The Illinois Pork Producers Association will hold their annual Legislative Day and Legislative Reception on March 16 in Springfield.  The program will begin with registration at 10:30 AM in the Illinois Room at the Springfield Hilton, located on 700 E. Adams St. This year’s event will again be co-sponsored and attended by the Illinois Beef Association.

“This is an opportunity to become better acquainted with our elected officials and educate lawmakers about how we care for our animals, the environment, and our communities,” said Mike Haag, a pork producer from Emington, Ill. and current IPPA President. “I would encourage all pork producers to make plans to attend this year's Legislative Day. Every pork producer in Illinois is affected by the state's current budget woes and other issues critical to profitability.”

Attendees will be briefed on legislative issues facing the General Assembly. Lunch will be provided.

Producers will then head to the Capitol building to meet with legislators individually and discuss important legislative issues.  A reception at the Springfield Hilton will begin at 5:00 PM.  This will allow producers the chance to talk to legislators and staff members in an informal setting.

"The pork industry continues to face numerous legislative challenges in Illinois, including decoupling from the federal estate tax, animal welfare threats, new environmental fees and let's not forget the state's financial situation," says Jim Kaitschuk, IPPA executive director.  "To effectively address these and other current issues, we must provide the pork producers' perspective.  Meeting with legislators in person is always the best way to make our opinions known."

Pre-registrations are requested for meal counts by March 9. All IPPA members registering by this date will receive FREE registration. Pre-registration fee for Non-IPPA members is $10. After March 9, registration fees for all attendees are $15. For more information or to register, contact the IPPA office at (217) 529-3100 or visit www.ilpork.com.       

“IPPA continues to be a watchdog for pork producers and champion legislative issues that are beneficial for the pork industry. “said Haag. “Producers must be involved and express their views and concerns to their elected officials.  Legislators hear from many different groups, we must provide the pork producers' perspective and tell our story to ensure a continued viable pork industry in Illinois.”