Governor appoints Chicago Farmers' member to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission

    Governor Rauner appointed Chicago Farmers' member, Todd Schwebel, to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Todd is a proud eighth-generation Illinoisan and civic leader. He is principal at The Schwebel Company, an award-winning Residential Design & Development firm based in Chicago. In addition, he manages his family's Central Illinois real estate and agricultural interests as President of Hoffer Holdings. He has chaired major events for The University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Facets Film Center. Currently, he is a Director of the Old Master's Society at the Art Institute and a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden Guild Board.

    Farming in uncertain times

    Kennedy Weighs impact of new administration on ag.

    The political uncertainty at the national level may result in significant changes to the role of government for many people.

    “For large family farmers, the reduction in inheritance tax may preserve and help protect intergenerational transfer of not just family farmers, but a way of life, as well,” said Christopher Kennedy, chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises Inc.

    “On the other hand, a pullback in crop insurance by the federal government may leave all farmers more exposed to the volatility of nature,” Kennedy said during a presentation at the Chicago Farmers meeting.

    To read the full article by Martha Blum with AgriNews, click here