New rules make it easier to sell some Indiana ag products
HEA 1039 (Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne) creates an initiative to market and promote Indiana-grown products to users such as residents, retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and farmer markets.
SEA 339 (Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis) repeals a provision that prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages at the state fairgrounds during the period of the Indiana State Fair. The State Fair Commission will develop plans to implement this change in the law that is supported by IFB policy.
SEA 179 (Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City) allows poultry farms to slaughter and process up to 20,000 birds annually without inspection under federal regulations. Poultry that is sold on a farm must be refrigerated at the point of sale. Poultry that is sold at a farmer market, through delivery, or at a roadside stand must be frozen at the point of sale. Poultry that is sold on a farm, through delivery or at a roadside stand must be used, sold, or frozen within seventy-two hours of processing. The bill removes local control for bona fide egg producers, but they will continue to be regulated by the State Egg Board.