His talk focused on the happenings with farm bill discussions in Washington, the Illinois budget mess in Springfield and the happenings in the bio-fuels industry and it's impact on agriculture.
The Champaign News-Gazette covered the meeting and has a good summary in it's on-line article.
Some brief quotes from the article:
Nelson said something that worries him is signs of a rift in the
"Filling demands of the biofuel industry and
increasing our livestock business is a real challenge," he said. "The livestock
industry's attacking ethanol because it increases their feed costs. That's a
divisive wedge, livestock versus grain, and that's a worry. We're all in this
Tolono farmer Lin Warfel asked Nelson if he sees any progress
encouraging development of other sources of biofuel, like cellulosic
Nelson said the government has just issued large grants to three
universities to help them investigate those possibilities but he said that
because corn is so abundant, even at $4 a bushel it's a much cheaper
He said predictions are that half the biofuel used in the country is
expected to come from cellulosic crops, but that's at least 10 years in the