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Indiana soybean and corn farmers praise signing of farm bill

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

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 20, 2018) — Bolstered by the stability a new farm bill provides, Indiana’s corn and soybean growers thank lawmakers and President Trump for finishing the vital ag legislation for the next five years. Now, farmers have the needed certainty to continue feeding America and the world for the next planting season and beyond.

 

The Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association support the policies contained in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill. Nearly all work requirements tied to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were stripped from the $867 billion bill making it more palatable to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Today, President Trump affirmed this negotiated policy by signing it into law.

 

Both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of the most recent compromise version of the bill. The Senate adopted the bill by an 87-13 count, and the House passed it on to President Trump after a 369-47 vote. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) and Sen. Todd Young (R) and all of Indiana’s representatives voted in favor of the farm bill. In the House 187 Democrats and 182 Republicans supported the compromise bill.

 

“The final version of this farm bill includes a sensible safety net, preservation of crop insurance and support for conservation programs, which are all important to Indiana farmers,” said DeKalb County, Ind. farmer Sarah Delbecq, who is president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. “This has been a challenging year with respect to weather, markets and public policy. We are now another step closer to being able to confidently plan for the near future of our farms.”

 

Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers support the farm bill’s more equitable treatment of unplanted base acres and a more regionally balanced approach for updating of yields for the Price Loss Coverage Program. The new policy also incrementally increases the Conservation Reserve Program to 27 million acres. Funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) were maintained, although CSP will see some monetary decreases.

 

With potential changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Waters of the United States policies on the horizon, along with ongoing trade negotiations with China, Japan, Europe and the UK in the news, farmers are thankful to have the farm bill finished.

 

“Having the farm bill process completed is a tremendous relief for all farmers,” said Indiana Soybean Alliance board member Anngie Steinbarger, who is a farmer from Shelby County, Ind. “Now we know the details of many of the programs. Having this policy in place provides Indiana growers with a necessary sense of stability that helps before talking to bankers or buying seed.”

 

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 communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or Indiana corn checkoff dollars.