On the day the Illinois State Fair promotes agriculture – more so than it does on its other 10 days – Gov. Pat Quinn signed five ag-related bills. One bill promotes food safety by making it illegal for a wholesaler to sell eggs to an unlicensed person or business. State agriculture director Bob Flider says this is a problem.
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“What happens is, they apply,” says Flider, “then we go through the processing of the application, then maybe they never pay the fee and decide to go a different route. If you really want to do business, you’ve got to follow through with your permit, or don’t apply.”
Another bill would promote Illinois wheat, which Quinn sees as a “great opportunity.” Others clarify the law about truck scales, require at least two people with ag backgrounds be among the members of the Illinois Finance Authority, and make the first Saturday of the month Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day.