INDIANAPOLIS — Members of Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Policy
Committee visited Washington, D.C., recently to meet with Indiana’s
congressional delegation about issues important to Indiana soybean
“Sending farmers to Washington, D.C., is valuable because it
gives our elected officials a chance to hear the grassroots concerns for
policies that impact soybean farmers,” said Levi Huffman, chair of ISA policy
committee and a farmer from Lafayette.
“Farmers should engage with their legislators and explain
how national issues impact Indiana farms, and this is the motivation for the ISA
policy committee trip to Washington, D.C.”
Joining Huffman on the visit were Indiana farmers Alan
Kemper of Lafayette, Joe Steinkamp of Evansville, David Lowe of Dunkirk, Jim
Schriver of Bluffton and Don Wyss of Ossian.
While in Washington, the group visited with a number of
House offices, including personal meetings with Hoosier Sens. Joe Donnelly and
Dan Coats and Reps. Todd Young, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. They also met with
the staffs of Reps. Susan Brooks, Marlin Stutzman and Larry Bucshon.
“Our senators and representatives are working to the best of
their ability to serve us. But the only way for them to effectively work for us
is for them to know what we need,” said Steinkamp, who also serves on the
American Soybean Association board.
During their time in Washington, committee members met with
representatives to encourage action on the passage of Trade Promotion Authority
and support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, thank them for the passage of the
Water Resources Reform Development Act and encourage the signing of legislation
to establish standard federal labeling of biotech foods.
ISA directors also attended the ASA meeting to discuss
national legislative and regulatory priorities, which include trade expansion,
biotech regulation, aquaculture and biodiesel demand.
This trip was sponsored through Indiana Soybean Alliance’s
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