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Diversified agriculture: 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
Regulatory reform: IDEM, DNR to make changes in some permitting programs
The development of a deliberate and comprehensive water plan is a top priority of Indiana Farm Bureau. SEA 271(Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso) moves that goal further down the line by authorizing a study of the water resources in the state and the impact they have on economic development and rural Indiana, in particular agriculture.
Farm protections: Ag trespass bill passes with broad support
After the issue drew considerable controversy last year, legislation dealing with ag trespass cleared the General Assembly with broad support. SEA 101 (Travis Holdman, R-Markle) adds causing property damage to an agricultural operation to the existing crime of institutional criminal mischief.
Taxes: Compromise measures on soil productivity factors, personal property taxes win approval
Passage of SEA 111 seems like déjà vu all over again. In the final days of the session, there were competing ideas about how to handle the yet-to-be justified increases in the February 2012 version of soil productivity factors proposed by the DLGF. The great news is that a one-year delay was again passed, protecting farmland owners from an unjustified tax shift of about $57.4 million.
Grassroots action, cooperation with ag partners result in legislative success for I
In spite of major legislative initiatives undertaken this session, the 2014 session of the General Assembly ended one day early with very high levels of success for farmers across the state.
New farm bill includes disaster assistance for livestock producers
Among the changes made to the federal farm program by the 2014 farm bill are two programs of particular interest to livestock and forage producers: the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Payments.
Commodity program changes outlined for new farm bill
Now that the dust (and euphoria) has settled a bit on the new farm bill, farmers are beginning to ask “So what’s next?” This Hoosier Farmer series will explore and shed light on the various provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 over the course of the next few months.
‘Right to Grow’ program to help give farmers access to new technology
Syngenta has announced an agreement with Gavilon Grain LLC that provides grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade, the cutting-edge corn rootworm control technology that has been approved in the U.S.
Importance of exports requires extra steps for biotech c
Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Kron serves on the U.S. Grains Council’s biotechnology advisory team, a position to which he was appointed by the USGC’s board of directors. He has some advice for Indiana farmers.
Enough is Enough when it comes to food security debate, says Elanco president
Farmers need access to innovative tools in order to feed a growing global population and save natural resources, Elanco President Jeff Simmons said during a presentation at a world food supply summit held Feb. 13
Ag stats tell a story
The release of the Census of Agriculture always creates a media buzz, and the recent release of USDA’s preliminary data was no exception. The phone started ringing even before I finished reading the statement from USDA announcing the new report.
Law foundation newsletter continues series on farmland leases
Land application leases one of the topics of the latest issue of the Spotlight, the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation’s monthly electronic newsletter.
Congressional tax proposals would cost agriculture $4.8 billion
Proposed changes to the tax code restricting the use of cash accounting by agricultural operations would reduce agriculture’s access to capital by as much as $12.1 billion over the next four years, according to a study released Feb. 20 by Kennedy and Coe LLC and Farmers for Tax Fairness.
630+ ag and business groups call for immigration reform
The American Farm Bureau Federation, as part of a multi-industry coalition of 636 business organizations – 154 of which are agriculture-related – urged Congress to move forward with immigration reform this year.
AFBF applauds USDOL's policy change regarding grain bins on small farms
The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to rescind a controversial guidance document that provides authority for enforcement activities regarding grain bins on small farms that are exempt under law.
Cass County tries the direct approach with its elected county officials
Cass County Farm Bureau decided to try the direct approach with its elected county officials.
Counties team up to host special meeting on levees
After realizing that attendance at traditional district meetings was dropping off, the Knox and Sullivan County Farm Bureaus teamed up for a targeted meeting on an issue that has been plaguing residents of District 7 for years: levees.
Goal of Benton County meeting was preparing residents for irrigation
Before irrigation came to Benton County, the Benton County Farm Bureau hosted a meeting for community members outlining rules for water use, liability of operations using irrigation systems and laws that are in place to protect homeowners from losses caused those irrigation systems.
Preliminary census doesn't tell the full story
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture last month, many people, including media, focused on the continued decline in the number of principal operators.
Farm Bureau comments on coexistence
The Agriculture Department is soliciting public comments on how to strengthen agricultural coexistence—the concurrent use of organic, conventional and modern biotechnology in agriculture production—in the United States.
Tax reform proposal addresses tax rates, key deductions for ag
The extensive tax reform proposal released Feb. 26 by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is “a strong and much-needed start to what will surely be an extensive tax reform discussion,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.
Annexation bill moves in house
A bill that, as amended, would place a moratorium on annexation beginning April 1 and ending July 1, 2015, has been approved by the House Government & Regulatory Reform Committee.
Ag trespass, farm protection bills ready for governor's signature
Two bills that address farmers’ rights in general and the right against trespass in particular have passed both houses of the Indiana General Assembly.
Congress opens ‘Window of opportunity’ for immigration reform
During a retreat in January, the House GOP Conference released its “Principles for Immigration Reform.” The GOP is also currently discussing how members will move forward immigration reform this year.
Young Farmer programs recognized
More than 500 young farmers and ranchers traveled to Indianapolis Jan. 24 and 25 for the annual Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference. LaPorte County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer program was recognized as the top program in the state. The Young Farmer committee chairman and a guest will receive an expenses-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., in February. Jasper and Adams counties were runners-up.
A snapshot of the Agricultural Act of 2014
Here is a synopsis of the priority issue areas as agreed upon in the conference report, as summarized by Kyle Cline, IFB’s national policy advisor
Who's Who at Indiana Farm Bureau
Who's Who at Indiana Farm Bureau Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader Floyd County’s Melba Loyd is ready to serve the members of IFB District 10 as the new district woman leader.
New program to link farmers and consumers rolled out by AFBF women’s committee
The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee has rolled out a new program to link farmers and consumers
Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader
Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team Newly elected District 10 Woman Leader Melba Loyd. Photo courtesy of Melba Loyd Floyd County’s Melba Loyd is ready to serve the members of IFB District 10 as the new district woman leader.
Chism re-elected to AFB Women’s Leadership Committee
Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President Isabella Chism was re-elected to the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee during the national organization's annual convention this week.
2013 State Convention Roundtable Discussion Topics
How does this work? You’ll spend 25 minutes talking to other Farm Bureau members, then move to another table. Three 25-minute rounds will take place. Use the rest of the convention to reconnect with members you spoke with during these sessions.
EPA administrator meets with Indiana ag leaders to discuss RFS and conservation
Newly confirmed EPA administrator Gina McCarthy made a stop in the Hoosier state on Nov. 16 at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland as part of her Midwestern agriculture tour.
IFB’s leadership development program now accepting applications
The application for period is open for the 2014 class of Leaders in Action, IFB’s leadership development program.
Indiana Ag Law Foundation hires director
John Shoup has recently been named the in-house director of the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation.
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