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Agriculture experts educate lawmakers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rebecca Schroeder made a two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Statehouse from her northeast Indiana home so her daughter can have a career in Indiana agriculture. “I want there to be opportunities for her in the future in Indiana so she doesn’t have to go to another state to follow her […]

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Senators look to fill USDA leadership roles

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s senators are accepting applications to fill two state-level leadership positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “These leadership positions are vital in supporting Hoosier farmers and communities across rural Indiana,” U.S. Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “We want to do our part to ensure Indiana remains a […]

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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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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Committee strips livestock regulation bill; replaces it with Purdue study

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A lawmaker has backed off legislation that would ban local governments from regulating livestock buildings and won support instead for a study of the issue. An amendment passed Monday by the Senate Agriculture Committee says that the Purdue Extension and the Purdue University College of Agriculture will study the […]

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Video & story: Committee postpones action on bill to limit local livestock rules

Bill could take control of farming structures from local government from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Communities across the state will have to wait a bit longer to see if they will continue to have the authority to restrict construction of livestock buildings, after the Senate Agriculture Committee postponed a vote […]

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