Shop talk with Rep. Greg Pence

Phil Ramsey (left) speaks with U.S. Rep. Greg Pence at his farm in Shelbyville, Indiana. Farmers discussed ag policy topics, such as tariffs, at the event.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — U.S. Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, visited with farmers during a shop talk Aug. 21.

He discussed ag policy issues ranging from trade to ethanol at the Ramsey family farm in Shelbyville.

Pence, older brother of Vice President Mike Pence, began his term in January.

“The purpose of the shop talk is, from my perspective, to come and hear from the farmers in this area and in my district what’s important to them,” Pence said.

“So, we talked about the tariffs, we talked about ethanol, we talked about the border, immigration — all the things everyone is talking about everywhere.”

Shop talk with Rep. Greg Pence

Cindy and Phil Ramsey (from left) have a conversation with U.S. Rep. Greg Pence on Aug. 21.

Pence believes that the Trump administration has been friendly to farmers.

“On Jan. 17, 2017, the president said that he would take care of farmers and manufacturers,” Pence said.

“Up to this point, I think they’ve (farmers) stuck with him and felt he’s done that. My glass is half full when it comes to the president and vice president in the administration and their support for farmers.”

When asked what value the agriculture industry brings to Indiana, he said jobs were at the forefront.

“I grew up in Columbus, Indiana, — that’s very much a manufacturing and agricultural community,” he said. “I love farmers. I think they are sophisticated, they’re smart, they adapt to circumstances. I just want to help them continue to do that.”

The event was sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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