Indiana Farm Bureau’s priorities for the 2022 Indiana General Assembly will focus on three general topic areas: rural viability, energy policy and taxes. The goal this year is to be more strategic and to take a longer-term look at priority areas that impact INFB members.
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.
INFB will focus on working with members in rural communities to help find solutions to many of the challenges facing rural Indiana, such as lack of or insufficient broadband internet access, and the need for increased workforce development and improved rural public health.
Working to find an all-of-the-above energy and climate strategy for Indiana in terms of carbon markets, electric generation and liquid transportation fuels.
With the growth in electric vehicles, farmers also need to make sure liquid transportation fuels are part of the conversation.
As part of the overall decarbonization and climate discussions that have a lot of impact on the overall energy conversation, INFB also needs to be discussing the evolution of carbon markets. It will continue to be important to find ways for all farmers adopting conservation and innovative farming practices to participate in carbon markets.
Finding tax policies that are fair and equitable for all INFB members.
Currently INFB has a lot of the focus on the federal tax policy, such as protecting the step-up in basis, capital gains and estate tax exemptions. At a state and local level, INFB will work to find solutions for the continued funding of rural schools, fire protection and other safety issues that are important to our members.