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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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Farmers push to delay property tax hike – again

By Levi Lotz TheSatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Farmers would wait one more year to face higher property taxes based on the value of their soil under legislation a Senate committee approved Monday. Senate Bill 205 imposes another one-year delay on the implementation of soil productivity factors that could boost tax payments for farmers while lowering taxes […]

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Lawmaker wants more access to food in urban neighborhoods

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Central Indiana lawmaker wants to provide better access to healthy food to inner-city Hoosiers with legislation to promote urban farms, food-co-ops and farmer’s markets. “One of the biggest complaints I get when I go door-to-door is that there aren’t any grocery stores in urban neighborhoods anymore,” said Rep. […]

Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

By Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau During the current 113th Congress, several lawmakers have proposed reforms that broaden the tax base and lower tax rates by removing a combination of incentives or provisions currently used by individuals, businesses and organizations. On many occasions, legislators have indicated that no incentive or provision is safe. On the surface, […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers consider impact of disease on deer hunting, farming operations

Committee discusses what chronic wasting disease could do to Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers heard nearly five hours of testimony from more than 25 individuals Tuesday as part of a study to determine how Indiana should regulate deer farming and whether to legalize fenced hunting. The Interim […]

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55 honored for keeping farms in the family

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fifty-five families received designations as Hoosier Homesteads during a presentation Tuesday at the Indiana State Fair. To receive the designation, a farm must have stayed in the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products […]

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Video & story: First lady makes bees a focus of governor’s garden

Creating a buzz in Indianapolis from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an attempt to raise awareness about the decline in bee populations, first lady Karen Pence unveiled a new hive Tuesday that has been installed in the governor’s residence garden. “A little more than 83 percent of our state’s land […]

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