When the "lobbyist" armed with a free basket of treats is a smiling farm kid, what state lawmaker could say no to the gift?
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.
The FFA lunch hour food distribution lent some younger voices to the chorus of voices advocating on behalf of Illinois agribusiness.
But if anyone knows there's "no such thing as a free lunch", it's farmers.
Farmers, their lobbyists and legislators met in the Capitol Thursday to talk about legislation that would affect one of Illinois’ biggest industries – agriculture.
One proposal “big ag” is fighting would change the way food is labeled in Illinois.
State Senator Dave Koehler says consumers ought to know whether processed food they buy contains genetically engineered ingredients.