INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier farmers, it’s time to huddle up! The Ag Policy Summit, presented by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at the Indianapolis Colts Football Practice Facility, 7001 W. 56th St., Indianapolis.
“The stakes have never been higher for Hoosier farmers than they are today. Farmers were already experiencing a blitz of challenges with trade disruptions, reduced livestock demand due to African swine fever and EPA refinery waivers that have severely diminished ethanol demand,” said ICGA President Sarah Delbecq.
“Now, Mother Nature has seen fit to ‘sack the quarterback’ before we’ve even had a chance to call a play for this year’s farming season. The unprecedented wet weather that delayed, reduced and prevented planting has been a game changer — and not in a good way.”
“Indiana sits right at ground zero in terms of being hardest hit by this spring’s weather phenomenon,” said Phil Ramsey, chairman of the ISA Membership and Policy Committee.
“Even economists, grain marketers and U.S. Department of Agriculture experts haven’t been able to get a handle on the true gravity of the situation. But we do know Hoosier farmers need a ‘Hail Mary.’ And policymakers need to help carry the ball for Hoosier farmers.”
The Ag Policy Summit will offer farmers and stakeholders a chance to play offense on ag issues most impacting the Indiana corn ag industry.
Attendees will hear from U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, with an update from Washington, D.C.; Indiana Director of Broadband Opportunities Scott Rudd with a discussion on plans for the expansion of rural broadband in Indiana; and farm humorist Damian Mason, sponsored by Bayer, who will convert extra points with provoking insights.
No scalpers here! Entry is free thanks to generous sponsors Bane-Welker, Bayer, Co-Alliance; FMC, Farm Credit Mid-America, NineStar and Syngenta.