Sunday, September 27, 2015
Illinois Ag Director Resigns
By now the Ag world has learned the Illinois Director of Agriculture Phillip Nelson and State Fair Director Patrick Buchan have both submitted apparently coerced resignations. Lots of information is circulating directly from Buchcan. This Prairie Farmer Article tells more. If Buchan is telling the truth, and I have no to disbelieve him, they were fired for trying to run a clean program. It is a real shame that such a prominent advocate for agriculture does not receive the support of his boss. I am sure that Nelson supported the Rauner campaign, because he thought he would be good for agriculture. This is another nail for the coffin of our leading industry. Coming on the heals of recent University of Illinois announcements concerning education opportunities for farmers, it looks like a woeful and willful neglect.