AgriBank District Farm Credit Council honors Indiana senator during an annual gathering in Washington, D.C.
Last week, the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council (ADFCC) presented its 2018 Friend of Farm Credit Award to U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
The award was given for his work on behalf of Indiana rural communities, agriculture and the Farm Credit System. ADFCC members are in Washington to meet with members of Congress about issues important to farmers and ranchers in AgriBank’s Midwestern District. The current deliberations on the Farm Bill are foremost on their agenda.
“The leadership Senator Donnelly provides through his service on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Banking Committee is critical to the well-being of our rural communities and our agricultural producers across the country,” said Tony Wolfe, a grain and cattle farmer from Hazleton, Ind.; board member of Farm Credit lender Farm Credit Mid-America; and ADFCC member. “In particular, we greatly appreciate Senator Donnelly’s efforts to ensure the crop insurance program remains an effective risk management tool to help producers deal with the vagaries of weather and the markets. While the counter-cyclical programs also are important to our producers, crop insurance is a vital component of ensuring there is an adequate safety net. The Senate version of the Farm Bill includes several provisions championed by Senator Donnelly to improve risk management, conservation and export promotion programs, as well as to help address opioid abuse and food insecurity.”
“I’m honored to have received this award,” Donnelly said. “I’m proud to advocate for Hoosier farmers through efforts to protect crop insurance, to make sure they have access to credit, and to do all I can to help farmers navigate significant challenges – from depressed commodity prices to chaotic trade markets and unforeseen weather events.”
Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm Credit has been fulfilling its mission of helping rural America grow and thrive for more than a century by providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services. For more information about Farm Credit, please visit www.farmcredit.com.
The AgriBank District Farm Credit Council represents Farm Credit farmers and ranchers in a 15-state area from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. About half the nation’s cropland is located within the AgriBank District.