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Periodicals: Time Valued Monday, July 31, 2017 Three sections Volume 45, No. 31 IFB's FIIC conference fea- tured info on yields, cash rental rates and sharing farm values. pages 2-4 Ed Amstutz and his family host weeklong summer farm camps for urban children near Elizabeth. page 8 Eminent domain, tax reform and local government comprise some of the topics in Viewpoint. Special section inside Farm Bureau kicks off WOTUS petition drive BY DEANA STROISCH Time to make your voice heard. Illinois Farm Bureau encourages farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the defi- nition of "waters of the U.S" put in place under President Barack Obama's administration. The new proposed rule, initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers, was officially published in the Federal Register last week, kicking off a 30-day comment period. The deadline to com- ment: August 28. "This is an important first step to bring clarity for Illinois farmers regard- ing what land and water the federal gov- ernment controls," said Lauren Lurkins, IFB's director of environmental and nat- ural resources. "Our membership has been highly engaged on this topic for decades. We want to give them the opportunity to weigh in on this public comment period and show support for the fix. We urge members not to miss this chance." To sign the petition, go to IFB's Action Center, {ilfb.org/actioncenter}. Farmers also will have the chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair. The new proposed rule has been in the works for months. As directed by President Donald Trump's February executive order, the federal agencies pro- posed two, separate rule-making steps: First, the 2015 rule must be rescind- ed and the regulatory language in place Farm gift to help ag education, carry on family legacy IAA Foundation Board Trustees inspect a new sign on the Jean Stubblefield farm near McLean, which was gifted to the Foundation. From left are Chad Schutz, Brad Temple, David Serven, Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President David Erickson and Dennis Green. Watch a video about Stubblefield's gift at {farmweeknow.com}. (Photo by Catrina Rawson) IAA Foundation receives donation of 231-acre farm from Jean Stubblefield BY DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek The late Jean Stubblefield dedicated much of her life to her family's farm near McLean and the ag industry in gen- eral. And through the generous donation of that farm to the IAA Foundation, Stubblefield's farm legacy will continue for years to come. Members of the IAA Foundation Board, including David Erickson, Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President, toured the grain and livestock farm last week. The IAA Foundation plans to work with farm management and the longtime farmer tenant to maintain and improve the operation. Income from the farm will go toward Stubblefield's specific wishes, including support for the farm industry and ag education along with shelter and care for animals. "It's a great opportunity for the board of trustees to come here and view what the Foundation had given to them," Erickson said. "We're certainly grateful of the opportunity Jean Stub- blefield provided for us." Stubblefield's parents, James and Maude Rhodes Roberts, purchased the farm when Stubblefield was 5 years old. She passed away at the age of 96 in 2015 after dedicating much of her life to caring for the farm. She was preced- ed in death by her husband, Jesse Stub- blefield, in 1977. "We're all struck with the rich histo- ry and commitment Jean had to her family's multigenerational farm," Erick- son said. "We'll reinvest in the farm as need be to continue the legacy of Jean Stubblefield here on the farm and make it a good, working farm into the future." The 231-acre farm includes 164.17 tillable acres and about 38 acres of pas- ture. Roger Shifflet, who has farmed the ground the past 18 years, grows corn, soybeans and wheat, and raises beef cattle and sheep on the Stubble- field farm. The IAA Foundation already coordi- nated installation of some new tile on the farm. The donation is the first realized farm gift for the IAA Foundation, according to its director, Susan Moore. Other farm donations have been pledged to the Foundation, but not yet realized. "We were notified a while back about this gift Jean Stubblefield gra- ciously left to the IAA Foundation," Moore said. "Once the initial excite- ment and gratitude settled in, we shift- ed our thoughts to how are we going to make this work best for the farm and for the Foundation. "We engaged with farm manage- ment and the farmer tenant to make sure this farm is in its best condition to not only support the Foundation, but also make sure we're being good stew- ards of the land and keep this a thriv- ing, active farm." The Foundation's long-term plans include enhancing its scholarship pro- gram for young people, particularly those interested in studying animal sci- ence and general ag, with proceeds from the farm. The first contribution from the farm, though, will go to support the See Gift , page 2 To sign the petition, visit Illinois Farm Bureau's Action Center ilfb.org/actioncenter before the 2015 rule would be re-codi- fied. This won't change current practice, since the new rule has been under a court-ordered, nationwide stay. Second, the definition of "waters of the U.S" will be re-evaluated and revised. Trump directed the agencies to review the final rule for consistency with the following policy: "It is in the national interest to ensure that the nation's navi- gable waters are kept free from pollu- tion, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles played by Congress and the states under the constitution." Each new rule requires a separate comment period. "We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farm- ers and businesses," said EPA Adminis- trator Scott Pruitt. "This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine 'waters of the U.S.,' and we are commit- ted to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public."

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