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Sonny Perdue talks about agriculture issues with Indiana farmers

By Abrahm Hurt and Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discussed a new farm bill with a gathering of Indiana farmers that focused on getting fair prices for their produce. Perdue joined Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and U.S. Sen. Todd Young in a roundtable discussion at the […]

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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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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 […]

Microbrews would be available at farmers market under bill

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Microbrews would be available at farmers market under bill

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana microbrewers are one step closer to selling their craft beer at local farmers’ markets after a bill passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 16 will allow Indiana microbrewers to sell their beer at farmers’ markets. Mark Webb, a lobbyist for the Brewers of Indiana Guild, said he […]

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Video & story: Glass barn offers visitors glimpse at modern farming

The Indiana State Fair debuts a new glass barn from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With its acutely angled roof panels and red awnings, the newest barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds looks nothing like the traditional outbuildings found on most farms – but that’s just what its creators intended. The […]

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Inheritance tax repeal reaches back to Jan. 1

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana small business owners say the repeal of the state inheritance tax will enable them to pass their businesses on to future generations. A new law that eliminates the tax will apply to all deaths that occur after December 31, 2012. “This is huge news for small business owners […]

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Hoosier foods featured at new pavilion

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair is often known for its sugary and greasy treats. Fair food like cotton candy, ice cream, burgers and anything deep-fried are popular for Hoosier fairgoers year after year. But just outside the rows of typical fair venders that line the streets lies the […]