INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-2nd Dist.) and two of her staff, District Director Zach Potts and Communications Director Emma Thomson, died in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon near Nappanee, Ind. The Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council worked closely with Rep. Walorski and her staff on many issues and is saddened by their deaths.
The following is a statement from Courtney Kingery, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association:
“We are simply heartbroken to hear about Rep. Walorski’s sudden and tragic passing and that of her staff, District Director Zach Potts and Communications Director Emma Thomson. We send our deepest condolences to Rep. Walorski’s husband, Dean, the families of Mr. Potts and Ms. Thomson, and her staff.
“This is a terrible loss and shock for Indiana. We were together today at the grand opening of Louis Dreyfus Company’s new soy liquid lecithin plant in Claypool, Ind. – a perfect example of how she was a champion for the farmers and the agricultural businesses in her district. Rep. Walorski advocated for Indiana farmers frequently, and in 2019 we presented her with our Friend of Farmer award. She will be remembered as a dedicated leader who helped Indiana’s farmers achieve the highest value for their crops.
Rep. Walorski, Mr. Potts and Ms. Thomson will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved in the accident today.”
About Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee: The ISA Membership and Policy Committee works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the advocacy and promotion of state and federal policies. ISA Membership and Policy Committee is led by members of the Indiana Soybean Alliance farmer board who are charged with directing advocacy efforts on behalf of more than 600 dues-paying members. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com
About Indiana Corn Growers Association: The Indiana Corn Growers Association works with state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers. The ICGA consists of nine farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of more than 800 members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana corn or soybean checkoff dollars.
–Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee
Indiana Corn Growers Association