Rep. Jackson: Farm Bill Can Educate, Address Similar Issues Among Rural, Urban Communities

The lone Democrat congressman at the five-member Farm Bill listening session Monday says he welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the efforts of Missouri’s farm families.  Jonathan Jackson, who represents part of Chicago’s South Side, said after Monday’s event at the Missouri State Fair that he hopes to see the new Farm Bill address issues that are similar between rural and urban communities.

Jackson added that several Farm Bill programs important to farm productivity aren’t well known in urban areas.

Illinois Democratic Congressman Jonathan Jackson’s district also includes rural and suburban portions of Kankakee and Will counties, as well as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  He is the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who in 1984 visited a Central Missouri farm as part of his presidential campaign.