Indiana Corn and Soybean Farmers Host Town Hall with Senator Joe Donnelly
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 7, 2015) — Senator Joe Donnelly heard directly from Indiana farmers about their concerns and needs at a town hall meeting during the Indiana Corn and Soybean Forum at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette today.
“It has never been more critical for farmers to have conversations with elected officials,” said ICGA Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport, Ind. “We appreciate Senator Donnelly taking the time to answer our questions and provide us more insight of what is happening in Washington, D.C. that directly impacts our farms.”
Senator Donnelly answered questions from farmers about trade agreements, crop insurance, the Renewable Fuel Standard and transportation infrastructure.
“If we are the crossroads of America – and we are – then we need to take care of our businesses and industries, including our ag community, which rely on our roads and infrastructure,” said Sen. Donnelly after discussing the transportation funding bill the Senate recently passed that was signed into law.
As one of the many farmers who directed a question to Sen. Donnelly, ISA Director Anngie Steinbarger said that she wanted to ensure that the Senator was aware that his continued support of the crop insurance program within the farm bill is needed for corn and soybean farmers across the state.
“With the recent attempts by some in Congress to cut the crop insurance program, we need to remind our elected representation in D.C. that this program represents an important risk management tool for farmers, especially as we face some uncertain times in our farm economy,” said Steinbarger, a farmer from Edinburgh, Ind.
To learn more about the Indiana Corn Growers Association or to become a member, visit www.incorn.org/icga. To learn more about the policy efforts of Indiana Soybean Alliance or to become a member, visit www.indianasoybean.com/membership. You can also keep up with them on Twitter @IN_Corn and @Indiana_Soy.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members. For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.