In recognition of his advocacy in Springfield on behalf of Illinois’ farmers, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Activator Program of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Batinick received a 100% score for votes taken in 2019-2020 that affect the agriculture industry in Illinois. Members of the Will County Farm Bureau presented the award to Batinick.
“It is an incredible honor to receive this award from leaders in the Will County agricultural community,” said Batinick. “Efforts that support agriculture are very important in Illinois, and as a legislator I am committed to helping those in the agriculture industry with their goal of improving food production practices and ensuring a plentiful and safe food supply.”
The award was based on each legislator’s voting record in the 101st General Assembly on issues facing the farming community. There were 11 bills considered under this year’s voting criteria, including legislation on the minimum wage, the gas tax, the graduated income tax, and legislation affecting ethanol plants and the department of labor.
Legislators receiving this award recognize the far-reaching benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products and the important role farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for the state, nation, and world. In existence for 101 years, the Will County Farm Bureau is one of the oldest bureaus of its kind in the United States.