This weekend, Indiana Farm Bureau policy delegates from every county will gather to adopt positions on a variety of state and federal farm issues. Hoosier Ag Today will be there to cover the event. Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron told HAT the top state issue for 2019 is likely to be the reorganization of township government, “I am expecting a very lively discussion on local government reorganization. There have been a couple attempts over the years to reorganize local township government by eliminating smaller township trustees.” Farmers and rural residents are worried a loss of township government will lead to less representation of rural areas and of rural concerns.
Kron says another key issue for Farm Bureau is broadband access in rural areas, “We want rural communities to have the same access to high-speed internet service as urban areas.” He added that it is not just an agricultural issue but a quality of life issue for rural residents, “Students are now required to do their homework on-line, and you need broadband access to do this.” He said this will continue to be a top priority for Farm Bureau.
On federal issues, trade will likely top the list. “I thought it might have been the Farm Bill, but that has taken a back seat to trade. We have got to stay focused on having markets for our products,” Kron said. However, it is important not to lose sight of the Farm Bill, “Farmers need to make some long-term decisions, and they need the certainty of a new Farm Bill passed on time.”
Watch for coverage over the weekend on Hoosier Ag Today social media channels as well as a complete wrap up next week.