ag lobby day http://wuis.org en Harvest Blog: State Lawmakers Munch (Free?) Lunches http://wuis.org/post/harvest-blog-state-lawmakers-munch-free-lunches <p></p><p>When the "lobbyist" armed with a free basket of treats is a smiling farm kid, what state lawmaker could say no to the gift?&nbsp;</p><p>That was the scene at Ag Lobby Day in the Illinois State Capitol, its rotunda invaded by a veritable army of bushel basket-toting FFA members.</p><p>The&nbsp;FFA&nbsp;lunch hour food distribution lent some younger voices to the chorus of voices advocating on behalf of Illinois agribusiness.</p><p>But if anyone knows there's "no such thing as a free lunch", it's farmers.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:42:50 +0000 Peter Gray 20339 at http://wuis.org Harvest Blog: State Lawmakers Munch (Free?) Lunches Ag Lobby Lining Up Against GMO Food Labeling http://wuis.org/post/ag-lobby-lining-against-gmo-food-labeling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers, their lobbyists and legislators met in the Capitol Thursday to talk about legislation that would affect one of Illinois’ biggest industries – agriculture.</span></p><p>One proposal “big ag” is fighting would change the way food is labeled in Illinois.</p><p>State Senator Dave Koehler says consumers ought to know whether processed food they buy contains genetically engineered ingredients.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:00:14 +0000 Peter Gray 20338 at http://wuis.org Ag Lobby Lining Up Against GMO Food Labeling