Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Congresswoman stops in all 10 counties for district-wide agriculture tour

MISHAWAKA, IN – In recognition of Indiana’s Agriculture Appreciation Month, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) traveled Indiana’s Second District for the “Hoosier Harvest Tour.” Joining roundtable discussions with local farmers and members of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Walorski learned important updates on relevant issues affecting producers in Northern Indiana.

“Our grassroots effort provided valuable insight about the current needs and concerns in Indiana’s agricultural industry,” said Walorski. “Our hard working Hoosiers work tirelessly to provide an abundant food supply and create jobs in our communities. Moving forward, Congress must do their part to strengthen agriculture to sustain family farms—keeping our economy strong.”

Last year, Congress failed to pass a 5-year Farm Bill, putting farmers at a disadvantage and projecting Washington uncertainty onto the agriculture industry. Indiana is home to over 60,000 farms, covering 14.5 million acres of land and accounting for 16 percent of the workforce—most commonly producing corn for grain and soybeans in the Second District. In the face of a horrific drought last summer, Hoosier farmers expressed the importance of federal support for critical programs and the need to repeal overly burdensome regulations.

“We appreciate Rep. Walorski organizing this tour, gaining valuable insight about our daily concerns,” said Brad Lawrence, Starke County Farm Bureau President. “Her grassroots effort to connect with local farmers and understand the tough issues will be invaluable as she works to represent us in Congress.”

Congresswoman Walorski stopped at family farms in all 10 counties of Indiana’s Second District over the course of two days—ranging from livestock to wheat farms. She also attended the Starke County Annual Farm Bureau meeting in Knox.

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