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Ag Policy Summit: Huddle Up to Tackle Ag Issues

Contact: Dave Blower Jr. at 317-644-0980; dblower@indianasoybean.com

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 2, 2019) — Hoosier farmers, it’s time to huddle up! With historically disastrous planting conditions, bogged down trade relationships and huge market losses due to African Swine Fever, there has never been a more critical time for Indiana farmers to tackle policy issues.  Join us at the Indianapolis Colts Football Practice Facility on July 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Ag Policy Summit, presented by the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA). For agriculture to score a touchdown, farmers need to write a new playbook – a game plan for productive farm policy.

 

“The stakes have never been higher for Hoosier farmers than they are today. Farmers were already experiencing a blitz of challenges with trade disruptions, reduced livestock demand due to African Swine Fever and EPA refinery waivers that have severely diminished ethanol demand,” said ICGA President Sarah Delbecq. “Now, Mother Nature has seen fit to ‘sack the quarterback’ before we’ve even had a chance to call a play for this year’s farming season. The unprecedented wet weather that delayed, reduced and prevented planting has been a game changer – and not in a good way.”   

 

“Indiana sits right at ground zero in terms of being hardest hit by this spring’s weather phenomenon, said Phil Ramsey, chairman of the ISA Membership and Policy Committee.  Even economists, grain marketers and USDA experts haven’t been able to get a handle on the true gravity of the situation. But we do know Hoosier farmers need a ‘Hail Mary.’  And policy makers need to help carry the ball for Hoosier farmers.”

 

The Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association Ag Policy Summit will offer farmers and stakeholders a chance to play offense on ag issues most impacting the Indiana corn ag industry.  Attendees will hear from U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) with an update from Washington, D.C., Indiana Director of Broadband Opportunities Scott Rudd with a discussion on plans for the expansion of rural broadband in Indiana, and, and farm humorist Damian Mason, sponsored by Bayer, who will convert extra points with provoking insights. 

 

No scalpers here! Entry is free thanks to our generous sponsors: Bane-Welker, Bayer, Co-Alliance; FMC, Farm Credit Mid-America, NineStar Connect, and Syngenta.  The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance are also sponsoring this event.

 

The Summit will take place at the newly remodeled Colts practice facility at 7001 W. 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46254 on Tuesday, July 30th. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 3 p.m. Register at www.indianasoybean.com/summit

For more information, contact Lauren Taylor, corporate relations and membership manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance, at ltaylor@indianasoybean.com or 317-644-2863 or go to www.indianasoybean.com/summit.

 

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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 grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs, and new uses for soybeans. 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 nearly 600 dues paying members. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com

 

The Indiana Corn Growers Association, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga.

 

This communication was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or Indiana corn checkoff dollars.