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Up < 1% compared to 6 months ago. ^ŽƵƌĐĞͬ'ƌĂƉŚŝĐ͗ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ&ĂƌŵƵƌĞĂƵ&ĞĚĞƌĂƟŽŶΠŶĞǁƐƌŽŽŵ͘ĩ͘ŽƌŐ Volunteers Needed for Market Basket Survey Page 7 INSIDE: News in Brief.....................2 Rules & Regulations...........3 Around IFB........................6 Communications...............7 Around Indiana.................8 The Hoosier Farmer ® A Publication for Voting Members of Indiana Farm Bureau MAY 19, 2014 Issue No. 53 Farmers need to remember to tell their ‘tax story’ to lawmakers —By Katrina Hall State Government Relations Indiana Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation need farmers’ help in collecting photos that show how widespread the effect of the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Identifying information will not be used with the pictures. For more, see pages 4 and 5 of this issue of The Hoosier Farmer. Photo above by Marybeth Feutz; photo below by Kathleen M. Dutro It’s May in Indiana, and farmers are planting – and making that trip to the county courthouse to pay their property taxes on all the land, buildings and equipment that their business cannot operate without. Farming families know all too well about the “big check” they must write in May and November. Now is the time to tell others just how big those checks are. Before you file away those tax bills, make a note of the total real and total personal property tax you pay. How many acres does that cover? Do you know how much property tax your landlords pay? You are paying a part of those. Yes, it’s May in Indiana and farmers are in the field and putting into motion the business plans they have contemplated all winter. Planning for success considers the opportunities and obstacles you will face. Planning for success in the next legislative session is no different. Our legislative opportunity is telling legislators how concerned you are about reliance on prop- erty tax and how your bills are increasing when your residential and business neighbors’ bills are not increasing as much. Our obstacle is convincing legislators that property taxes for a farming operation are a problem. There won’t be much convincing without the members of Indiana Farm Bureau shaping that story. Relating how rapidly escalating property taxes impact you, your family and your farming operation is simply essential to legislative success. So get out that notepad, the old-fashioned pocket style or electronic device, and jot down just how property taxes are a big chunk off your bottom-line. We’ll be asking you to tell your stories very soon. If you missed the article last month’s Hoosier Farmer, it is important for farmers across the state to be paying attention to any chatter or official notice about a proposed annexation in their area. Please email me at with any details about annexations occurring near you. We have a lot of work to do with legislators this summer on taxes and annexation. Farm Bureau ELECT successful in the 2014 primary —By Kathleen M. Dutro Public Relations Team Farm Bureau ELECT (Indiana Farm Bureau’s political action committee) made endorsements this year in three congressional primaries and 12 Statehouse primary races, and the ELECT-endorsed candidate was successful in Indiana Farm Bureau P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206 all but four of those races. “We won in 73 percent of the races, which is pretty good for hotly contested primary races,” said Megan Ritter, IFB director of public policy, who coordinates ELECT activities. “Congratulations to the farmers and members in these districts who worked Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Berne, IN Permit NO. 43 hard to be involved in the primary last night and select the candidate that would support agriculture and Farm Bureau policies,” Ritter said. “Our staff and members put significant time into evaluating these races for agriculture and their work should be commended.” Here are the full results. • Rep. Susan Brooks, Congressional District 5 – won. • Rep. Larry Bucshon, Congressional District 8 – won. • Rep. Todd Young, Congressional District 9 – won. • Rick Niemeyer, Indiana Senate 6 – won. • Ken Fries, Indiana Senate 15 – lost. • R. Bruce Wissel, Indiana Senate 27 – lost. • Chip Perfect, Indiana Senate 43 – won. • Mark Messmer, Indiana Senate 48 – won. • Rebecca Kubacki, Indiana House 22 – lost. • Don Lehe, Indiana House 25 – won. • Jerry Torr, Indiana House 39 – won. • Adam Bujalski, Indiana House 48 – lost. • Milo Smith, Indiana House 59 – won. • Mike Braun, Indiana House 63 – won. • Casey Cox, Indiana House 85 – won. These endorsements were for the primary only. As of The Hoosier Farmer’s May 12 deadline, the ELECT Oversight Committee was scheduled to meet May 13 to begin the process for the general election. Counties will need to take action by July to be involved in the general election endorsement process. “We can feel good about our grassroots process and the relationships members built though the interview process,” Ritter said. “I know there were several other local races that members and staff were involved with and it would be great to share lessons learned and results as well,” she added.

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