ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Thanks to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s “Adopt-A-Legislator” program, state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, recently hosted members of the Crawford County Farm Bureau at the Arlington International Racecourse for a day of relationship-building, discussion and celebration of the importance of Illinois agriculture.
“Hosting the Crawford County Farm Bureau was a great reunion of sorts,” Walker said. “The Bureau adopted me the last time I was in office and I really enjoyed getting to know them and Crawford County then. So, I was thrilled when I got the chance to work with them again.”
The Illinois Farm Bureau started the “Adopt-A-Legislator” program in 2001 to build long-term relationships between urban state legislators and farmers from around the state. These connections are appreciated as they educate participants on the needs of people around the state and farmers become valuable resources when important agricultural issues arise in the General Assembly. To date, almost every legislator in Cook County has joined the program.
“Agriculture is Illinois’ number one industry, and hearing directly from farmers is important as we try to support and grow farming in the state,” Walker said. “While we may not have much farmland here in the 53rd District, we benefit greatly from growers and producers like the Crawford County Farm Bureau. I’d like to thank them for making the over 250 mile trip here to Arlington Heights for a wonderful day.”