Rodney Davis, Republican nominee for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois, has announced the core group of what will be a broad coalition of farmers and agriculture professionals in support of his campaign.
This initial Agriculture Advisory Committee of Farmers for Rodney consists of individuals who have a depth of experience in both farming their land and developing agriculture policy for Illinois and the country.
"Agriculture is incredibly important to the 13th District," said Davis. "It is a key economic engine, and the farmers from Central Illinois feed the world. We need a Congressman who is up to speed on the important issues facing agriculture, and I'm thankful for the help and advice of our advisory committee."
Grant Noland of Blue Mound and Jim Eichhorst of Urbana will co-chair the Advisory Group.
"Rodney Davis will be a tireless advocate for agriculture in Congress," said Noland. "I and the other members of our committee are honored to play a role in helping Rodney shape ag policy and keep him aware of the challenges facing farmers."
This committee will not only assist Davis in matters of agriculture policy, but they will also play a key role in engaging farmers and agribusiness from around the 13th District to support Davis and join the Farmers for Rodney coalition.
The initial members of the Agriculture Advisory Committee of Farmers for Rodney are:
- Grant Noland of Blue Mound. Noland will serve as co-chair of the Agriculture Advisory Committee. He is Treasurer of Noland Farms, Inc., a multi-generational farm operation. He serves as a director for the Illinois Corn Growers Association and is a member of the Macon County Farm Bureau.
- Jim Eichhorst of Urbana will serve as the other co-chair of the Agriculture Advisory Committee. Eichhorst is part owner and operator of his family's 800 acre farm in East Central Illinois. He has served in two positions with the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as agricultural aide to Congressman Tom Ewing and Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to Congressman Tim Johnson.
- James Reed of Monticello. Reed is owner of Reed Farms. He is a Past President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and currently serves as a director of the association.
- Andy Goleman of Divernon. Goleman farms on his family's farm in southern Sangamon County and he currently serves on the Sangamon County Board He is a Past President and member of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau. Andy has also served on the agriculture advisory committees of Attorney General Jim Ryan, Congressman Ray LaHood and Congressman John Shimkus.
- Bill Graff of Middletown. Graff is a self-employed farmer and real estate broker. He served the United States Department of Agriculture as Illinois State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency from 2001 to 2009. Graff has served on the board of the Illinois Beef Association, the Taloma Farmers Grain Cooperative, and President of the Illinois State University Agricultural Alumni Association.
- Doug Wilson of Gridley. Wilson is a fourth generation farmer on his family's Central Illinois farm. He has served in a wide array of agriculture and rural development organizations, including President of the Illinois Corn Growers and Vice Chairman of the National Corn Growers Public Policy Committee. Wilson served the United States Department of Agriculture as Illinois Director for USDA's Rural Development under President George W. Bush.