doesn’t mean it’ll float in Illinois. Sure, 2/3 of our legislators come from Cook and collar…

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    Midwest Power Shift

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 19, 2009

    Could some agricultural power being shifting back to the Midwest? Illinois Farm Bureau’s Chuck Spencer thinks so.   Chuck told a gathering of Fulton County farmers the other night that after years of key committee positions going to Southeastern folks, some of those top positions are back in the Midwest – and many in Illinois. He pointed to an appropriations subcommittee, where several Illinois Congress people now have a seat. Among them are Tim Johnson, Champaign; Aaron Schock, Peoria; and…

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    Prop 2 Swings the Door Open

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     by Holly Spangler
     on November 6, 2008

    A few weeks ago, I shared the story of Matt Kellogg, an Illinois hog producer who had the unique opportunity to share the ins and outs of his operation on the Oprah Winfrey show. At the heart of the show was discussion on Proposition 2, an animal rights measure on the California ballot that did pass on Tuesday, to the dismay of commercial livestock producers. The passage of that measure effectively shuts down the California egg industry, forcing California consumers to buy eggs from other…

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    Agriculture Heats Up Local Politics

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     by Holly Spangler
     on September 4, 2008

    We have an interesting political race going on here in western Illinois, pitting long-time farm broadcaster Colleen Callahan (D) against a local political boy-wonder, Aaron Schock (R). The pair are running for the U.S. Congressional seat from District 18, which loosely catches the Peoria area.   Schock is younger than I am, but began his political career early, getting himself first on the ballot (a feat in itself) and then actually elected to the Peoria school board when he was barely out of…

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