MILL CREEK, Ind. (August 27, 2015) — Congresswoman Jackie Walorski spoke directly with farmers at a Shop Talk hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.
ISA Director Joe Tuholski hosted Walorski August 12 at his farm in LaPorte County.
The ISA and ICGA Shop Talk was one in a series with farmers and members of the Indiana Congressional delegation during the August Congressional recess.
Walorski told farmers she has typically opposed the President’s agenda, but supported expanding trade because of benefits to agriculture.
“That was a tough vote for me,” Walorski said. “But, the number one reason I voted for Trade Promotion Authority was because of the benefit for farmers. I know how important trade is to you and how important opening up new markets is.”
Farmers said having a direct conversation with their elected officials is of great value.
“For me, I think it’s rewarding to see our friends and neighbors, some of whom are pretty disenfranchised by the political process, know that their lawmakers understand our issues and care about what we say,” said Tuholksi, who raises soybeans, corn, popcorn and dairy cattle on his family farm. “And, the more our elected officials see us and talk to us, the more likely they are to understand our issues.”
At each shop talk around the state, Farm Credit Mid America hosted panel discussions on the financial squeezes facing farmers and their profitability.
“While global events and governmental fiscal policy is out of the realm of what a farmer can control, they can take control of their own financial risk. We encourage farmers to understand the magnitude of every buying decision, whether its discretionary spending, fixed operations cost or spending on variable input cost,” said Natasha Cox, Regional Vice President of Farm Credit Mid America.
Cox said that starting conversations now with their banker and lenders will help farmers in the long-term.
“We also encourage producers to be open to discussions with their financial partners that include discussing strategies for managing risk during potential profit declines and volatility in the marketplace,” she said. “Crop insurance is an excellent example of risk management, fitting the policy to the risk bearing ability of the operation, while understating the importance of accurate, complete and timely communication and records.”
2015 is the second year ISA and ICGA have sponsored shop talks during the Congressional August district work period. The events encourage farmers to be involved in the political process, as they are the best advocates for agriculture.
To learn more, visit www.indianasoybean.com/membership or www.incorn.org/icga.