Indiana Farm Bureau discusses legislative successes

The Indiana legislative session has wrapped up and several of Indiana Farm Bureau’s priorities were passed into law.

Justin Schneider, director of state government relations, says they were pleased the Indiana General Assembly acted on many agricultural issues.

“We’re very pleased that the General Assembly looked at the challenges that are there for agriculture and rural areas and provided real solutions to some of those problems,” he says. “Our membership was heavily involved coming to the statehouse and really carried the message well.”

One of the achievements from the legislative session was the legalization of hemp.

Schneider says the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill made way for hemp legislation in Indiana.

“With the passage of the farm bill we felt really hopeful that we would get a bill done,” he says. “I will say it wasn’t easy to get to the final version of the bill, but I think from the standpoint of hemp production we’re going to be well on our way in Indiana.”

Schneider says although he doesn’t think hemp will replace corn or soybeans, there is an untapped market for potential end uses with feed and fiber.

Another achievement included reducing extraterritorial jurisdiction.

“Now we don’t have this risk of dual regulation, we also don’t have individuals who are being regulated by people they can’t vote for,” he says. “It really establishes county government as the prime overseeing body for activities that occur outside of that municipal jurisdiction.”

Follow along for more on the 2019 legislative session.

Audio: Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau

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