Huntington County Farm Bureau members meet with Sen. Zay

Members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau meet with Sen. Andy Zay (left) at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues impacting Indiana’s farmers.
Members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau meet with Sen. Andy Zay (left) at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues impacting Indiana’s farmers. Photo provided.

Huntington County Farm Bureau members met with Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues of current importance to Indiana’s farmers. Farm Bureau members explained how various pieces of legislation could affect their production agriculture and agri-business operations.

INFB’s 2018 legislative priorities, as determined by its members across the state, are:

• Protect livestock farmers and their operations.

• Maintain local control and flexibility.

• Enhance Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) oversight.

• Strengthen rural quality of life.

• Eliminate food deserts.

• Extend rural broadband to the last mile.

• Limit annexation.

• Consistently limit waivers.

• Eliminate economic development loopholes.

• Ensure assessment uniformity.

• Apply assessment definitions and rules consistently to real and personal property.

• Provide strictly confidential tax audits.

“Property taxes and annexation are issues that are always top of mind in the agricultural community,” said Katrina Hall, INFB director of public policy. “We also are still focused on improving the quality of life for our members in rural areas of the state. That means finding a financing framework to bring broadband Internet access at a reasonable price to rural communities and working to eliminate food deserts.”

Huntington County Farm Bureau members discussed many of these priorities with Zay. Each year, members with a professional connection to a proposed or prioritized piece of legislation volunteer to attend the Statehouse meeting.