PEORIA - Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is chiming in on the future of local agriculture.
The newly elected congresswoman toured the Peoria Ag Lab Wednesday. Bustos is now a member of the House Agriculture Committee and says it's important that agriculture in the region is stabilized.
She says that starts with passing a five year farm bill, and she hopes her role on the committee will help to find a solution and get a farm bill passed.
"The farmers deserve certainty. And if you look beyond the agriculture industry, business deserves certainty. Families deserve certainty, and when you're facing things like sequestration, budgets not passing, the fiscal cliff coming way too often; you know that doesn't give anyone certainty," said Bustos.
Bustos will meet with local small business owners Thursday. She also says government needs to work harder to avoid a series of federal budget cutbacks in the rate of growth, because that would hurt more than federally funded programs, including agriculture.