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INFB outlines 2018 legislative priorities

The director of state government relations with Indiana Farm Bureau says extending rural broadband to the last mile is a priority for the organization in the coming year.

Justin Schneider says having access to broadband is critical to a farmer’s way of life.

“We have high-tech tractors, combines, and planters, and yet farmers can’t download the data,” he says. “We need to be able to do that and farmers need to be able to market their products and purchase.”

He tells Brownfield investments need to be made.

“We have to figure out a mechanism that will help facilitate the investment in those sparsely populated areas, maybe with non-traditional partners- local government, REMCs, others who can help fill that void at the local level,” he says.

Other priorities outlined during a legislative kickoff session include protecting livestock farmers and their operations and limiting annexation.

The Indiana state legislative session runs through March 14.

Audio: Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau 

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