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John Longley


Meet John Longley: Fourth-generation Farmer with a Voice for Advocacy

I’m a husband, father and fourth-generation farmer raising soybeans and corn near Aledo, Ill., with my daughter, Kate.

Why do I advocate? It’s simple, really. Somebody has to do it. And when it comes to lawmakers and regulators, they want to hear real voices. So many groups tell them what to do about issues like the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS), but we’re the ones who live here and have the most at stake. We need legislators to hear our voices – we need to make our voices heard.

Taking action with Voice for Soy today helps protect farms for tomorrow

We want to leave our farms as good as, or better than when we started, and that means sharing our voices when issues that directly impact our farms take shape.

As farmers, sometimes we put the blinders on and it’s hard to see how consumers and lawmakers could affect us. Especially growing commodity crops, you don’t see the influence in your day-to-day work.

But take GMO labeling, an issue that affects many soybean and corn producers. Right now, the labeling issue is so fragmented with a lot of noise that results in confusion. We need to show our support for legislation that makes sense and does well – for consumers and farmers.

Advocacy made easy

Whether it’s food labeling, nutrient management, crop insurance or any of the other issues facing farmers today, our voice matters. And the Voice for Soy legislative action center makes it easy for us to share them. It’s a phone call. It’s an email. It’s a couple of clicks to make sure lawmakers and regulators hear our side … hear our story.

Because if you don’t advocate for your own business, who will?

John Longley serves as a district director for the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and chair of the ISG Production Committee. Previously, he served as the Mercer County Farm Bureau president has been active in the Illinois Farm Bureau, and was an Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation participant.