U-Of-I Leader: Illinois Needs Strategic Plan For Agriculture

christopher kennedyIllinois needs a strategic plan for agriculture, according to the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Christopher Kennedy says in a state where most voters and all the political leaders aren’t farmers, they must be educated to support an agricultural agenda.

He says Illinois is great at producing corn and soybeans, good at food processing, but poor at funding research that will keep the industry going. Kennedy says a strategic plan is needed due to the complexities in agriculture, which include land acquisition and preservation, transportation, the food supply chain, research, and deals with foreign companies and governments.