Issue: Agriculture

Walorski Outlines Farm Bill Priorities

Walorski Outlines Farm Bill Priorities

Shares Priorities with Ag Chairman Based on Feedback from Hoosier Farmers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today sent House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway a letter outlining priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. Walorski served on the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, chairing the Nutrition Subcommittee.

Based on feedback from Hoosier farmers across Indiana’s 2nd District, Congresswoman Walorski urged Chairman Conaway to protect crop insurance, reduce and eliminate regulatory hurdles, promote U.S. agriculture exports, support voluntary conservation efforts, prepare for disease outbreaks, fix flaws in critical agriculture programs, support research and innovation, and invest in rural broadband.

Walorski also expressed strong support for maintaining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the Farm Bill and working toward improvements based on the findings of the comprehensive review the Agriculture Committee and Nutrition Subcommittee conducted in the last Congress.

The full text of the letter is below.

November 30, 2017

The Honorable K. Michael Conaway
Chairman
House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Conaway,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to let you know the priorities for Indiana’s 2nd District as you begin your work on the 2018 Farm Bill. It was an honor to serve with you on the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, and your effort to reach out to Members is yet another demonstration of your commitment to a fair, open, and thorough process.

The 2nd District has a very diverse agricultural makeup that includes corn, soybeans, beef, dairy, poultry, eggs, tomatoes, lumber, spearmint, and much more. The following priorities, listed in no particular order, are based on feedback I received from farmers in my district on the vast array of issues they face and their priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill.

  1. Protect Crop Insurance: This crucial backstop for farmers and ranchers should not suffer any further cuts.
  2. Reduce and Eliminate Regulatory Hurdles: Agencies should rely on the best available science in their decisions and be more intentional about consulting with farmers and ranchers on the impact of proposed and existing rules. The runaway regulatory regime of the Obama administration put great burdens on farmers and ranchers – unnecessary and duplicative rules should be eliminated to the greatest extent possible.
  3. Promote U.S. Agriculture Exports: The U.S. trade surplus in agriculture is due in part to programs like the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, which help farmers and ranchers access new foreign markets. Exports are as important as ever at a time of low commodity prices and falling farm incomes.
  4. Support Voluntary Conservation Efforts: My home state of Indiana is a national leader in voluntary conservation programs, and any additional funding flexibility will allow the Hoosier state to continue to innovate and lead with tailored solutions to local issues.
  5. Prepare for Disease Outbreaks: The 2014-2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) ravaged the poultry and egg industries and served as a reminder of the devastating consequences a disease outbreak, but HPAI isn’t the only threat – a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak could be similarly devastating. We must continue to invest in and improve research, preparedness, mitigation, detection, and response to HPAI, FMD, and other diseases.
  6. Fix the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and ARC-PLC: Farmers in my district have voiced strong concerns that the Margin Protection Program (MPP), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program are not working as intended. While the reasons for the failures and solutions vary, a strong and reliable safety net is needed, and these programs must be more effective.
  7. Ensure a Strong Research Title: USDA research is vital to growing crops more efficiently and effectively, protecting animals and crops against diseases, improving environmental stewardship, discovering new production practices, and studying the way Americans consume our agricultural products.
  8. Invest in Rural Broadband: Our lives are becoming increasingly digital, and farm operations are no different. Unfortunately, internet speeds in rural America greatly lag behind urban and suburban areas. Further investment in rural broadband initiatives can help bridge this gap.

Finally, I want to make a special note on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As you know well, we worked together very closely to comprehensively examine this program in the 114th Congress when I chaired the Nutrition Subcommittee. Dozens of hearings have shown that SNAP is a crucial part of the safety net, that the program works, and that there are improvements that can be made. First and foremost, the Nutrition Title must remain a part of the Farm Bill so that we can make these improvements based on the thorough hearing process. When it comes to SNAP, I also hope that the Farm Bill will:

  1. Allow more innovation and local solutions with strong and impartial follow-up studies;
  2. Facilitate sharing of best practices among states;
  3. Tighten program integrity to increase confidence in state error rate measurements;
  4. Help recipients bridge out of the safety net and into a job; and
  5. Encourage recipient access to healthy food using incentives rather than harsh limitations.

Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for your leadership and for giving me the opportunity to share what the hardworking Hoosier farmers in my district view as priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill. Should additional issues arise, I will make sure to reach out to you to make you aware. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck as this process begins.

Sincerely,

JACKIE WALORSKI
Member of Congress

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

###

Walorski Discusses Tax Reform with Hoosier Farmers

Walorski Discusses Tax Reform with Hoosier Farmers

Joins 2nd District Farmers for Update on Pro-Growth Tax Reform, Regulatory Relief, Farm Bill

KEWANNA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today met with Hoosier farmers to share an update on tax reform and discuss their priorities for a tax code overhaul and the upcoming farm bill.

“Hoosier farmers are the backbone of our economy, and tax reform is critical to making sure they can stay competitive in the global economy and continue investing in future growth,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to hear directly from our local farmers about the challenges they face and how we can work together to help family farms thrive.”

The meeting, which took place at the Kewanna farm of Fulton County Farm Bureau president Joe Rude, included more than two dozen Indiana Farm Bureau members from across the 2nd District. Congresswoman Walorski and the farmers discussed a wide range of topics, including tax reform, regulatory relief, and the 2018 Farm Bill.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Walorski is working with her colleagues and the Trump administration on comprehensive legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code for the first time in 31 years.

Additional photos from today’s Indiana Farm Bureau meeting are available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

###

Walorski Statement on Indiana Global Business Center Announcement from Planned Dow, Dupont Merger

MISHAWAKA, IND. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after news that DowDupont will located its Global Business Center in Indiana:

“Indiana’s agriculture industry continues to lead the nation in innovation and ingenuity,” Walorski said. “With a Global Business Center in Indiana, it will only further our progress and development of Hoosier farmers as they continue to make advancements in our industry in partnership with DowDupont.”

Yesterday, DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDupont into three independent, publicly traded companies. The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware, and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Indianapolis and Johnston, Iowa, will also serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Votes to Support Easing Nutrition Labeling for Restaurants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, today issued the following statement after supporting legislation to ease nutrition labeling requirements for restaurants and stores originally imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The menu labeling regulations released by the FDA are impractical and unnecessarily expensive,” Walorski said. “Forcing our hardworking businesses to spend money and countless hours adhering to the complicated rules is the biggest misuse of their time. Instead, they should be focused on creating jobs and strengthening our economy – not on paperwork. This commonsense legislation will simplify the overcomplicated rules mandated by yet another federal government agency that has run amok.”

H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, would limit FDA regulations requiring restaurants with twenty or more locations to display calorie counts and nutrition information. It would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue new rules to allow a food establishment to post nutritional information exclusively on its website if the majority of its orders are placed online, and aims to protect establishments from being sued for human error.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 266-144 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Meets Notre Dame Grad, Professional Basketball Player, Ruth Riley

Riley Testified Before Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), chairwoman of the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, today met with former University of Notre Dame basketball player Ruth Riley before Riley testified before Walorski’s subcommittee hearing, “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Breaking the Cycle”.

Riley played for the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the 2001 National Championship Women’s Team, won an WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock, and also won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team. She has used her platform as a professional basketball player to serve as an ambassador for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization committed to ending childhood hunger, as part of their No Kid Hungry campaign. Riley used her personal history as a child raised in a single-parent household that relied on food stamps and free-and-reduced lunches and community service experience to testify at the hearing.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Announces G.R.O.W. Tour

MISHAWAKA, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced details for her upcoming Get Regulation Out of The Way (GROW) tour where she will travel the Second Congressional District to hear how federal regulations have impacted farmers, business owners, and manufacturers.

According to the American Action Forum, the Obama administration has issued over 500 major federal regulations costing taxpayers, including small business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy.

Last week, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Wednesday, August 12

Elkhart County

9 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Superior Oil

Media are welcome to attend

1030 All Pro Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514

St. Joseph County

10:35 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Plastic Solutions, Inc.

Media are welcome to attend

3615 Voorde Drive, South Bend, IN 46628

Marshall County

12:25 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Nishikawaka Standard Co LLC (NISCO aka Cooper Standard)
Media are welcome to attend

501 High Road, Bremen, IN 46506

Pulaski County

2:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour U.S. Aggregates, Inc.
Media are welcome to attend

14530 W 700 S, Francesville, IN 47946

Starke County

4:45 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Hoosier Custom Plastics

Media are welcome to attend

201 Hamilton Drive, Knox, IN 46534

LaPorte County

6:35 p.m. ET – Walorski speak to members of the Indiana Corn and Soybean Alliance

Media are welcome to attend

5702 E 100 S, Mill Creek, IN 46365

Thursday, August 13

Kosciusko County

9:00 a.m. ET – Walorski visit Shatto Ditch

Media are welcome to attend

Approximately 1515 South State Rd 19, Mentone, IN 46539

Wabash County

10:45 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Bulldog Battery

Media are welcome to attend

98 E Canal St, Wabash, IN 46992

Miami County

12:40 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Savage Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1137 West Birmingham Road, Macy, IN 46951

Fulton County

1:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Harsh Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1840 South 875 East, Akron, IN 46910

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Stops at Savage Farms in Miami County

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Macy

Macy, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Miami County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Savage Farms, Walorski toured the farm to learn about various environmental issues including water run-off to various parts of the farms and how that is regulated by federal agencies.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Agriculture is a significant driver of Indiana’s economy and in many rural counties, like Miami, agriculture is the primary economic activity,” Walorski said. “Unfortunately, burdensome regulations are going to take our farmers out of the fields and require them to spend precious time and resources complying with trivial rules. I’m committed to genuine regulatory reform and will continue to work with my House colleagues to ensure our economy is free to grow by ending job-killing regulations, delivering commonsense solutions to scale back the bureaucracy, and reducing the power and interference of federal bureaucrats.”

Founded in 1956, Savage Farms is a small dairy farm in Macy, Indiana.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at U.S. Aggregates, Inc. in Pulaski County

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Francesville

Francesville, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Pulaski County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at U.S. Aggregates, Inc., Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Pulaski County businesses employ over 3,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like NISCO to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Plastic Solutions, Inc. for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

For over 50 years, U.S. Aggregates, Inc. has been providing high-quality products to the construction, asphalt, and ready-mix industries. Their success is attributed to their mission of providing quality, consistency, reliability, and value. In addition to providing exceptional products, the company also makes a great contribution to Indiana job creation, employing over 5,000 Hoosiers.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at Bulldog Battery in Wabash County

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Wabash

Wabash, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Wabash County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Bulldog Battery, Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Wabash County businesses employ over 14,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing manufacturers to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Bulldog Battery for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

For over 30 years, Bulldog Battery has been manufacturing high-quality industrial batteries for use in electric fork lifts, order pickers, pallet jacks, etc. They attribute their growth to their production of a high-quality product, their low overhead expenses and their aggressive approach to the industrial battery market.

“The constant regulations are both unfair and inefficient,” said Bulldog Battery President Norman Benjamin. “Compliance with governmental rules is a costly and time-consuming burden and we appreciate Rep. Walorski taking time to hear from our employees how this affects our business and thank her for all that she does to fight on our behalf in Congress.”

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at Plastic Solutions in St. Joseph County

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in St. Joseph County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Plastic Solutions, Inc., Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“St. Joseph County businesses employ over 100,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like Plastic Solutions, Inc. to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Plastic Solutions, Inc. for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

Since 1991, Plastic Solutions, Inc. has been making high-quality plastic parts, predominately serving the automotive industry but also makes parts for industrial and consumer use. The equipment in their 90,000 square-foot facility utilizes computer controlled processing to continually provide the highest quality of parts.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Get News & Updates