Aug 19, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Office of Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson

11th Congressional District, Illinois



For More Information:

Contact: Ryan Vanderbilt

(202) 503-5188 or Ryan.Vanderbilt@mail.house.gov

Event Notice:

Thursday, August 19

Event with IL Corn Growers and IL Farm Bureau will highlight new opportunities for IL farmers


Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) will be joined by representatives from the Illinois Corn Growers, the Illinois Soybean Association and the Illinois Farm Bureau, Thursday, August 19th, at a press conference in Ottawa to discuss legislation that will provide new opportunities and new jobs for Illinois farmers.

“Illinois farmers are among the best in the world and we owe it to them to provide opportunities for them to sell their products around the world,” said Halvorson. “I am proud to stand with our farmers and will always fight to strengthen and defend agriculture in Illinois.”

Halvorson and members of the agriculture community will discuss how support for H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act will open up new markets for Illinois farmers and will result in increased economic opportunities.

"Because of our location, our transportation network, and our crops, Illinois farmers stand to benefit from expanded agricultural sales to Cuba," said Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson, a farmer from Seneca. "More than ever, farmers need to expand access to international markets. The Cuban market is ready-made for us, and we thank Congresswoman Halvorson for her leadership in getting this bill to the House floor."

Halvorson will begin her day in Ottawa at a ribbon cutting for a new Easter Seals playground, which was completed with the help of $47,500 in appropriations funds delivered by Congresswoman Halvorson.


Easter Seals Playground Ribbon Cutting

Who:   Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson

            Bob Eschbach, Mayor of Ottawa

            Susan Bursztynsky, President & CEO, Easter Seals of LaSalle and                  Bureau Counties

            Community Leaders

What: Ribbon Cutting and Press Availability  

When:  August 19th, 2010

            9:30am – 10:00am

Where:  1013 Adams Street

               Ottawa, IL

Agriculture Trade Opportunities Press Conference

Who:   Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson

            Representatives from the Illinois Farm Bureau

             Representatives of Illinois Corn Growers

What: Press Conference  

When:  August 19th, 2010

            10:30am – 11:30am

Where:  LaSalle County Farm Bureau

  4201 Columbus Street

  Ottawa, IL‎