Indiana Farm Bureau’s priorities for the 2024 Indiana General Assembly will focus on three general topic areas that will protect and enhance agriculture in the best way for INFB members by digging deep into issues that may have lasting effects on food production and quality of life.
The priorities, which were identified by the INFB board of directors following the August delegate session, are:
Finding ways to keep rural communities prospering even as more people migrate to suburban and urban centers.
Without access to reliable infrastructure, high-speed broadband, a qualified and dependable workforce, and the means to produce food, the viability of rural communities across the state is in serious danger. INFB will advocate for policies that expand broadband access, invest in education and training, support the availability of high-quality childcare and safeguard agriculture production to keep producers farming.
Click the button below to watch a video featuring Alayne Johnson, Whitley County INFB member, speaking about this issue.
Click the button below to watch a recording of an INFB policy call that features insights from experts on the health care challenges impacting Hoosier communities.
INFB will work with legislators to adjust the farmland formula and create more uniformity in assessments.
The consistent increase of tax burdens directly impacts producers’ bottom lines. Agriculture is a capital-intensive business that relies entirely on land and equipment – both of which are subject to property taxes in the state of Indiana.
INFB will advocate for policy proposals that decrease the reliance on farmland for sustaining property tax revenues and ensure essential services are adequately funded.
Click the button below to watch a video featuring Rich Chattin, Knox County INFB member, speaking about this issue.
With more than 80% of Indiana land devoted to farms, forests and woodlands, land use and property rights continue to be threatened by development.
INFB will advocate for policy proposals that improve water quality, with an emphasis on policies that assess the volume of available water across the state. INFB also will focus on policy that will safeguard farmland from foreign ownership and preserve it for future generations.
Click the button below to watch a video featuring David Hardin, Hendricks County INFB member, speaking about this issue.