PRINCETON — The Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR hosted an endorsement event for 16th District U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, Sept. 18 at the Hultine farm, located northeast of Princeton.
Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR works to elect pro-farm candidates for Congress regardless of party affiliation. ACTIVATOR trustees representing each county Farm Bureau recently voted unanimously to endorse pro-farm candidates for Congress regardless of party affiliation.
A handful of farmers and local ag leaders from Bureau and Lee counties met briefly to hear Kinzinger’s outlook on political issues impacting the ag industry — the biggest issue being the trade war against China, which has taken a toll on ag markets.
Kinzinger said while he didn’t believe tariffs were a good thing, the U.S. needed to do something to defend itself against the Chinese.
“There’s no doubt they’re going to make it hard on the people who voted for Donald Trump,” he said.
Kinzinger added that China’s economy is “very tenuous” right now.
“They’re not sustaining their growth a growing nation needs to sustain. There’s some analysts who believe there is a pending financial crisis in China,” he said. “I think China wants to see themselves out of this. President [Donald Trump] made this point — because of the trade deficit, we have a lot more bullets in our gun than they do. “
In the midst of it all, Kinzinger said a number of things need to be done to make it right for people, like farmers, who have been impacted. He also said the U.S. needs to look into opening additional markets and work to ensure a fair Farm Bill.
Kinzinger said his personal hope is to see President Trump re-elected so Congress can continue to have the next four years to build on the good work they’ve done in the past two years.
“Honestly, I’m pretty optimistic for the future,” he said.
Following his talk, Bureau County Farm Bureau President Evan Hultine presented Kinzinger with a Friend of Agriculture award on behalf of the Illinois Farm Bureau.
“We appreciate Congressman Kinzinger’s 100 percent voting record with Illinois Farm Bureau and appreciate his willingness to speak with farmers in his district,” Hultine said.
Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is Kinzinger’s fourth time receiving the Friend of Agriculture award. He was also endorsed during his first run for Congress in 2010.