Hoosier Farmers Host Legislators at Annual Corn & Soy Breakfast

 
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Indiana corn and soybean farmers shared their top legislative priorities with state legislators at the Statehouse in Indianapolis today. The annual Indiana Corn Growers Association & Indiana Soybean Alliance Legislative Breakfast provides farmers with the opportunity to talk directly with their legislators about key issues facing their farming operations.

“Hoosier farmers are critical drivers of Indiana’s economy, and it’s important for legislators to hear from farmers about what’s going on around our state,” said Jeanette Merritt, chair of ISA’s membership and policy committee. “To be able to tell legislators about the current conditions of rural roads and the desperate need for additional funding to improve our transportation systems is an important tool in advocating for our members.”

In addition to increased funding for rural roads, ICGA and ISA members are focused on correcting the state’s farmland property tax system, which has been disproportionally taxing Indiana farmers.

“Not only have farmland property tax rates increased 47 percent since 2008, without action, the base farmland tax rate could increase another 67 percent in the next three years. Addressing issues like this are vital to ensuring the future success of our Indiana farmers, and this is a great opportunity for our farmers to share that message with our legislators,” said Mike Nichols, ICGA president. “Our annual breakfast let’s ICGA members share with our legislators the issue that are important to our industry – issues like transportation funding, farmland property tax reform, and the growing availability of biofuels in Indiana.”

Additional support for the morning activities was provided by Dow AgroSciences, Farm Credit Mid-America, Beck’s, ADM, Indiana Ethanol Producers Association, and the Indiana Dairy Producers Association.

For more information about Indiana corn and soybean farmers and their impact on Indiana agriculture, visit www.indianasoybean.com or www.incorn.org/icga.  

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Contact: Megan Kuhn, ISA/ICGA, 317-614-0377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
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. 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.