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Indiana Agriculture Leaders Win Awards

Indiana Ag Leaders Win Awards
Senator Donnelly speaking to the National Farmers Union; Donnelly receiving the ‘2018 Golden Triangle Award’ from the National Farmers Union.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was awarded the ‘2018 Golden Triangle Award’ by the National Farmers Union. The National Farmers Union recognized Donnelly’s efforts to support Hoosier farmers, families, and rural communities and his work in the Senate-passed 2018 Farm Bill, which he helped write as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The Senate-passed Farm Bill is in the conference committee, where it will be reconciled with the version that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. Donnelly spoke to more than 300 members of the group yesterday.

Donnelly said, “I’m honored to have received this award and am proud to work with the National Farmers Union to support the economic well-being of Hoosier farmers, who work every day to feed our communities. I will continue to advocate for our Hoosier farmers and state’s agriculture community, which is why I am working on getting the Farm Bill across the finish line and signed into law so that our farmers can get some semblance of certainty and stability that they need to plan for the future.”

Purdue Extension recognized a lifetime of dedication and achievement by awarding Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Corn Growers Association the Women in Agriculture Leadership Award on Aug. 16 at the Indiana State Fair.

The Women in Agriculture Leadership Award recognizes a woman in agribusiness or in a policymaking position who has made a difference for Hoosier farmers. For the past eight years, Stevens has overseen Indiana corn and soybean checkoff programs as well as membership and policy organizations.

“Jane Ade Stevens has been and will continue as a mentor, model, counselor and friend to many leaders in agriculture both now and in the future,” said Mike Beard, who is a farmer from Frankfort, Ind. and president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. “She has served with expertise in a multitude of disciplines. Jane is deserving of an award for women in agriculture, but her accomplishments rank her high among Indiana’s agriculture leaders regardless of gender.”

“From the construction of the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to the new Corn & Soy Innovation Phenotyping Center at Purdue, Jane has been a guiding force for Indiana farmers,” said Tom Griffiths, a farmer from Kendallville, Ind. and chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance board of directors.

Sources: US Senator Joe Donnelly’s Press Office and Indiana Corn and Soybean