(Indianapolis) – March 9, 2022 – Indiana Farm Bureau is celebrating several legislative successes for Hoosier farmers as the 2022 Indiana General Assembly ended today. As Statehouse operations returned to normal from pandemic protocols last year, this year brought more members to Indianapolis to meet with legislators and advocate for policies that were important to them.
One of the more contested issues at the Statehouse for members this year was carbon sequestration legislation. With help from INFB members, stopping SB 265 and HB 1249 protected property rights for landowners' future use of their property below the surface. INFB worked with BP, National Petroleum Council, Purdue University, CountryMark and Indiana Department of Natural Resources on language in a third bill, HEA 1209, that sufficiently addresses the property rights concerns from the other two bills.
“Advocating for agriculture has always been Farm Bureau’s priority,” said Randy Kron, INFB president. “We are only as successful as our grassroots, and INFB members made sure their voices were heard by staying connected with legislators and engaged in the legislative process this session.”
Kron added that they were grateful to see legislation pass to provide relief for individual taxpayers and look forward to further consideration in the budget session next year. Some of the bills INFB supported concerning tax policy were:
The home-based vendor legislation that didn’t make it through to the governor’s desk during the 2021 session passed this year in HEA 1149, which specifies the requirements for the preparation and sale of food products as a home-based vendor. It allows shelf-stable food to be sold from vendors’ homes, online and at community events, instead of just at farmers markets and roadside stands. Research shows that the typical home-based vendor in Indiana is a female who works from home making around $2,000 a year. This legislation will help keep rural communities viable by broadening the opportunities available for individuals working out of their homes.
Other bills supported by INFB include:
“With the short session this year and Statehouse operations getting back to normal, we knew it would be pretty fast paced,” said Andy Tauer, executive director of public policy. “But so much was still accomplished in a short amount of time to positively impact agriculture.
About Indiana Farm Bureau: For more than 100 years, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has promoted agriculture in Indiana through public education, member engagement, and by advocating for agricultural and rural needs. As the state’s largest general farm organization, INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm—protecting the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers—because agriculture is vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at INFB.org