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Agriculture, economy up for debate between lieutenant governor candidates

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Agricultural and rural issues took center stage at the Indiana State Fair Tuesday afternoon as the two candidates for lieutenant governor participated in a fairly friendly debate. Nearly two hundred people were in attendance for what may be the only lieutenant governor debate between Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, and […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Farm-to-fork movement sees new regulations

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.   INDIANAPOLIS — The demand for locally grown and produced foods comes as no surprise to people like Kary Hacker.  With four chickens in her Indianapolis backyard, Hacker […]

Study committee takes a look at Indiana immigration laws

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Study committee takes a look at Indiana immigration laws

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate study committee Tuesday started their six-month long look into the impact of costs and benefits of immigration to Indiana. “We not only have a right to know who is in our country, and for what purpose, we have a duty to know, to protect ourselves, our families […]

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Farmers to receive property tax relief

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Tractors parked outside the Statehouse Friday as farmers joined the governor for a ceremonial signing of bills designed to help Indiana’s agricultural economy. The governor’s office said Senate Bill 238 will help make local soil and water conservation districts more impactful when it comes to watersheds and areas of conservation. SB 308 […]

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Bacon for life means lots of sizzle, plenty of calories and fat

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Six weeks after the Hoosier Lottery’s “Bringing Home The Bacon” scented, scratch-off ticket launched, no one has won the grand prize – a 20-year supply of bacon. There are four instant winners yet to claim their bacon – and a second chance supply up for grabs as well. So […]

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Program to promote Indiana ag products get officially underway

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials on Tuesday launched the Indiana Grown initiative, a program to promote Hoosier agricultural products that’s been under development and in limited use since the General Assembly authorized it last year. The program is meant to make it easier for Hoosiers to find and purchase products grown, produced and […]

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New law: Indiana to add farm commodities and news service pilot program

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A farm commodities and news service pilot program will provide necessary information to Hoosier farmers about selling prices for their products, starting July 1. “It’s an information program. It just needs to be done,” said Indiana farmer Carolyn Orr. “It is providing the market information to growers that they need.” […]

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Got a cool farm photo? Submit it to state contest.

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting submissions for its seventh annual photo contest. Open to the general public, participants are encouraged to submit up to five photos from a wide array of agriculture. Photos can be entered under several categories: Conservation, agri-tourism, faces of agriculture and on […]

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Video & story: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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