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Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT has successful election run
Indiana Farm Bureau congratulates all of the candidates who were elected or re-elected to state and national offices during last week’s mid-term election.
Federal election results have important implications for agriculture
The 2014 mid-term elections overwhelmingly favored Republicans, resulting in a U.S. Senate majority takeover from the Democrats and further expanding their representation in the U.S. House of Representatives to near historic levels.
Deadline extended for tax survey
The deadline for members to participate in Indiana Farm Bureau’s property tax survey has been extended to Dec. 15.
Farmland formula is one focus of legislative tax commission
The Indiana Commission on Business Personal Property & Business Taxation released its final report, and according to Katrina Hall, Farm Bureau’s director of state government relations, the farmland tax problem was “front and center.”
Records needed from AITC volunteers, county Farm Bureaus
Ag in the Classroom volunteers and county Farm Bureaus are reminded that they need to submit their classroom and event presentation record sheets as soon as possible so that Indiana Farm Bureau can accurately complete its report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Matching funds program continues through end of year
A special program that matches donations to the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation dollar for dollar will continue through Dec. 31.
Farmers don’t need to ‘bet the farm’ on employee injuries
Without ever setting foot inside a betting establishment, many Indiana farmers risk betting the farm by not being properly covered by a workers’ compensation policy in addition to the Rural Guardian farm owners’ policy.
Young farmer finalists represent INFB’s future leaders
The goal of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Program is cultivating tomorrow’s agricultural leaders for roles in Farm Bureau, government and the community. This year’s finalists in the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture awards demonstrate how worthwhile that goal is.
Young Farmer Conference slated for Jan. 30, 31
Online registration for the 2015 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference, which will be held Jan. 30 and 31 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, opens the week of Dec. 15.
County Farm Bureaus recognized in five program areas
Indiana Farm Bureau’s 2014 county recognition program ended on Sept. 30. One hundred percent of the counties participated, noted Chris Fenner, INFB field services program director, who coordinated the program.
Idea Depot to offer roundtable discussions on a variety of topics
Are you packed and ready? The Indiana Farm Bureau state convention is only a couple weeks away, and the schedule is packed with activities – and options – to please nearly anyone.
Coalition work on big data is crucial to ag’s success
A coalition of major farm organizations and technology providers has announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services.
AFBF women’s program launches online survey on women’s ag goals, needs
The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey that aims to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a number of different areas.
AFBF calls on EPA to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule
The Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is a blatant effort to expand federal authority over land use by regulating land as if it were “water,” the American Farm Bureau Federation said.
Farm bill meetings begin Dec. 8, continue through Jan. 15
Indiana Farm Bureau and a coalition of ag groups is partnering with Purdue University Extension Services and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to host a series of informational meetings about the farm bill in December and January. The meetings were announced earlier in the month, but some details have changed since the previous issue of The Hoosier Farmer was published.
Water resources a top priority in next legislative session
As Indiana Farm Bureau heads into another legislative session, water issues will be a top priority. The controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule proposed by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers brought the issue to the forefront at the federal level. The INFB public policy team says there is work to do at the state level as well.
Christmas tree checkoff program off to a slow start
The 2014 farm bill included a provision for a new checkoff organization. This holiday season will mark the first time that large producers and importers of fresh-cut Christmas trees will be assessed 15 cents per tree.
November farm bill meetings to focus on web tools, dairy program
A one-day workshop that will include demonstrations and training on web-based decision tools with presentations on the 2014 farm bill farm programs will be held Nov. 17 in Indianapolis.
Farm ownership succession planning is topic of Purdue Extension workshop
Purdue Extension is offering two-day workshops at four Indiana locations starting in December for farm families wanting to know more about business succession planning.
‘Boot Camp’ grads recognized
The American Farm Bureau Federation honored a group of 16 farm and ranch leaders as graduates of the organization’s eighth annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp. The agricultural leaders were recognized after completing an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying, messaging and seeking elected office.
AFBF survey shows big data use increasing, big questions remain
A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection.
Ag ambassadors find out about Michigan’s diverse farm sector(1)
Matt and Rachel Stine of Montgomery County traveled to Michigan from July 29 to Aug. 1 as Indiana Farm Bureau’s ACE (Agricultural Cultural Exchange) ambassadors.
What to do if a theft occurs
If livestock have been stolen report it immediately. Provide law enforcement with any relevant information including:
Simple steps can reduce chances of livestock theft
For many people, the idea of livestock theft brings up images of a man wearing a black hat, face covered with a bandana, riding up on his horse with guns blazing, rustling cattle from a helpless farmer and his family.
Ag ambassadors find out about Michigan’s diverse farm sector
Matt and Rachel Stine of Montgomery County traveled to Michigan from July 29 to Aug. 1 as Indiana Farm Bureau’s ACE (Agricultural Cultural Exchange) ambassadors.
Farm Bureau to match law foundation contributions
From now until Dec. 31, Indiana Farm Bureau will match contributions made to the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation by individuals and family farms.
Convention trade show to offer handcrafted items
Many conventions have trade shows – rows of booths filled with information and goodies. Indiana Farm Bureau is offering something a little more targeted this year.
Energy tour visits projects across Indiana
On Oct. 9, Indiana Farm Bureau and the 25x’25 Alliance, a national renewable energy organization, hosted a tour in northern Indiana that showcased a variety of small-scale renewable energy projects.
Property tax survey responses needed by Dec. 15
Members have until Dec. 15 to participate in Indiana Farm Bureau’s property tax survey.
Farm Bureau, other groups to host series of farm bill meetings
A broad coalition of ag groups, including Farm Bureau, is partnering with the USDA’s Indiana Farm Service Agency and Purdue University Extension Service to host a series of informational meetings in December and January on programs offered under the new farm bill.
Farmers helping farmers: It is a big deal
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience something that most people outside of agriculture rarely see or hear about: Farmers helping farmers.
American Agri-Women to kick off 40th anniversary at national convention in Ohio
American Agri-Women (AAW) will kick off a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration at its annual convention held this year at Hueston Woods Lodge & Convention Center, College Corner, Ohio, Nov. 6-8.
Collegiate Farm Bureaus begin fall activities
The Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters at both Purdue University and Vincennes University are beginning the fall semester with new student leaders and fresh ideas.
American Farm Bureau releases videos on big-data risks, rewards for farmers
The American Farm Bureau Federation has released a series of short educational videos to help farmers and ranchers understand the rewards and risks of data-analysis technologies sweeping the agricultural landscape.
Farmers at risk for significant hearing loss
Hearing loss is something that can affect anyone and something everyone should be concerned about – but it is a problem that affects farmers in particularly large numbers.
Discussion Meet sign up open
Young farmers who want to compete in the Discussion Meet should sign up when they register for state convention.
Breakout details offered for state convention
Priority issues, trends and tools are on the agenda for the IFB state convention’s breakout sessions.
From Pork to Grapes
After getting out of the hog business, Cayuga farmer turns to wine grapes.
Indiana Farm Bureau student members visit nation’s capital
A trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Indiana agriculture and to discuss important topics with our members of Congress is always a fulfilling experience.
Time for Action
IFB’s 2014 Leaders in Action group traveled to Washington, D.C., to put the skills they acquired during the program to use.
Facing likely defeat, EPA abandons key farm case in West Virginia
The EPA’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, the American Farm Bureau said in a Sept. 22 statement.
New resource helps ‘start the conversation’ on animal agriculture
“Start the Conversation: Let’s Talk About Animal Agriculture” is the first in a new series of resources the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is launching to foster discussion on questions consumers have about food production and agriculture.
Responding to postcard survey will help IFB with tax reform effort
Along with the many items of interest and photos contained in this issue, members will find two extremely valuable tools.
Now is the time to comment on WOTUS proposal
Comments on the “Waters of the U.S.” rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are due Oct. 20 – and more farmers and other affected people need to comment, said Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau senior policy advisor and counsel.
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Farmers, legislators meet and mingle at 'Before the Harvest' event
Farmers, legislators meet and mingle at 'Before the Harvest' event
Woman leaders invited to regional roundtable meetings
Indiana Farm Bureau will host four regional roundtables for county woman leaders on Sept. 22 and 23.
State convention registration, program details now available
Registration is open for the IFB state convention, Dec. 12-13 in French Lick.
IFB to host energy alliance meeting
The 25x25 Alliance, a coalition whose goal is securing 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025, will be bringing its steering committee to Indiana on Oct. 8 and 9 to highlight a new initiative called Energy for Economic Growth.
IFB woman leader selected for communication ‘boot camp’
Deb Walsh, Indiana Farm Bureau District 1 woman leader, has been accepted to the 2014 AFBF Women’s Communication Boot Camp and will participate in the intensive training workshop Oct. 7-10.
County Recognition Program’s year ends Sept. 30
As you wrap up your county activities, we are excited here at IFB to recognize counties for their efforts over the past year.
State fair helps Farm Bureau connect with consumers
Eight months of planning, countless meetings, a complete exhibit overhaul and hundreds of hours of hard work by IFB staff culminated in the 17-day Indiana State Fair in August.
Kron joins trade mission to Asia
IFB Vice President Randy Kron recently travelled to Japan, Taiwan and South Korea as part of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s trade mission to Asia.
Involuntary annexation topic of study committee’s discussion
The discussion about involuntary annexation has moved from communities across the state into the Statehouse.
Eight Hoosier lawmakers named ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’
Indiana Farm Bureau has announced that eight members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have been named “Friend of Farm Bureau,” an award given by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Food safety course offered by District 7
District 7 Farm Bureau is sponsoring in November a two-day course on safe food handling.
Big data, UAVs topic of IALF workshop
“Big data” has become a hot topic in agriculture, which is why the Indiana Ag Law Foundation and Indiana Farm Bureau sponsored a workshop on big data for farmers on Aug. 15.
News Bites
News Bites —Compiled by Kathleen M. Dutro, Public Relations Team
IFB needs your help
Indiana Farm Bureau is preparing for a busy legislative session that will include, among other important issues, a hard look at the steep rise in farmland taxes.
Farm data, annexation, property taxes issues addressed by Farm Bureau delegates
Delegates reaffirmed and strengthened the Farm Bureau’s call for property tax reform and also approved new language concerning the emerging issues of big data and unmanned aerial vehicles as they affect agriculture.
Direct Marketing with a Difference
Direct Marketing with a Difference Co-op market focuses as much as possible on local products At the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, you can find health-food staples such as agave nectar, organic Brazil nuts, and goji berries.
County FB wins annexation fight; another goes to court
As the fight against forced annexation continues across Indiana, county Farm Bureaus in Huntington and Hancock counties take action against their separate challenges.
Who’s who at Indiana Farm Bureau: Administrative assistant Diane Miller(2)
Indiana Farm Bureau welcomes its newest staff member, Diane Miller.
Qubein to headline IFB convention
Farm Bureau members will get on board with Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, during this year’s state convention.
Grower takes his crop to market – the supermarket, that is
“If you’d been able to come a few weeks later, I would have been able to get you a really good one,” said William Harriman as he cut into a cantaloupe pulled straight from the vine.
Selling through a co-op helps blueberry producer create good will
Blueberry lovers can buy berries from the Blueberry Ranch (blueberryranch.com) several ways.
Co-op market focuses as much as possible on local products
At the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, you can find health-food staples such as agave nectar, organic Brazil nuts, and goji berries.
Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge launched by AFBF, Georgetown
The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas have announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Leno to address AFBF convention
Acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address at the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2015.
IFB member honored as ‘Champion of Change’
The White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture honored several Farm Bureau members as “Champions of Change” for Agriculture on July 29.
August recess campaign to focus on Waters of the US, other Farm Bureau priorities
During the five-week pause in Congress known as the August recess, Farm Bureau members are encouraged to interact with their U.S. representatives and convey the issues and concerns most important to their farms and communities.
Farm bill meetings to help farmers understand deadlines, requirements
Farm Credit Mid-America, Indiana Farm Service Agency and Indiana Farm Bureau are sponsoring a series of meetings this month in Indiana and Kentucky to help farmers become better informed on the 2014 farm bill and how it could affect them.
Legislature needs to offer more tools to help citizens fight annexation
As forced annexations become increasingly common in Indiana, rural residents who don’t want their land annexed by a city or town have only a couple of real options, according to Indiana Farm Bureau tax and local government specialist Katrina Hall.
Soil health website developed for farmers
A coalition of Indiana ag organizations including Indiana Farm Bureau and Purdue Extension have used Indiana’s nutrient management/soil health strategy to create an online resource that farmers can use to make decisions on cropping systems, cover crop use, and nutrient and water management.
Ag ambassadors to travel to Michigan
This year’s Indiana Farm Bureau ACE (Agriculture Cultural Exchange) ambassadors will travel to Michigan to explore the state’s diverse agriculture. Selected to represent IFB this year are Rachel and Matthew Stine of Montgomery County and Stephen and Sherry Neff of Marshall County. The trip will take place July 29 through Aug. 1.
PAGs consider policy
Indiana Farm Bureau’s Policy Advisory Groups have been meeting this spring and summer to review policy recommendations relevant to their areas of expertise. The groups also made few new recommendations of their own.
Young farmer group brings politicians and public together
The Montgomery County Farm Bureau Young Farmers hosted U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, Indiana Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, and County Commissioner Phil Bane for a dinner and legislative discussion on June 21. The event was held at Hudson Farms in Crawfordsville.
Husk hopes to reinvigorate local food processing
Selling direct to the public is nothing new to Adam Moody and his family, which for more than a decade have been direct-retailing the beef, pork and chicken raised on their Montgomery County farm.
Farm Bureau and other ag groups partner with Habitat for Humanity
For the fifth straight year, Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Indiana agriculture sponsors to construct a house at the state fair in just 14 days.
Recipe Trail introduces cooks to Indiana farm families
The Recipe Trail at the Indiana State Fair will be back this year, with new stories, prizes, farm families and delicious recipes.
Young farmers invited to event held during Indiana State Fair
Young farmers are invited to attend a new event on Aug. 16: the Young Farmer Summer Social.
Farm Bureau to have a whole new look at the Indiana State Fair
“Over the past six months, a small group of staff has put a great deal of time and effort into a new, educational exhibit for the Farm Bureau building at the state fair,” said Julie Taylor, IFB’s education coordinator. “Our hope is that each visitor to the building will leave knowing something new about agriculture.”
Extension of comment period expands opportunity to fight proposed water rule
Thanks to pressure from the agricultural community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its proposed Clean Water Act rule.
2014 Farm Bill How Does It Affect You?
An informational meeting that will let you know about deadlines, requirements and what tools are available on the marketplace.
Ownership remains a big issue for big data
This is why the Indiana Ag Law Foundation and Indiana Farm Bureau are holding a workshop on big data for farmers on Aug. 15. The workshop will also address issues surrounding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Farmland taxes again a top priority for IFB
“Farmland property taxes are absorbing the profitability of agriculture,” she said, adding that unless state officials take action, the problem is only going to get worse – much worse.
Rural Youth/Young Adults plan reunion in September
Former Indiana Rural Youth/Young Adults members, mark your calendars.
IFB members invited to help Phyllis Stackhouse celebrate 90th birthday
Phyllis Stackhouse, widow of former Indiana Farm Bureau President Marion Stackhouse, will host an open house on June 28 to celebrate her 90th birthday, and any Farm Bureau member is welcome to attend.
Harrison County auction house goes on the block
The second Monday of every month, beginning in April 1990, was the day of a feeder calf auction at the Milltown Auction. On the second Monday of April 2014, that tradition ended.
Farm Bureau Building at the state fair to feature new look, new activities
This year at the Indiana State Fair, it is the Year of the Coliseum. It’s also the year of the redesigned Indiana Farm Bureau building.
Moudy personifies media relations
Dwight Moudy, public relations coordinator for Elkhart County Farm Bureau, speaks matter-of-factly about how he and other Farm Bureau members have become the go-to sources for local media. Moudy is on the top of the list when reporters call looking for information about the county’s agricultural community.
Three organizations receive grants from women’s committee
Three organizations – the Linton-Stockton School Corporation in Greene County, Rush County Farm Bureau and the Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District – were recently awarded grants by the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
IFB’s Intern Class of 2014
Indiana Farm Bureau’s latest crop of summer interns will be assisting in the areas of accounting, law, public relations and ag promotion and outreach.
Summer offers opportunities for county Farm Bureaus
Listed below are some opportunities for county Farm Bureaus to receive credit through IFB’s County Recognition Program for all their efforts.
Local farmer has major concerns with EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule
If the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is allowed to be implemented as currently written, entire farming operations could be disrupted, making it very difficult, if not impossible, to carry out many “normal” farming practices, according to Martinsville grain and cattle farmer Norman Voyles Jr.
To make IFB’s campaign against proposed EPA rule effective, action from individual farmers is needed
Indiana Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other state Farm Bureaus, have begun their offensive against a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that could radically redefine what can be considered “waters of the United States” and greatly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction over farmland and other private lands.
Estate and succession planning seminar available
There are still spots available for Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation’s July 17 seminar, Estate and Succession Planning for the Family Farm.
‘Big data’ topic of Aug. 15 workshop
The collection, sharing and utilization of “big data” is being hailed as the next big thing in agriculture.
IFB Drainage School returns
Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Drainage School, a seminar focusing on Indiana drainage issues, will take place Aug. 27 at IFB’s home office in downtown Indianapolis.
Rural broadband access to be studied by working group
The availability of broadband Internet access in rural Indiana is a topic that’s starting to receive some attention, according to Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s state government relations director.
Congress passes water transportation bill
A bill that, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, “puts America’s inland waterways and port infrastructure on a solid and sustainable foundation to contribute to U.S. economic growth, jobs and global competitiveness for generations to come,” has been passed by Congress and now moves to the president’s desk for his signature.
School referendums becoming common as districts grapple with tax caps
In recent elections, voters have seen a huge jump in the number of referendums on school funding. There’s a specific reason for this, said Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s state government relations director and tax specialist.
Rushville farmer represents Indiana dairies at the Indy 500
Each year in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500, the winning driver receives the coveted bottle of ice-cold milk from an Indiana dairy farmer.
American Farm Bureau tells members to ‘ditch’ EPA water rule
The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking members to resist a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it says will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms.
Skin cancer council reminds farmers and others not to ‘fry’ this summer
We all know that too much time in the sun can leave us with a painful and unattractively red sunburn, but did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Those who work outdoors – including farmers – are at particular risk.
HSUS starts ag council in Indiana
The Humane Society of the United States has created an agriculture council for the state. Similar councils exist in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio
Volunteers needed for grocery price survey program
There’s an easy, low-stress way for a member to be involved in one of Farm Bureau’s most effective public and media relations efforts.
Policy advisory groups to meet in June
Seven policy advisory groups will meet during the month of June to review county Farm Bureau policy recommendations relevant to their areas of expertise. The groups will also determine if they have their own recommendations to submit.
Grants available for many different kinds of farm improvements
“There’s an app for that” has become a cliché because there actually is an app for almost everything. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that there’s a grant for that, said author Sarah Aubrey, Farm Bureau voting member and owner of Prosperity Consulting in Morgan County.
AFBF creates new resources to help farmers understand the new farm bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new series of videos and launched a website (http://goo.gl/ujjnny) to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill.
Farm bill consolidates conservation programs, expands energy funding
Conservation programs received a reduction of nearly $4 billion over the next 10 years in the Agricultural Act of 2014, better known as the farm bill.
Kron to promote Indiana ag on Asia trip
Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Kron, will be traveling to China, Taiwan and South Korea in June as part of a delegation promoting Indiana agriculture in Asia.
EPA proposes new ag worker standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s agricultural worker protection standard, or WPS, is a regulation aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers
Project designed to show that ag is ‘committed to reducing nutrient loss’
In January, a number of Indiana farm organizations announced the Nutrient Management/Soil Health Strategy – a new voluntary initiative focused on improvement of soil health and management of nutrients on farmland.
Farm Bureau ELECT successful in the 2014 primary
Farm Bureau ELECT (Indiana Farm Bureau’s political action committee) made endorsements this year in three congressional primaries and 12 Statehouse primary races, and the ELECT-endorsed candidate was successful in all but four of those races.
Farmers need to remember to tell their ‘tax story’ to lawmakers
It’s May in Indiana, and farmers are planting – and making that trip to the county courthouse to pay their property taxes on all the land, buildings and equipment that their business cannot operate without.  Farming families know all too well about the “big check” they must write in May and November.
If there’s a possible annexation in your future, keep IFB in the loop
As Indiana Farm Bureau staff focuses their efforts to help members deal with the recent rash of annexation proposals occurring across the state, we need to hear from you. If you see something, say something. This is the current catch phrase for reporting suspicious behavior to law enforcement.
County woman leaders recognized for leadership
County woman leaders who completed the Indiana Farm Bureau Leadership Incentive Program for 2013 were recently recognized by the Women’s Leadership Committee. The recognition occurred during the 2014 Spring Conference
ELECT endorses 15 candidates for 2014 primaries
Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT, the political action committee of Indiana Farm Bureau, has made endorsements in the primary races for three congressional seats and 12 legislative seats.
GMO labeling bill introduced in Congress
A bill to create a national labeling program for foods made with genetically modified organisms was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo and a number of others representatives on April 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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