Illinois Farmer Rock Katschnig to Attend President's Address to Joint Session of Congress

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Katschnig, the Illinois farmer who asked President Barack Obama not to "challenge us with more rules and regulations from Washington, D.C." during the president's Midwest bus tour, will attend the president's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight (Thursday, Sept. 8).

As one of a dozen "job creators" invited by Chief Deputy Whip and Congressman Peter Roskam, R-Ill., Katschnig will sit in the speaker's box for the president's speech, which will address the urgent need to create jobs and grow the nation's economy.

During his time in Washington, D.C., Katschnig and other job creators are scheduled to meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., as well as several other Congressmen from Illinois. Each of the 12 job creators also will make videos which will be posted to and

Katschnig, who has farmed in Northern Illinois for more than 30 years, raises corn and soybeans and is a Henry County Farm Bureau board member. During the president's August town hall meeting in Atkinson, Katschnig gained notoriety for asking the president about the possibility of new regulations on noise, water runoff and dust, that could hurt Illinois farmers.

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit membership organization controlled by farmers who join through their County Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 426,000 and a voting membership of 83,290. IFB represents two out of three Illinois farmers.