INDIANAPOLIS — To help make sure agriculture in Indiana
stays in the forefront among other states’ farm industries, Gov. Mike Pence
recently signed two bills into law.
House Enrolled Act 1068 provides that certain exemptions to
the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act apply to the
operation of commercial motor vehicles relating to agriculture, while House
Enrolled Act 1481 authorizes the Indiana Department of Transportation or a local
authority to grant permits for transporting overweight divisible loads.
Mike Pence noted that the signing of the bills makes it
possible for Hoosier producers to move their product around the state without
the added burden of worrying about regulations.
The signing also puts Indiana in compliance with federal
legislation that was adopted in 2012.
Since his first day in office, Pence stressed, job creation
has been job No. 1 for his administration — in the city and on the farm.
Both pieces of legislation are an important step in making
new jobs a reality for the agriculture community in Indiana, he said.
On hand at the signing was Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana
State Department of Agriculture Director Gina Sheets, legislators and several
youth representing the Indiana FFA organization.
During the ceremony, Pence gave special recognition to
Indiana FFA President Cameron Mann, the rest of her teammates and other young
agricultural leaders for being an enormous source of pride for the state and for
still being able to represent not only FFA, but agriculture, in general, after
the loss they experienced.
Earlier in the year, three South Ripley FFA members were
killed in an auto accident.
“We’re so proud of FFA in Indiana,” the governor
He added that while the youth organization suffered a very
grievous loss this year, his administration is going to do whatever it can to
make sure FFA is “center stage” and able to reach the Hoosier community.