03/27/13 In recognition of Indiana’s Agriculture Appreciation Month, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Bremen as part of the “Hoosier Harvest Tour,” a district-wide agriculture tour. During a visit to Marvin Houin’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.
“Agriculture is a cornerstone of Indiana’s economy, and understanding the concerns of Northern Indiana farmers is imperative to accurately representing their needs,” said Walorski. “Our 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 goods—keeping our economy strong for Hoosier families.”
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.
“It’s a pleasure to see Rep. Walorski in Marshall County to take a first-hand look at our daily operations,” said Marvin Houin of Bremen. “Moving forward, Hoosiers need elected officials to continue understanding our perspectives, so that Indiana farms can be passed on to the next generation.”
Congresswoman Walorski will visit family farms in all 10 counties of Indiana’s Second District during the tour—ranging from livestock to wheat farms.