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Walberg Recognizes Monroe County Farmers on Hall of Fame Induction

September 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) spoke on the House floor on Tuesday to recognize Elgin and Joanne Darling of Willis on their induction in the 2019 Michigan Farmers' Hall of Fame.

A transcript of Walberg's remarks can be found below. 

I rise today to recognize Elgin and Joanne Darling of Willis, Michigan for being inducted into this year's Michigan Farmers' Hall of Fame.

Elgin and Joanne have been married for 61 years, and for decades, they have been respected farmers and community leaders in Monroe County.

From dawn to dusk, year after year, they toiled in bountiful fields to produce crops that fed their fellow citizens.

Through their involvement with Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Corn Growers, and a host of other organizations, Elgin and Joanne have been champions of the agriculture industry.

This remarkable legacy of service and stewardship has now been passed down to their son, Doug.

In total, six generations of Darlings have worked on the family farm, which dates back to 1833.

Michigan farmers are among the most patriotic and hardest working individuals I have the privilege to represent.

And very few have demonstrated more humility and work ethic than Elgin and Joanne.

On behalf of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, we wish to congratulate Elgin and Joanne Darling on a lifetime of farming excellence. You certainly belong in the Hall of Fame.