Kirby Wagner is calling for backup from the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation to help him conduct Illinois Farm Bureau’s upcoming On the Road seminars.
These are the officials with whom Illinois farmer-truck drivers work on a daily basis at scales, inspection sites and on the roads themselves.
“We’ve invited these partners because they deal with our guys day to day; our guys deal with them day to day,” said Wagner, IFB’s assistant director of transportation and infrastructure, who leads the seminars. “We want to bridge that connection, so that guys can have a positive experience on both ends.”
This year’s slate of meetings kicks off in February.
Some of the topics to be covered include farmer exemptions and how to qualify for them, the latest on entry-level driver training requirements and more.
“Things that guys are seeing in the news and hearing about at the coffee shop, we’re going to cover that stuff,” Wagner told the RFD Radio Network®.
“We’re going to be talking about rules and regulations, new stuff, current stuff, old stuff,” he continued. “We’re just going to cover all the trucking stuff that farmers need to know. So it should be a real good meeting to attend; lots to learn.”
This year’s meeting schedule includes:
Feb. 5, McLean County
Feb. 18, Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield
Feb. 24, Jackson County
Feb. 25, Effingham County
Feb. 26, Edwards and Wabash counties
Feb. 27, Hancock County
March 2, Scott County
March 5, Lee and Will counties
Wagner noted the meetings are open to all IFB members, not just members in counties where the meetings will be hosted.
“We want to include everybody,” he said. “Contact your local county Farm Bureau and they’ll get in touch with the host to get you registered.