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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Agriculture

As a former member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I understand the importance of this valuable industry to farmers, farm families and our communities throughout Illinois and across the nation. Agricultural production is Illinois’ #1 industry, sustaining tens of thousands of quality jobs covering more than 28 million acres–nearly 80 percent of the state's total land area.

Billions of dollars flow into the state's economy from ag-related industries, such as farm machinery manufacturing, biofuels and agriculture commodity markets. Agriculture isn’t just a rural issue; these industries and markets sustain urban jobs and feed our cities, and the world. Illinois products can be found on every continent and aboard ships on every sea.

One of my proudest accomplishments in Congress is helping draft and pass a bipartisan, long-term, comprehensive farm bill that reflects the needs and priorities of Illinois’ family farmers. We were able to make meaningful reforms, end direct payments and save taxpayer dollars. Next, we need significant tax reform to help our family farms survive and thrive through the years and generations to come. I consistently support efforts to permanently repeal the estate tax which are an unfair assault on the hard work and investment of family farmers. Click here to learn more about my position on tax reform.

More on Agriculture

Apr 16, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined a renewed effort with 59 colleagues to repeal the punitive Estate Tax, also known as the “Death Tax.” He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 483, the Farmers Against Crippling Taxes Act, and H.R. 147, the Death Tax Repeal Act.

Mar 25, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement today regarding the release of EPA’s draft proposal defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Mar 13, 2014
In The News

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision-making process leading up to establishing emissions standards for new power plants.

Leaders of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have written to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting documents they will use to determine whether the agency complied with the law when it developed its proposals for new power plants, announced in September 2013.

Jan 29, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2014 (FARRM), with a vote of 251-166.

Oct 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC — The U.S. House voted to 292 to 122 to pass H.R. 992, the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act, sponsored by Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) that would amend the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure that entities that rely on certain types of swaps to persevere during uncertain times would continue to have affordable and stable access to these essential financial products.