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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 […]

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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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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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GO: Shilo Farms offers much more than typical head-to-tail trail rides

GO: Horseback riding at Shilo Farms in Southern Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com CANAAN, Ind. – “We want people to come here as strangers, and leave as friends.” That statement by Shilo Farms owner Rod Asher completely sums up our latest adventure as part of TheStatehouseFile.com’s summer series, “GO.” Horseback riding […]

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Commentary: Farms and the First Amendment

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Whenever the government tries to do anything that looks like it might tread into First Amendment territory, I tend to get a little concerned.  As someone who talks and writes for a living, that whole free speech concept is pretty important to me.  So my eyebrows arched a little when I […]