Agribusiness and family farmers are the lifeblood of our communities, providing food, long-term employment, new energy sources, and research and development opportunities. Yet, like other businesses, farmers face burdensome federal regulations, an overly complex tax code, export restrictions and even overzealous animal rights activists. I’m proud to have been named a Friend of Farm Bureau in recognition of my support for policies that foster a positive environment for agriculture and rural communities.
In Congress, I will continue to work to streamline the tax and regulatory structure, encourage development of export markets and ensure agriculture has the support it needs to be successful. As Congress considers the next Farm Bill, I will work to ensure the bill provides much needed certainty for Indiana’s farming communities and to the 16 million Americans whose livelihoods depend directly on agriculture.
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LAPEL — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have started gathering input from around the nation as they work on the 2018 reauthorization of the farm bill.
Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., was among them as she met with approximately 50 area farmers on the farm of Andy Bracken on Wednesday.
Brooks, who represents the 5th District that includes Madison County, said Rep. Mike Conway, R-Texas, the chairman of the Agriculture Committee, is working to protect crop insurance in the 2018 bill.
Indiana Farm Bureau will be presenting Representative Susan Brooks with a Friend of Farm Bureau award at Evermilk Logistics, an agribusiness in Anderson focused on milk product transportation.
Friend of Farm Bureau awards are presented to federal lawmakers who have demonstrated support for policies that foster a positive climate for agriculture and rural communities.
Receiving that award is separate from receiving an endorsement from the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT PAC.
The award will be presented Oct. 7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Anderson.
GREENTOWN, Ind. — Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana’s 5th district, and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann talked with farmers and addressed their concerns at a Shop Talk hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association.
Howard County farmer Dennis Maple hosted the talk at the county fairgrounds. There have been a series of talks around the state with farmers and members of the Indiana congressional delegation.
Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Farm Bill: