Â 03/27/13 In recognition of Indianaâ€™s Agriculture Appreciation Month, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Bremen as part of the â€śHoosier Harvest Tour,â€ť a district-wide agriculture tour.Â During a visit to Marvin Houinâ€™s Farm, Congresswoman Walorski sat down with area farmers and members of the Indiana Farm Bureau to have a roundtable discussion about current agricultural issues affecting the region.
â€śAgriculture is a cornerstone of Indianaâ€™s economy, and understanding the concerns of Northern Indiana farmers is imperative to accurately representing their needs,â€ť said Walorski.Â â€śOur farmers deserve a comprehensive Farm Bill with an effective safety-net and relevant programs to ensure the agriculture business still produces a local abundance of affordable goodsâ€”keeping our economy strong for Hoosier families.â€ťÂ
Â Last year, Congress failed to pass a 5-year Farm Bill, putting farmers at a disadvantage and projecting Washington uncertainty onto the agriculture industry.Â Indiana is home to over 60,000 farms, covering 14.5 million acres of land and accounting for 16 percent of the workforceâ€”most commonly producing corn for grain and soybeans in the Second District.Â 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.
â€śIt’s a pleasure to see Rep. Walorski in Marshall County to take a first-hand look at our daily operations,â€ť said Marvin Houin of Bremen.Â â€śMoving forward, Hoosiers need elected officials to continue understanding our perspectives,Â so that Indiana farms can be passed on to the next generation.”
Congresswoman Walorski will visit family farms in all 10 counties of Indianaâ€™s Second District during the tourâ€”ranging from livestock to wheat farms.