Ill. Representative Diane Pappas (D) and Bryan Roosevelt of Stumpy Hill Farms share a moment over a newly born piglet. Rep. Pappas visited Albion Nov. 15 as a part of the Ill. Farm Bureau’s Adopt-a-Legislator program.

The Edwards County agricultural and educational landscape made a distinct impression on one northern Illinois legislator.

Urban legislator Diane Pappas (D), from the 45th District of Illinois just outside the Chicago suburbs, visited Edwards County on Nov. 15. At the conclusion of her visit, Pappas noted that she’d “…like to take a baby goat and a piglet, but I don’t think they’re going to let me.” On her Facebook page, Pappas noted “Thank you to everyone in Edwards County for giving us such a hospitable welcome. We had a great time and can't wait to come back!”

After arriving at the Edwards County Farm Bureau, Pappas and Zach Schmidt from the Illinois Farm Bureau paid a visit to Stumpy Hill Farms to tour the multi-generational, independent, farrow-to-finish hog operation.

During the tour, Pappas reflected upon her agricultural experiences while attending Michigan State University, specifically animal agriculture, and utilized her knowledge to ask Bryan Roosevelt of Stumpy Hill Farms some intriguing questions about not only the farming of hogs, but also the business, industry and science that coexists at Stumpy Hill Farms.

“You’re also a scientist,” she told Roosevelt, as he described the intensive formulating required to ensure his hogs get properly balanced nutrition at every stage of their lives on the farm.

Stumpy Hill is currently in the process of the largest building project, which Pappas toured. She was intrigued by the notion that once fully operational, there will be more hogs in the new building than there are people in Edwards County.

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