“Sending farmers to Washington, D.C. is valuable because it gives our elected officials a chance to hear the grassroots concerns for policies that impact soybean farmers,” said Levi Huffman, chair of ISA policy committee and a farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “Farmers should engage with their legislators and explain how national issues impact Indiana farms, and this is the motivation for the ISA policy committee trip to Washington, D.C.”
Joining Huffman on the visits were Indiana farmers Alan Kemper of Lafayette; Joe Steinkamp of Evansville; David Lowe of Dunkirk; Jim Schriver of Bluffton; and Don Wyss of Ossian. While in Washington, D.C., the group visited with a number of House Offices, including personal meetings with Hoosier Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats and Representatives Todd Young, Luke Messer, and Todd Rokita. They also met with the staffs of Representatives Susan Brooks, Marlin Stutzman and Larry Bucshon.
“Our senators and representatives are working to the best of their ability to serve us. But the only way for them to effectively work for us is for them to know what we need, said Joe Steinkamp, who also serves on the American Soybean Association board. “The ISA Policy Committee trip to Washington D.C. provides an opportunity for us to meet with our senators and representatives and talk with them about what’s going on.”
During their time in Washington D.C., ISA committee members met with representatives to encourage action on the passage of Trade Promotion Authority and support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, thank them for the passage of the Water Resources Reform Development Act and encourage the signing of legislation to establish standard Federal labeling of biotech foods.
ISA directors also attended the American Soybean Association meeting to discuss national legislative and regulatory priorities, which include trade expansion, biotech regulation, aquaculture and biodiesel demand.
This trip to Washington D.C. was sponsored through Indiana Soybean Alliance’s membership and policy committee, which has the goal to encourage sound agricultural policy to keep Indiana soybean farms viable. For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com/membership.
(Pictured with Senator Donnelly from left, Jim Schriver of Bluffton; Alan Kemper of Lafayette; Senator Joe Donnelly; Joe Steinkamp of Evansville; David Lowe of Dunkirk; Levi Huffman of Lafayette; and Don Wyss of Ossian.
Pictured with Senator Coats from left, Alan and Janet Kemper of Lafayette; Joe Steinkamp of Evansville; Senator Dan Coats; Don Wyss of Ossian; Levi Huffman of Lafayette; David Lowe of Dunkirk; and Jim Schriver of Bluffton.)