Indiana Farm Bureau discusses legislative priorities

Indiana Farm Bureau’s 2019 legislative priorities include reducing extraterritorial authority, increasing rural school funding, expanding broadband deployment, and improving uniformity in property tax assessments.

Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron says cities and towns in Indiana should not be able to regulate outside of their jurisdiction.

“We want to make sure what impact that has or kind of limit (extraterritorial authority) so Indiana agriculture can do what we do best,” he says.

Katrina Hall, the director of public policy, says because it is a budget session, Indiana Farm Bureau has several funding priorities.

“Some of those will focus on things we are hoping to have funded from the budget which would include a new swine barn at the state fair, a new vet school at Purdue University,” She says. “We also want additional funding for rural schools as well as to make sure there is funding for CTE, which is Career and Technical Education.”

She says other priorities include fairness in property tax assessments because there is a lack of uniformity from one county to the next.

Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its legislative kickoff Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Audio: Randy Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau President

Audio: Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy

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