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Young Farmer Survey Page 3 Spring Conference Page 7 INSIDE: News in Brief.....................2 Young Farmers...................3 Around Farm Bureau.........6 Communications...............7 State & Nation...................8 The Hoosier Farmer ® A Publication for Voting Members of Indiana Farm Bureau APRIL 7, 2014 Issue No. 51 New farm bill includes disaster assistance for livestock producers —By Kathleen M. Dutro Public Relations Team Among the changes made to the federal farm program by the 2014 farm bill are two programs of particular interest to livestock and forage producers: the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Payments. The 2014 bill makes both programs permanent, and it provides retroactive authority to cover eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. Sign-up begins on or before April 15, 2014, at any local Farm Service Agency service center. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (or LFP) provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought. LFP payments for drought are equal to 60 percent of the monthly feed cost for up to five months. The grazing losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011. Additional details on the types of information required for an application will be provided as part of the sign-up announcement. An eligible livestock producer is one who owns or leases grazing land or pastureland physically located in a county rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as having Indiana Farm Bureau P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206 experienced a sufficient degree of drought. The length of the drought period that qualifies a producer for assistance varies depending on the severity of the drought from D2 through D4. Consult your local FSA office or the drought monitor website for details. For example, at least 78 Indiana counties qualify for some forage assistance due to the drought of 2012, according to the website. Others could qualify for other periods. Counties eligible for LFP assistance can be found at The Livestock Indemnity Payments (or LIP) program provides covers eligible livestock losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators. LIP payments are equal to 75 percent of the market value of the applicable livestock on the day before the date of death of the livestock as determined by the secretary. Sign-up will begin on or before April 15, 2014, at any FSA service center. Additional details on the types of information required for an application will be provided as part of the sign-up announcement. Eligible livestock include beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses and IFB sponsored three meetings across the state March 27 and 28 to help acquaint members, other farmers and media with some of the provisions of the 2014 farm bill. Shown is the central Indiana meeting, held in the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The two main speakers were John Anderson, deputy chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation (shown above), and AFBF economist Matt Erickson. Photo by Rachel Schrage other livestock as determined by the secretary of agriculture. For information on the required documentation, talk to your local FSA office or visit the FSA website, fsa. Grassroots action, cooperation with ag partners result in legislative success for IFB —From the IFB Public Policy Team In spite of major legislative initiatives undertaken this session, the 2014 session of the General Assembly ended one day early with very high levels of success for farmers across the state. The legislative package that passed for agriculture is evidence that the members of Indiana Farm Bureau were heard loud and strong. The actual number of bills impacting agriculture passing this session was the highest in recent memory. This alone is a sign of the hard work of members and Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Berne, IN Permit NO. 43 lobbyists who delivered the IFB policy message and the growing clout of agriculture in the General Assembly. “We are grateful for the legislature’s support of agriculture again this session and of the dedicated efforts of our members,” said IFB President Don Villwock. “IFB’s legislative success depended on concerted efforts with commodity partners and other allies like the Association of Indiana Counties,” he added. The most critical win for farmland owners was the third delay of the soil productivity factors proposed by the Department of Local Government Finance back in February 2012. A seat for agriculture on the tax commission contained in the personal property tax legislation of SEA 1was prioritized by IFB and offers a platform for input into future tax reforms. Working tirelessly with commodity partners yielded another big win for agriculture in the ag trespass language of SEA 101. The heightened penalties in SEA 101 for trespassing on an ag operation when coupled with damage provide a real disincentive. Eliminating the need to post signs to prevent trespassing is a very practical victory for Indiana farmers. SEA 186 protects farming in the future by expanding the statutory vision for agriculture in the ISDA statute and expressing a priority for farmers’ rights to choose their practices. The list of victories is long and progress was made in many other areas, including levees, CAFO permitting, child labor, water resources, diversified agriculture and a tax incentive for preserving barns built before 1950. Ag- riculture’s youth were front and center in SEA 114 (Sen. Leising, R-Oldenburg and Rep. Cherry, R-Greenfield) by providing up to five days of excused absence from school while exhibiting at the State Fair. “I am so proud of the involvement of our members and the team effort we had at the Statehouse this year. While we can enjoy the success achieved in this year’s session, there is always more work to be done,” said Katrina Hall, director of state government relations. “Our policy process in the coming months will reveal IFB priorities, but we know that farmland taxes, annexation, water resources and government reform will be on the list.” For more on the 2014 session of the General Assembly, see pages 4 and 5

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