(Indianapolis) – November 20, 2018 – Indiana Farm Bureau leaders and staff met with legislators at the Statehouse today to discuss INFB’s legislative priorities for 2019. Legislators were invited to attend INFB’s annual Organization Day Breakfast held at the Statehouse. Members of the INFB board of directors, including President Randy Kron and Vice President Kendell Culp, along with the organization’s public policy team were able to speak with legislators during the event.
“The Organization Day Breakfast gives us an opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss issues that are important to Indiana’s farmers before session begins,” said Randy Kron. “Our members put a lot of thoughtful effort into crafting the organization’s policy positions for 2019. When session begins in January, our members will visit with their legislators to advocate for the policy positions they adopted.”
INFB’s policy creation process begins with the county Farm Bureaus. All counties have the opportunity to make policy suggestions or edits. Then, the recommendations are brought before a resolutions committee to be considered before they reach the INFB delegate session, which was held on Aug. 25 and consisted of 262 member representatives. After the delegate session adjourns, the INFB board of directors identifies the key issues INFB members and staff will focus on at the Statehouse when the General Assembly reconvenes.
INFB’s policy priorities for 2019 are as follows:
- Incentivize Rural Revitalization
- Expand Broadband Deployment
- Increase Rural School Funding
- Restore the Kankakee and Yellow Rivers
- Reduce Extraterritorial Authority
- Improve Assessment Uniformity and Local Government Funding
“Since 2019 is a budget year in the General Assembly, INFB will work on several issues that require funding,” said Katrina Hall, INFB director of public policy. “Our members are very interested in improving funding for rural school programs like FFA, and agricultural career and technical education. The organization also will work to continue the momentum of broadband deployment, explore other initiatives to revitalize rural Indiana and work toward statewide uniformity in property tax assessments.”
About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at INFB.org