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    An O’Fallon man with ties to this area escaped injury following a plane accident last Wednesday on Interstate 55 near Lincoln.
    On July 11, Breese native Jeremy Kampwerth was on Interstate 55, driving home from a trip to Chicago with his 9-year-old son John to see the St. Louis Cardinals play, when his vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, was struck from behind by a small plane, shattering his back windshield.
    “I saw the plane flying low over the northbound lane and thought it was a crop-duster,” Kampwerth said. “My initial thought was that he was trying to land the plane, but then he turned.”
    And the next thing he knew was that the plane struck him in the back windshield and the glass shattered.
    Kampwerth said he saw the plane go past him really quickly and he came down on the road, still upright, and he went down the overpass a little bit.
    “It was probably his left landing gear that took out my car and he went through the median,” he said.
    Kampwerth pulled his vehicle over and made sure he and his son were OK and then checked on the pilot of the plane, 51-year-old William Farnsley of Austin, Indiana, who said he was OK.
    Police were called and arrived within minutes and they reportedly said that the plane lost throttle and then was  going down, with the landing gear striking Kampwerth’s vehicle.
    Kampwerth’s son was sitting in the backseat, passenger side, and was buckled in, and was not injured at the time of the accident.
    His wife met them in Lincoln, where John rode home with his mom and Kampwerth drove the vehicle back home to O’Fallon. 
    “The car is now in the shop and will be there for a few weeks,” he said Tuesday afternoon.
    Kampwerth said that he and his son were both shaken up but fine, nonetheless.
   “We’re very fortunate and very thankful,” he said.
    Kampwerth is the son of Aggie and Julius Kampwerth of Breese.

8825Ken Maschhoff is a proponent of free trade agreements. Approximately 25 percent of U.S. pork is exported annually.    As the trade war heats up, the U.S. pork industry has been targeted by both China and Mexico. These tariffs have the potential to erase $18 per head, or $2.2 billion annually, from the U.S. pork industry’s value.
    In the wake of the tariff announcements, Ken Maschhoff, co-owner and board chairman of The Maschhoffs, has been tapped on multiple occasions to act as a spokesperson for the U.S. pork industry. His interviews have appeared on cnbc.com and CNBC’s Power Lunch. In addition, Maschhoff has spoken on behalf of the industry to Reuters, Financial Times, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and Fox News.
    According to National Pork Producers Council, a total of 60,000 U.S. pork producers market more than 115 million hogs annually. Approximately 25 percent of U.S. pork is exported. As tariffs restrict market access that means the pork value from 28.75 million hogs is at risk. Along with that value, the 550,000 jobs in the pork industry could be at risk also.
    “The U.S. pork industry is extremely efficient,” Maschhoff says. “As a result, our product is high-quality, cost-effective and highly-desired across the globe.”
    Maschhoff, like the majority of U.S. farmers, is an advocate for free trade. He estimates the recent tariffs could cost the family business nearly $100 million per year, based on annual sales of 5.4 million market hogs.
    “When we have free trade agreements in place, they work,” Maschhoff notes. “They create a level playing field for our industry, and U.S. agriculture has proven very capable at competing on a global scale.”
    About The Maschhoffs® - Progressive Farming. Family Style.
    The Maschhoffs, LLC is a hog production company headquartered in Carlyle, Illinois. The company has over 100 years of hog production experience, and is the largest family-owned hog producer network in North America, with nearly 215,000 sows and market hog production sites in nine states. The company has approximately 1,200 employees who, along with about 550 independent farm partners, focus on creating environmentally and economically sustainable hog production systems.  Each year, the company raises enough hogs to provide pork to more than 16 million consumer households. Visit www.TheMaschhoffs.com for more information. 

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