How does the president of the United States wind up on your farm? Jeff O’Connor says it has a lot to do with farm organizations.
O’Connor, a Kankakee, Ill., farmer and member of the board of directors for the Illinois Soybean Association, says he’s long had questions about why his double-crop soybean acres in northern Illinois aren’t eligible for crop insurance the way acres in the southern two-thirds of the state are.
So when the White House reached out to ISA asking for Illinois farmers who double-crop, O’Connor’s name was on a short list of three farms throughout the state. The president ended up flying into Chicago O’Hare International Airport, so O’Connor’s farm was chosen as the site for a farm tour and an announcement on fertilizer incentives and double-crop insurance changes.
“This only came up late last Wednesday,” O’Connor says, adding it took the White House two days after that to commit. But he says they’ve had an inkling that someone could visit for a while now — which means they cleaned up the shop a month ago and kept it that way.
Click through this slideshow for a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when the president comes to your farm.