The organization’s priorities for 2020 include:
- Expand health benefits available to Indiana agriculture.
- Limit referenda that burden landowners.
- Implement land-use planning that protects farms and farmland while promoting rural economic growth.
- Protect property rights and local control.
- Continue expansion of rural broadband.
- Improve assessment uniformity across the property tax base.
“This year, the General Assembly will be reviewing healthcare costs and at Farm Bureau we have been doing the same,” said Katrina Hall, INFB director of public policy.
“Our members are very concerned about the current cost of health care, so one of our biggest priorities for the year is to figure out how we can help lower their costs.
“As always, we also will remain focused on property rights, local control, the expansion of rural broadband and land use planning.”
The policy creation process begins with each countyFarm Bureau. All counties have the opportunity to make policy suggestions for the upcoming year.
Next, the recommendations are brought before a resolutions committee to be considered before they reach the INFB delegate session, which was held on Aug. 24.
After the delegate session, the INFB board of directors identified the key issues INFB members and staff will focus on at the Statehouse when the General Assembly reconvenes.
When the session begins in January, INFB members will re-visit with legislators to advocate for this year’s policy positions.