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Some local farmers are say President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts could mean disaster for their crops and livelihood.  Friday morning they got a chance to share their concerns with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Carlock Farmer Fred Grieder plants corn and soybean on about 14 hundred acres each year.  He says the federal governments crop insurance program is an important safety net that's now at risk.

"With crop insurance you have a stable system, that you can plan on, everybody knows where the numbers are at.  it goes into your business line item. you know what the premium's gonna be.  you know what your floor is for your income," he said.

Another farmer says he's learned a good lesson several years ago. 

"I didn't have crop insurance in the eighties and went through some terrible droughts and they've developed some really good products for us that we can use for some risk management," said McLean County Farmer Scott Hoeft.

President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts 231 billion dollars to ag programs like crop insurance, food stamps, tiger grant funds for road and bridge improvement.   Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth says the proposed cuts would cost taxpayers more in the long run. 

"I think that's very short sighted, because if you get rid of crop insurance and we have another terrible year like we did in 2012 then we would actually have to come in with more federal dollars and rescue money for disaster relief"

the senator says she hopes that the president will understand how vital farming is to the nation's national security," Duckworth said.

She says massive cuts to crop insurance not only threaten their livelihood but also the economy and consumers ability to buy food. 

Some local farmers are say President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts could mean disaster for their crops and livelihood.  Friday morning they got a chance to share their concerns with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Carlock Farmer Fred Grieder plants corn and soybean on about 14 hundred acres each year.  He says the federal governments crop insurance program is an important safety net that's now at risk.

"With crop insurance you have a stable system, that you can plan on, everybody knows where the numbers are at.  it goes into your business line item. you know what the premium's gonna be.  you know what your floor is for your income," he said.

Another farmer says he's learned a good lesson several years ago. 

"I didn't have crop insurance in the eighties and went through some terrible droughts and they've developed some really good products for us that we can use for some risk management," said McLean County Farmer Scott Hoeft.

President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts 231 billion dollars to ag programs like crop insurance, food stamps, tiger grant funds for road and bridge improvement.   Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth says the proposed cuts would cost taxpayers more in the long run. 

"I think that's very short sighted, because if you get rid of crop insurance and we have another terrible year like we did in 2012 then we would actually have to come in with more federal dollars and rescue money for disaster relief"

the senator says she hopes that the president will understand how vital farming is to the nation's national security," Duckworth said.

She says massive cuts to crop insurance not only threaten their livelihood but also the economy and consumers ability to buy food. 

Some local farmers are say President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts could mean disaster for their crops and livelihood.  Friday morning they got a chance to share their concerns with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Carlock Farmer Fred Grieder plants corn and soybean on about 14 hundred acres each year.  He says the federal governments crop insurance program is an important safety net that's now at risk.

"With crop insurance you have a stable system, that you can plan on, everybody knows where the numbers are at.  it goes into your business line item. you know what the premium's gonna be.  you know what your floor is for your income," he said.

Another farmer says he's learned a good lesson several years ago. 

"I didn't have crop insurance in the eighties and went through some terrible droughts and they've developed some really good products for us that we can use for some risk management," said McLean County Farmer Scott Hoeft.

President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts 231 billion dollars to ag programs like crop insurance, food stamps, tiger grant funds for road and bridge improvement.   Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth says the proposed cuts would cost taxpayers more in the long run. 

"I think that's very short sighted, because if you get rid of crop insurance and we have another terrible year like we did in 2012 then we would actually have to come in with more federal dollars and rescue money for disaster relief"

the senator says she hopes that the president will understand how vital farming is to the nation's national security," Duckworth said.

She says massive cuts to crop insurance not only threaten their livelihood but also the economy and consumers ability to buy food. 

Some local farmers are say President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts could mean disaster for their crops and livelihood.  Friday morning they got a chance to share their concerns with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Carlock Farmer Fred Grieder plants corn and soybean on about 14 hundred acres each year.  He says the federal governments crop insurance program is an important safety net that's now at risk.

"With crop insurance you have a stable system, that you can plan on, everybody knows where the numbers are at.  it goes into your business line item. you know what the premium's gonna be.  you know what your floor is for your income," he said.

Another farmer says he's learned a good lesson several years ago. 

"I didn't have crop insurance in the eighties and went through some terrible droughts and they've developed some really good products for us that we can use for some risk management," said McLean County Farmer Scott Hoeft.

President Trump's proposed federal budget cuts 231 billion dollars to ag programs like crop insurance, food stamps, tiger grant funds for road and bridge improvement.   Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth says the proposed cuts would cost taxpayers more in the long run. 

"I think that's very short sighted, because if you get rid of crop insurance and we have another terrible year like we did in 2012 then we would actually have to come in with more federal dollars and rescue money for disaster relief"

the senator says she hopes that the president will understand how vital farming is to the nation's national security," Duckworth said.

She says massive cuts to crop insurance not only threaten their livelihood but also the economy and consumers ability to buy food. 

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