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CHAMPAIGN – In an effort to support domestic violence victims in Champaign, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has designated his district office for residents to drop off used cell phones.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois and across the nation. To continue his advocacy of women and children’s rights and raise awareness of domestic violence, Bennett has partnered with Courage Connection in Champaign to receive cell phones, chargers, and other phone accessories to be collected throughout the month of October. Donated cell phones are given to people dealing with domestic abuse and are used as emergency 911 phones.

“Domestic violence is a community issue, and these shelters protect and support individuals trying to return to safety and stability while they recover from violence that can upend every part of their lives,” Bennett said. “Efforts like this are a way we can all support them.”

Bennett sought out other partners in the community to volunteer their offices as drop off locations. In addition to Bennett’s office, State Representative Carol Ammons, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor Diane Marlin and Mayor Charles Smith will serve as drop off locations. Courage Connection will also be available to take donations.

“Cell phones have become essential in modern society and these individuals will benefit from your donations,” Bennett said. “Help a family have a sense of security and stay connected. Donate today, if you can.”

Bennett urges residents with questions or concerns to contact his district office at 217-355-5252 or visit www.SenatorBennett.com.

09.26.19 IEC Award

CHICAGO – The Illinois Environmental Council presented State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) with the Milestone Achievement Award at their annual leadership program for his efforts in passing historic coal ash regulations into law this year.

Bennett is a strong advocate for environmental issues and worked closely with the Illinois Environmental Council this spring to ensure tougher regulations on coal ash waste.

“This situation affects the entire state, but really hits close to home considering the potential risk the ash pits pose to the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River,” Bennett said. “It was tremendous what we were able to accomplish this spring on a bipartisan basis and I will continue to fight to clean up toxic coal ash stored in unlined pits throughout Illinois.”

The Illinois Environmental Council also recognized State Reps. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and Mike Marron (R-Fithian), who carried Senate Bill 9 in the Illinois House.

The legislation was Senate Bill 9. It is effective immediately.

Bennett Hosts Taiwan Delegation on Farm 2

CHAMPAIGN – Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett hosted a Taiwanese delegation at his family farm on Sept. 24 in Ford County to celebrate the $2.2 billion commitment to purchase Illinois soybeans and corn over the next two years.

“Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans and corn,” Bennett said. “Earlier this summer, I met with Taiwan government officials and agricultural business leaders to talk about why they should purchase soybeans and corn from Illinois.”

Bennett said he wanted to personally introduce the delegation to Illinois agriculture. Illinois and Taiwanese associations signed two $1.1 billion agreements to purchase Illinois crops between 2020 and 2021.

The Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association and the Illinois Soybean Association signed a letter of intent for Taiwan to purchase between 96 million and 97 million bushels of soybeans. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Taiwan Feed Industry Association signed a letter of intent for Taiwan to buy equivalent to 197 million bushels of corn and 0.5 million MT of corn co-products.

“This was a great opportunity for the delegation to see the quality and production process of Illinois soybeans,” Bennett said. “Taiwan is a prime location to send soybeans and corn, and I am happy to support Illinois farmers in the process.”

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CHAMPAIGN – Illinois farmers should take advantage of an innovative program to help protect their farmland and our environment, said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Scott Bennett.

The S.T.A.R. program (Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources), provides free instruction on how to ensure Illinois feed the world while reducing their environmental footprint.

“This program helps farmers lose less to runoff, earn more from their land, and preserve the state’s natural resources for the next generation,” said Bennett (D-Champaign).

The S.T.A.R. program ranks a farmer’s field according to how well it practices conservation, all with the goal of safeguarding local waterways and maximizing productivity per acre. Participants determine their S.T.A.R. ranking by completing a field form, which is scored by a local reviewer on a five-star scale.

“Our experience with S.T.A.R. farmers is they never realized how easy it can be to prevent runoff and protect our water supplies, and how important it is to take the extra time to plan for and execute a sustainable farming strategy on their acreage,” said Bruce Henrikson, S.T.A.R. Program Coordinator through Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District. “With more than 40 counties now participating in S.T.A.R., and state legislators making soil and water conservation a priority at the Capitol, we believe 2019 will show even more growth – and that will pay big dividends for our agricultural economy and our environment for many years to come.

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