U.S. Senate Candidates Give Insight on Important Issues to Indiana Agriculture
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 21, 2015) — Farmers and agribusiness professionals gathered in Indianapolis July 20 to talk about ag policy issues with three of the candidates in the 2016 U.S. Senate race for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Dan Coats. The Indiana Ag Policy Summit was sponsored by Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance Policy Committee.
“We believe that it is important for farmers to understand the positions of elected officials and we wanted to offer farmers the opportunity to hear the views of Senate candidates who will be running in the 2016 election,” said David Lowe, ISA president and farmer from Dunkirk, Ind. “We appreciate Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Eric Holcomb and Baron Hill attending our event to share their positions on important ag policy topics.”
All announced candidates were invited to participate in the event. Some of the topics discussed at the summit include the Renewable Fuel Standard, trade, biotechnology approvals, the farm bill and EPA’s recent Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
“This event was a first step in the process of acquainting farmers with the 2016 Senate candidates and making sure that candidates understand the issues important to Indiana’s agriculture community,” said Herb Ringel, ICGA president and a farmer from Wabash, Ind. “We anticipate that the 2016 U.S. Senate race will be important for our farmers and we want to ensure they are educated on what their elected officials believe.”
For more information about ICGA and ISA’s Membership and Policy committee, visit http://incorn.org/icga and http://www.indianasoybean.com/for-farmers/join-isa.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.
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, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, 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 800 dues-paying members. Visit www.indianasoybean.comfor more information.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.