INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee (ISA M&P) presented its Friend of Farmer award to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02) during the organizations’ annual Ag Policy Summit on July 30 at the Indianapolis Colts practice facility.
“Farmers are at the heart of the American economy, and here in Indiana they play a vital role in making our communities strong, keeping families healthy, and helping Hoosiers succeed,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I’m honored to receive the Friend of Farmers Award and grateful to work alongside the ICGA and ISA to make sure our farmers are thriving. I look forward to continuing our work together to keep Hoosier agriculture going strong.”
The Indiana Ag Policy Summit marks a much-anticipated annual event that brings Hoosier farmers, allied industry, agriculture stakeholders and policymakers together to discuss issues critical to Indiana agriculture. Made possible by generous sponsorships from Bayer, Bane-Welker Equipment, Co-Alliance, Farm Credit MidAmerica, FMC, NineStar Connect, Syngenta, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Association, this year’s Summit drew a record crowd.
With trade disruptions, the spring planting weather disaster and other agriculture challenges looming, the information provided by speakers such as Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, Director of Broadband Scott Rudd, and, of course, Rep. Walorski resonated deeply with attendees.
ICGA and ISA M&P created the Friend of Farmer award nearly six years ago to honor elected officials each year at any level of government whose service to Indiana farmers has gone above and beyond in advancing the mission of their organizations. Corn and soybean farmers have only given the award twice since its inception. Previous winners include State Rep. Ed Soliday in 2017 for championing a comprehensive infrastructure legislation (HEA 1002) and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2016 for his work on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation.
“Last year, as trade tensions mounted and global relationships deteriorated, Congresswoman Walorski found a new issue to champion on our behalf, becoming an unwavering advocate on trade,” said ICGA President Sarah Delbecq, who farms near Auburn, Ind. “(Walorski has) attended hundreds of meetings off of Capitol Hill that have helped make her the go-to leader for all things agricultural trade in Congress. She has gone to bat time and time again in pursuit of an agreement with China that lessens the blow to Hoosier farmers.
“She’s demanded weekly updates on negotiations from the U.S. Trade Representative, fights tirelessly for tariff exclusions, and testifies regularly on trade impacts to agriculture. She’s authored legislation, lead countless letters, and fought with trade negotiators to ensure that agriculture be considered and emphasized in each and every new trade agreement.”
Walorski represents the second congressional district in Indiana, which includes the counties of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, Starke, St. Joseph and Wabash. First elected in 2012, Walorski presently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and she is part of a caucus promoting rural education.
“Congresswoman Jackie Walorski has a great deal of passion for our industry,” said ISA M&P Chair Phil Ramsey, who farms in Shelbyville, Ind. “(Walorski) is a dynamic leader who serves as a steadfast champion of our industry, our issues and our livelihoods. She is always ready to step up for our causes and is always in the know.”
ISA and ICGA’s next policy gathering, the Indiana Ag Policy Forum, will take place in November. Check our website for date and time at incorn.org.
— Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Indiana Soybean Alliance
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