FRANKFORT, Ind. (August 27, 2015) — Congressman Todd Rokita spoke directly with farmers at a Shop Talk hosted by the Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance.
ICGA Director Mike Beard hosted Rokita August 11 at his farm in Frankfort, Ind. The ICGA and ISA Shop Talk was one in a series with farmers and members of the Indiana Congressional delegation during the August Congressional recess.
During the meeting with farmers, Rokita discussed burdensome regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the negative impact on agriculture.
“It is wrong for the activist EPA to just so distort the plain meaning of a term, navigable water, to somehow include a ditch or even a pond that occurs after a heavy rainfall. It’s just beyond comprehension so that’s a reason to fight, to fight against the stupidity of an activist agency,” Rokita said.
Farmers said having a direct conversation with their elected officials is of great value.
“We know the demographics aren’t in our favor,” said Beard, who raises corn, soybeans, and hogs on his family farm. “So we have to make sure that our members of Congress, and our state legislators, are up to date on the important issues we have to face every day.”
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 it's 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.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.