Farmer-soldiers continue work in Afghanistan County programs with ‘Impact’ Page 3 Pages 4,5 Inside: News in Brief................ 2 AFBF News................... 3 Around IFB............... 6, 7 Around Indiana............ 8 The Hoosier Farmer ® A Publication for Voting Members of Indiana Farm Bureau January 29, 2013 Issue No. 34 AFBF delegates support expanding crop insurance —By Kathleen M. Dutro IFB Public Relations Team & the AFBF PR Team Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock discusses the effect of Internet sales taxes on local businesses during the annual AFBF delegate debate. Photo by Kathleen M. Dutro Voting delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th annual meeting expressed support for a reform-minded farm bill that includes a strong, flexible crop insurance program offering risk management protection for grain, forage, tobacco and specialty crops as well peanuts and rice. Delegates also said AFBF should work for programs that provide emergency assistance for livestock and tree producers not covered by federal crop insurance programs. “We support the availability of crop yield and revenue insurance for all producers of all crops, livestock and poultry in the country,” the policy now states. “New risk management programs should be developed to supplement or be an alternative to current crop insurance programs.” At the delegate session, which occurred on Jan. 15, the final day of the threeday convention, 362 voting delegates representing every crop and livestock sector in the 50 states and Puerto Rico deliberated on policies affecting farmers’ and ranchers’ productivity and profitability. The policies approved at the annual meeting will guide the nation’s largest general farm organization in its legislative and regulatory efforts throughout 2013. Dairy policy was another topic discussed at length. Delegates asked the AFBF board of directors to appoint a task force to consider regional differences within the dairy industry and the need for a strong risk management system. That task force will then make policy recommendations back to the board for further action and consideration. Several policies that originated with or had been strongly supported by Indiana Farm Bureau’s delegate body were inserted into the new policy. Among these: • Support for allowing the collection of sales taxes on Internet sales by outof-state sellers. Delegates expressed concern about the advantage that Internet retail sellers have over local merchants because most customers don’t pay taxes on Internet sales, and they also noted that states lose revenue from such sales. • Changing the calculation of crop insurance T-yields to reduce the effect of disaster years on those yields. The language now proposes eliminating the years in which an area was under a disaster declaration or at minimum using an Olympic average. More details on the new policy can be found on the AFBF website, www.fb.org. PARP sessions, other workshops available during Spring Conference —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its annual legislative kickoff meeting on Jan. 8, and the meeting featured a luncheon that was attended by 95 of the state’s 150 legislators – an exceptionally high percentage. Among those in attendance was Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who also serves as the state’s secretary of agriculture and rural development. Among the legislators was Rep. Tim Brown (shown at left), R-Crawfordsville, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. With him is Kevin Underwood, director of IFB District 3. Photo by Kathleen M. Dutro Indiana Farm Bureau P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Huntington, IN Permit NO. 832 Hands-on workshops figure prominently into the first day of the 2013 Spring Conference agenda. Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs, is offering sessions approved for Private Applicator Recertification Program credits during Spring Conference. “The Tractor Hitch Pin: A Critical Component in Implement Control” will take place at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and “Measuring Herbicides: An Often Overlooked Step in the Application Process” will take place at 4:30 p.m. that day. To receive PARP credit, participants must attend both sessions. Bring your private applicator card, a photo ID and $10. To sign up, register for Spring Conference at www. infarmbureau.org/springconf and choose the appropriate sessions when prompted. Also offered during the pre-conference workshops on March 8: • At 2:45 p.m., Jolene Brown will present “If We Huff and Puff, Will We Blow Your House Down?” Brown’s workshop explores how to create a strong family business by understanding the influencing factors and work styles of different generations. • At 4:30 p.m., attorney Wayne Walston will present the legal side of estate planning, including the eight most common mistakes, eight myths of Medicaid, planning with trust and an overview of a littleknown and under-used program: veterans benefits. 2013 SPRING CONFERENCE • Also at 4:30 p.m., Michelle Mayer, Indiana Attorney General’s Office director of outreach services, will share “Protect Yourself from Scams and ID Theft.” Mayer will cover the most common scams and ways to make sure you don’t become a victim. For more information on these workshops and the rest of Spring Conference, visit www.infarmbureau.org/ springconf. Spring Conference runs March 8-9 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.