Indiana corn and soybean farmers from around the state met with their state legislators Tuesday morning over breakfast to discuss bills that will have an impact on Indiana agriculture. Indiana Soybean Alliance director Dave Rodibaugh told Hoosier Ag Today that funding for Purdue University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is on the docket this session. He says the funding is critically important to move the facility into the 21st century.
“That’s important to us and to the public at large in order to help us deal with livestock and disease challenges with all the testing, protecting public health, as well as our own health of our herds.”
They are also voicing their support for increased funding for Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
“Groups that are farmer groups in each county that direct conservation efforts, work with the technical folks from USDA, and help to promote conservation which is one of our really top priorities.”
The Indiana livestock sector continues to see bills regulating confined feeding operations and requiring annual inspection of CAFOs. Indiana Corn and Soybean is standing with the livestock sector in opposing those bills, as the livestock sector is their number one customer in the state.
“The vast majority of soybeans raised in Indiana go to produce bean meal which we feed in our livestock rations, poultry and pork primarily. Then there’s the corn which goes into the diets of our pigs. It’s raised on our own farms, processed, and then use for pig feed. So, the value-added industry in the form of livestock is extremely important right here at home.”
Numerous broadband expansion bills are also on the docket. Indiana Corn and Soy is in support of each of those bills to increase broadband efforts around the state.