Tuesday was organization day for Indiana legislators who formally took office ahead of the next session. Indiana Farm Bureau leaders and staff used the opportunity to invite legislators to attend INFB’s Organization Day Breakfast held each year at the Statehouse. INFB President Randy Kron and Vice President Kendell Culp, board members and the public policy team talked with legislators about issues important to Indiana farmers.
“Our members put a lot of thoughtful effort into crafting the organization’s policy positions for 2019. When session begins in January, our members will visit with legislators to advocate for the policy positions they adopted,” said Kron.
The coming year is a budget year for the General Assembly, and Katrina Hall, INFB director of public policy, says they’ll work on several issues that require funding. She says Farm Bureau members are highlighting the desire for improved funding for rural school programs like FFA, and agricultural career and technical education. Other 2019 policy priorities are to continue the momentum of broadband deployment, incentivize rural revitalization, work toward statewide uniformity in property tax assessments, and restore the Kankakee and Yellow Rivers.
As the state’s largest grass roots farm organization, each county Farm Bureau can make policy suggestions and their recommendations are brought before a resolutions committee to be considered before they reach the INFB delegate session held in August. From there, the INFB board of directors identifies the key issues to focus on at the Statehouse when the General Assembly reconvenes.