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The Hoosier Farmer


A Publication for Voting Members of Indiana Farm Bureau

July 22, 2013 Issue No. 41

Senate approves broad immigration reform bill —From the American Farm Bureau Federation The immigration reform bill passed by the Senate on June 27 includes a fair and workable farm labor provision that is welcomed by America’s farmers and ranchers and is supported by Farm Bureau. For farmers, the two most important parts of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) are a “Blue Card” program for current experienced farm workers and a new agricultural visa program to meet future labor needs. These provisions are intended to ensure producers can keep their experienced workers and will replace the current H-2A guest worker program with a more flexible program. Under the Blue Card program, experienced agricultural workers can obtain legal immigration status by satisfying criteria such as passing a background check, paying a fine and proving that applicable taxes have been paid. Blue Card workers would be required to continue to work in agriculture before having the opportunity to qualify for a green card. The new ag visa program would allow agricultural employers to hire guest workers either under contract or at will. Visa holders would be able to work in the U.S. under a three-year visa and work for any designated agricultural employer. The program would be administered by USDA. The current H-2A visa Indiana Farm Bureau P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206

program, which is supposed to allow citizens of other countries to enter the U.S. to do seasonal or temporary work, is in desperate need of reform for many reasons, not the least of which are that it is very difficult and often very time consuming to use. A national survey conducted by the National Council of Agricultural Employers showed that administrative delays resulted in workers arriving on the job an average of 22 days after the date of need, causing an economic loss of nearly $320 million in 2010 for farms that hired H-2A workers. The bill “also provides increased surveillance of highrisk areas along our borders,” AFBF President Stallman noted. “One of the best ways to improve border security is to create a legal, workable way for farm workers to enter our country,” Stallman said. “With less time and resources wasted locking up lettuce harvesters, the focus can shift to where it properly belongs – keeping those with criminal intentions out of our country.” Across the Capitol, the House Judiciary Committee has wrapped up work on a series of immigration reform bills. Individually marked-up and debated, they are expected to ultimately be part of a comprehensive immigration reform package. While Farm Bureau does not have a position on any of these bills, the organization has told the committee that farmers and ranchers are happy with the effort as an important first step in the House. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage


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What a difference a year makes Farm Bureau members contrast 2012 to 2013 and discuss their planting issues and their experiences with crop insurance in two articles that can be found in the center spread of this issue of The Hoosier Farmer. These two photos were taken approximately a year apart, the one on the left in Johnson County and the one on the right near the Madison-Henry county line. Photos by Kathleen M. Dutro

Farm Bureau works to get bill passed —From the AFBF Communications Team & Kathleen M. Dutro IFB PR Team With the House passage of H.R. 2642, Farm Bureau now moves on to the next phase in its farm bill negotiations: Getting a workable farm bill ready for the president’s signature by September. “While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman in a July 11 statement. AFBF said that the organization is grateful that a farm bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives although it does not like the substance of the bill. Its most

important objections are to splitting the nutrition title from the remainder of the farm bill and to repealing what’s known as “permanent law,” which refers to the permanent authority for price support to producers of agricultural commodities that is provided in the Agricultural Act of 1949. AFBF opposed passage of the rule to split the farm bill for important reasons. First, AFBF said that splitting the nutrition title from the remaining provisions of the bill was more about politics than sound, bipartisan policy. Second, longstanding cooperation between the nutrition and farm communities has resulted in a partnership that, for decades, ensured all Americans benefited from the farm bill. “We in agriculture need the support of the nutrition community,“ IFB President Don Villwock said in an

interview with Hoosier Ag Today. AFBF also was opposed to the repeal of permanent law contained in H.R. 2642. This provision received absolutely no discussion in any of the process leading up to the passage of the bill out of either the House or Senate Agriculture Committees, AFBF noted. To replace permanent law governing agricultural programs, without hearing from so much as a single witness on what that law should be replaced with, is not how good policy is developed. “The American Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to moving ahead with fundamental farm policy legislation,” Stallman said. “While we don’t yet know what the next steps will be, we will be working with both sides of the aisle and both chambers of Congress to ensure passage of a new fiveyear farm bill.”


NEWS in brief

Jasper County Farm Bureau donates ‘peace of mind’ —By Andy Dietrick Public Relations Team On June 27, four Jasper County fire departments gladly took possession of new equipment they hope never to use. Thanks to the Jasper County Farm Bureau and a host of partners, area first responders now have grain bin rescue tubes and the knowledge to use them should the need arise. At a media event scheduled to deliver the tubes and explain who was responsible for making it happen, Jasper County Farm Bureau president Daryl King ticked off a long list of project supporters, starting with Steve Wettschurack and Purdue University for conducting the training session for first responders. Without proper training, King noted, those

deploying the tubes might not be successful. He went on to thank the Tri-County FFA for their rebate program and the local Farm Credit Services office and the Jasper County REMC for their financial contributions. King especially thanked the Jasper County Farm Bureau board and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance for their overall support of the project. Wade Shuey with the Rensselaer Fire Department said that that tubes and the training “make me feel more confident that I’ll be able to help rescue a person or animal in a bin.” He also thanked the Jasper County Farm Bureau, adding that he and other emergency personnel “definitely depend on the community to help us get the equipment we need to be more effective.”

News Bites —Compiled by Kathleen M. Dutro Public Relations Team

Supreme Court decides not to take up E15 case—The U.S.

Supreme Court declined to hear a case that alleged federal regulators allowed E15, a mid-level ethanol fuel blend, onto the market without proper testing. The ruling preserves a potential slot at the gas pump for E15 by leaving intact a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency ruling that stated the fuel mixture was safe to use in cars manufactured in 2001 or later. Farm Bureau supports a comprehensive energy policy to help alleviate the energy-related economic hardship being suffered by U.S. farmers and ranchers by creating a more diverse energy supply, including renewable energy sources such as ethanol, biodiesel, biomass and wind. (AFBF 6/27/13)

ISDA adopts new strategic plan—In

Top photo: Darrell King, Jasper County Farm Bureau president, poses with Purdue grain safety specialist Steve Wettschurack and representatives of the financial sponsors, FFA leaders and represenatives of four Jasper County fire departments during a media event where the departments received their new grain tube, a device used to rescue people caught in flowing grain. Below, the tube is unpacked for display by Josh James and Mark Miesen of the Wheatfield Fire Department. Photo by Andy Dietrick

keeping with the overall objectives of the Pence administration, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Gina Sheets recently announced that the focus of ISDA was shifting from “advocacy” to “economic development.” In an interview with Gary Truitt of the Hoosier Ag Today radio network, Sheets noted that economic development and advocacy “go hand in hand” but that the emphasis of ISDA has aligned with the administration’s primary objective of job creation. In the HAT interview, which aired on June 23, Sheets emphasized that economic development included helping small farmers grow their business and education and career development programs, including FFA, which will assure that young Hoosiers develop the skills that the workforce of the future demand. ISDA is working to see

more jobs created in the agricultural sector, using innovation of farm technologies, to provide more employment opportunities for the next generation of farm families. With its partners ISDA is linking economic development with preserving and furthering the traditional ag/farm family and that way of life. (IFB 7/5/13)

Chism completes leadership development program—IFB

2nd Vice President Isabella Chism was among the 2013 graduates of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. The Lugar Series is a political leadership development program started in 1990 to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices. To date, 421 women in 23 classes have been trained. The Lugar Series annually selects through an application and interview process 20 to 25 outstanding selfnominated Hoosier women to participate in fast-track political training. Women who are accepted in this program have demonstrated long-term success and leadership ability in their careers or in community service. They have a keen interest in participating in public policy development. Day-long classes, led by local, state and national Republican leaders, are held monthly for eight months concluding with a three-day seminar in Washington, D.C. These sessions are designed to encourage, prepare and inspire class members to position themselves for key elected and appointive offices. The Lugar Series is educational in nature and does not take positions on issues or support individual candidates. The program is run by a board of volunteer women and an executive director who are committed to the full participation of women in the Republican Party and

Administrative/Finance Team

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Regional Managers

President..................................... Don Villwock Vice President................................ Randy Kron Second Vice President.................Isabella Chism Chief Operating Officer/Treasurer... Mark Sigler Receptionist......................................Kim Duke General Fund Accountant..............Tiffanie Ellis Office Manager & Meeting Planner... Kay Keown Controller...................................... Elaine Rueff Administrative Assistant................... Jill Shanley Executive Secretary.....................Beverly Thorpe Professional Dev. Program Dir...... Julie Volbers-Klarich

Director & General Counsel......................... Mark Thornburg Staff Attorney.............................................. Sara MacLaughlin Staff Attorney................................................. Justin Schneider Legal Assistant................................................. Maria Spellman Law Clerk............................................................... Aly Blume Law Clerk..............................................................Laura Buck

Director & Editor ...................... Andy Dietrick Web Designer/Developer............. Diane Brewer Administrative Assistant.................. Charla Buis Publications Managing Editor & Media Relations Specialist........Kathleen Dutro Marketing & PR Specialist..............Mindy Reef Intern.......................................... Hannah Klare

Wayne Belden (1 & 3) Greg Bohlander (6) Jennifer Chandler Gish (9) Andrew Cleveland (4 & 6) Janice Deno (3) Seth Harden (7 & 9) Amy Hutson (5) Susan Lawrence (2) Chancey May (10) John Newsom (1 & 2) Kermit Paris (8) Keegan Poe (5 & 8) Brad Ponsler (10) E.B. Rawles (7) Allie Rieth (4)

District Directors Larry Jernas (1) Kerry Goshert (2) Kevin Underwood (3) Steve Maple (4) Dave Wyeth (5)

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Scott Trennepohl (6) Jeff Gormong (7) Mark Bacon (8) Philip Springstun (9) Robert Schickel (10)

Public Policy Team Director..............................................................Megan Ritter Policy Development & Industry Relations............ Bob Cherry Policy Advisor, National Government Relations...... Kyle Cline Administrative Assistant ..........................................B.J. Fields Director, State Government Relations.....................Katrina Hall Political Education Specialist............................. Pete Hanebutt Administrative Assistant .................................. Wanda Hunter Public Policy Advisor................................................ Bob Kraft Livestock Development Specialist........................... Greg Slipher Direct Retail Business Specialist..............................Bob White Public Policy Advisor............................................. Kent Yeager

Organizational Development Team Director.............................................. Kim Vail Field Services Program Director........ Chris Fenner Program Assistant ...........................Tina Nunez Program Assistant......................Kathryn Rogers Education Coordinator....................Julie Taylor Member Services Coordinator.......... Anna Todd Administrative Assistant..................Tracie Trent Intern........................................Samantha Lowe

in government. (Lugar Series June 2013)

AFBF’s relaunches blog site—The FBlog,

which can be found at, has been re-launched, with contributions from a diverse roster of Farm Bureau member bloggers. The July 11 post, “Why Biotech Works” was written by Jeff VanderWerff, a fourthgeneration farmer from Sparta, Mich., who is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. In his post, VanderWerff points out the pros and cons of raising GMO and non-GMO crops from a farmer’s perspective. (AFBF 7/11/13)

Extension hay day will help horse owners produce better hay—Horse owners can

learn about forage nutritional requirements, hay quality and how to make hay using horse-drawn equipment at an Extension hay day July 27. The one-day workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Historic Prophetstown, 3549 Prophetstown Trail, West Lafayette. The day will start with a discussion about horse nutritional requirements based on body condition scores, activity and life cycle. Horse feeding and health complications when feeding lower quality forages will be discussed over lunch. The workshop is $40 per person, which includes an informational packet, handouts and lunch. Participants can download the registration form at Individuals with advanced horse driving skills who are interested in a more hands-on learning experience can attend the Forage Clinic on July 26-28 at Historic Prophetstown. The clinic is $300 per person or $250 per person for members of Historic Prophetstown, and the Extension hay day workshop is included in the fee. (Purdue 7/3/13) Address Letters & Questions To: Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. Box 1290, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1290. Phone: 1-800-327-6287 or (317) 692-7776 E-Mail Address: Duplicate Magazines If you are receiving more than one copy of The Hoosier Farmer®, please cut out both labels and return them to the address above. Magazine Design and Layout Davis Graphic Design The Hoosier Farmer® is published 14 times per year by Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., P.O. Box 1290, Indianapolis, IN 46206, and is furnished as a service to voting members and others. Controlled circulation. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Hoosier Farmer® P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206-1290. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.


around iFB

Abrashoff to headline convention —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team Author and former Navy commander Mike Abrashoff will give the keynote address at IFB’s annual convention. “He ran his ship his way and not the historical way most Navy ships were governed, giving his crew the confidence and freedom to become great,” said Chris Fenner, field services director for IFB. “There are many lessons we in Farm Bureau can learn and apply from a leader like Mike Abrashoff. His attitude of empowerment and equality amongst his crew made morale soar and allowed common sailors to achieve uncommon results while saving taxpayer dollars.” Abrashoff was commander of the USS Benfold, a destroyer in the Pacific Fleet. At the time of his selection, he was the youngest person to command a ship in the fleet. The Benfold was suffering from low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. To solve these issues, Abrashoff created the

Mike Abrashoff

“Leadership Roadmap.” At the core of his leadership approach on the Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and by engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers with conviction and humility. Abrashoff’s principles reaped rewards. Personnel turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1 percent. The rate of military promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25 percent. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, the Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness.

Most importantly, all of this was achieved with the same crew he started with. In It’s Your Ship, his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from the turnaround of the Benfold. He followed with Get Your Ship Together and It’s Our Ship, two books that look at how business

Outdoor business workshops planned —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team Have you considered turning some of your outdoor space into a profitmaking venture such as a corn maze or offering fishing for a fee? Two opportunities to learn more about these kinds of outdoor businesses are coming to Indiana. “There are many great prospects for landowners to make supplemental income from farm or ag land,” said Bob White, IFB’s retail agriculture business specialist. “Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, on-farm markets, Upicks and a plethora of other options are out there, but it’s important to understand legal concerns and potential pitfalls before starting one.” The Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners will be offered on Sept. 4 near Versailles, Ind., and on Sept. 5 near Waynetown, Ind. The subject matter is similar at both locations: determining revenue poten-

tial, real life examples, liability and legal concerns and a walking tour around the property in the afternoon. Resource agency personnel, wildlife biologists, enterprise operators and business professionals will be available answer landowner questions. The Sept. 4 workshop is on Bob and Ellen Mulford’s property, 128 E County Road 200 S, Versailles. The Mulfords recently decided to put their property to conservation cover – plant trees, bushes, shrubs, etc. – to attract birds. They offer overnight accommodations for those who want to watch birds on their property. A session on vacation rentals is also included at this location. The walking tour at the Mulfords’ features bird and wildlife viewing, warm season grasses and wildlife habitat, wetland restoration and woodland habitat management. The Sept. 5 workshop is on Rick and Debbie Schavietello’s property, 448

leaders put Abrashoff’s principles into action. Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm that works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking

and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance. The IFB state convention takes place Dec. 13-14 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. Registration will be available online after Sept. 1. Keep reading The Hoosier Farmer for more details.

Special day for special Farm Bureau member S County Road 500 W, Waynetown. The Schavietellos’ outdoor businesses include wildlife viewing, hunting, bass fishing, a pumpkin patch and nature walks, and they produce maple syrup. The walking tour at this location features warm season grasses and wildlife habitat, forest management and wildlife food plots. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. local time and end around 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $35 if participants register in advance and $45 for on-site registrations. Unfortunately, advance registration is currently only available by mail. Visit the Natural Resource Enterprises page, fnr/pages/nre.aspx, to print out a brochure, which includes the registration form. The workshops are presented by Indiana Farm Bureau, Purdue University and Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises program.

—Story & Photo By Andy Dietrick, PR Team June 19 marked two important milestones for long-time Harrison County Farm Bureau member Pete Schickel. On the one hand he was getting ready to kick off the 20th annual tricounty education roundtable, a public forum sponsored jointly by Harrison, Crawford and Washington County Farm Bureaus. Schickel has been instrumental in planning and hosting all 20 of the events, and this year’s

discussion of “Safety and Security in the Classroom” with area teachers and school administrators was no different. Perhaps equally impressive is the fact that the day before the joint meeting he helped organize Pete Schickel celebrated his 91st birthday. The capacity crowd at the education forum took a few minutes to pay their respects with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” as Robert Schickel, IFB District 10 director and Pete’s son, rolled out the birthday cake.

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drought recovery

2012 vs. 2013: What a D 2013’s wet spring creates special challenges —By Hannah Klare Public Relations Intern

The USDA is predicting average yields nationally, but a majority of the Hoosier farmers interviewed for this article disputed these projections, saying they are, at best, slightly optimistic – and at worst, a complete fallacy. “I don’t know how the USDA got those extra acres above and beyond what they did in March,” said Don Shoemaker of Jackson County. Alan Dunn, Clinton County, agreed. “It did not fit what we all had been reading for the weeks leading up to that report in terms of extreme planting delays and very, very late emergence of what crop has been planted,” he said. “I don’t believe in the USDA acreage reports 100 percent at all,” said Brian

This time last year, Indiana farmers prayed for rain to alleviate stressed, sun-scorched fields. One year later, a wet spring and a semi-late planting season has farmers asking for 80-degree days and sunshine. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s March 2013 “Prospective Plantings” report, Indiana farmers were expected to plant 6.1 million acres of corn and 5.1 million acres of soybeans. The June 28 “Acreage Report” showed little change: 6.1 million corn acres and 5.25 million soybean acres. This compares to the 6.25 million corn acres and 5.15 million soybean acres planted in 2012.


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18 1. Harold Parker LaPorte County 2. Kent Tracey LaGrange 3. Kerry Goshert Kosciusko County 4. Jon Goon Kosciusko County 5. Kendell Culp Jasper County 6. Roger Hadley Allen County

7. Brian Pilotte White County 8. Kevin Underwood Tippecanoe County 9. Alan Dunn Clinton County 10. Eric Aulbach Blackford County 11. Brad Burbrink Vigo County 12. Mark Bacon Rush County

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13. Steve Crowe Greene County 14. Don Shoemaker Jackson County 15. Jon Pollert Jackson County 16. David Gottbrath Washington County 17. Ken McMichael Scott County 18. Mark and Sheryl Seib Posey County

rial on the contrast between farming in 2012 and farming in 2013.

corn in ponds,” said Pilotte. “We’ve already replanted over 250 acres of beans.” In the south, David Gottbrath, Washington County, experienced some delay, but he said that otherwise, “The crops look really good down here.” Jon Pollert of Jackson County, however, had to replant 15-20 acres of soybeans due to slug damage. In the north, Harold Parker of LaPorte County, Kerry Goshert of Kosciusko County and Kent Tracey of LaGrange County all reported some flooding and holes. Parker lost 30 acres due to flooding whereas Goshert lost 4 to 5 of his 500 acres. Tracey said he personally doesn’t have significant standing water but he has “seen several large areas in other fields that are pretty severely underwater

[which] aren’t going to last long.” It’s a different story for Clinton County, according to Dunn. He experienced generally excellent planting conditions and crop emergence despite minor ponding. At this point, there are many variables that could affect this year’s crop. Roger Hadley predicted that “When it finally does get dry enough to spray, we’re going to have bigger weeds than normal.” Likewise a sudden shift to dry weather would deprive crops of the periodic rains needed to reach physiological maturity and seed production expectations. As Mark Seib of Posey County said, “It all depends on what Mother Nature does to us after we get everything planted.”

Farmers say crop insurance does what it’s supposed to do —By Kathleen M. Dutro Public Relations Team

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Pilotte, White County. Although much of the crop looks healthy, the wet conditions delayed some farmers. Allen County farmer Roger Hadley has about 350 acres of corn with “7-8 acres of holes” gone due to flooding and another 10-15 acres that have been affected by the water. “Our ground is almost to the stage of being waterlogged because every time it quits raining…we get another rain shower,” said Hadley. Water damage, uneven crop emergence and drown-out holes seem to be common across that county. Pilotte, who farms 17,000 acres with his father, started planting around Mother’s Day and as of July 2 had quit replanting. “We’ve lost probably close to 100 acres of

Seventy-four percent of Indiana’s corn and soybean acres are insured through the federal crop insurance program, according to the USDA’s Risk Management Agency. If the seven IFB members who use crop insurance and were recently interviewed by The Hoosier Farmer are representative, the reason is that grain farmers are pretty happy with the crop insurance program. The current program is “functioning in a way that helps to offset income in a year where we’re obviously seeing incomes slide down dramatically because of a short crop,” said Kevin Underwood of Tippecanoe County. “That’s what we wanted it do.” “At the end of the day it’s more or less guaranteeing us that we’re going to be able to farm into the future,” said Brad Burbrink, Vigo County. “We’d still rather have the crops than collect crop insurance,” he explained, but insurance is a risk management tool that covers their input costs in bad years. All seven said they made

no changes in their crop insurance despite the 2012 drought. “Last year, I was kind of right on the line with my yields, and I paid more in premiums than I collected,” said Kendell Culp, Jasper County. Nonetheless, he said, he purchased the same type of policy this year. “You can’t jump in and out because if you didn’t have it last year and you’re going to do it this year, well, guess what? We’ve got the opposite weather this year that we had last year, and that’s kind of typical. You come up with a plan and you stay with it. Some years you collect and some years you don’t,” he said. “It did what I was expecting it to do last year,” explained Jon Goon of Kosciusko County. “It worked like it was supposed to, and this year – well, we don’t know yet.” Mark Bacon, Rush County, said he’s had the same plan for 10 years. “It’s worked very well for me,” he said. Steve Crowe of Greene County said his 2012 bean yields were the “best we ever had,” but his corn yields were down 50 percent. Nonetheless, “I don’t

have any trouble with my crop insurance.” Some of those interviewed had suggestions for improving the program. Ken McMichael of Scott County doesn’t have crop insurance because he raises sheep and hay, but he spoke for other livestock producers when he said he really wishes there was an insurance program that would help him in the event of a disaster. “I realized it’s a hard thing to structure,” he said, but he noted that last year’s heat and drought were hard on livestock, causing breeding problems with his ewes and drastically elevating hay prices. When unforeseeable things happen, a safety net would be helpful, he said. Eric Aulbach of Blackford County said he is glad to have crop insurance – “It’s a risk management tool that a least let me know I could pay the bank and that I could sleep at night,” he said. However, “It’s just something that I wish could be simplified.” Culp also had a wish. “I wish they (Congress) would pass a farm bill with a crop insurance program,” he said.


drought recovery

Difference a Year Makes Indiana’s May-August Rainfall Totals Indiana's1895-2012 May-August Rainfall Totals 1895-2012


Average rainfall total (May-August):

16.98 inches

1958: 24.49"

Inches of rainfall - statewide average


1990: 22.50"

1915: 21.83"

1896: 21.62"

2003: 21.91"

2004: 22.04"




1895: 9.77"

1988: 9.58"

1936: 8.16"

1930: 8.26"

2012: 10.83"



Information courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center

Indiana’s Average July Temperatures Indiana's Average July Temperatures 1895-2012 1895-2012 82.00

Average temperature statewide


1901: 80.60

1934: 80.10

1936: 80.90

Average temperature in July:

1921: 79.70

2012: 80.10

71.8 degrees




72.00 1924: 71.20

1947: 70.80

70.00 2009: 69.00 68.00

Information courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center

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Show and Tell


County fair photos wanted

This should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only. You are urged to consult your own lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning your situation.

Q: What liability do I have if my livestock get out? A: Livestock owners are prohibited from permitting their livestock to “run at large” under Indiana law. Owners are expected to exercise a reasonable amount of care in keeping their livestock contained and controlled, particularly so that they do not stray onto well-traveled roads and cause injury to people and property. Generally, liability will depend on the foreseeability of the livestock to escape from the particular confinement area. However, if an animal known to be naturally dangerous or ferocious escapes, strict liability will be imposed against the owner for any injury caused by that animal.

Lake County Farm Bureau President Tom Keithley poses with 4-H tenure award winners Lauren Berger and Jim Kennelly during the 2012 Lake County fair. Photo courtesy of the Lake County Farm Bureau

County fairs are a wonderful opportunity for farmers to interact with the non-farming public. If your county Farm Bureau has an activity that you’d like to share with other counties, send photos (high-resolution digital only, please) and caption information to the Indiana Farm Bureau PR Team, or askus@infarmbureau. org, by July 31. We’ll run some in the Aug. issue of The Hoosier Farmer and post some on The Hoosier Farmer’s website and IFB’s Facebook page.

AFBF files suit to protect farmers’ privacy The American Farm Bureau Federation took legal action July 5 to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from publicly releasing personal information about thousands of farmers and ranchers and their families. EPA was expected to respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests that week, prompting AFBF to file a lawsuit and seek a temporary restraining order before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. By seeking an immediate court order stopping EPA’s imminent release, AFBF hopes to stall disclosures of farmers’ and ranchers’ names, home addresses,

GPS coordinates and personal contact information until a court can clarify EPA’s obligation to keep personal information about citizens private. The National Pork Producers Council joined AFBF in the lawsuit. “We are sticking up for the tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers whose personal information would end up in the public domain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This lawsuit is about the government’s unjustified intrusion into citizens’ private lives.” Earlier this year the farming and ranching community was shocked that EPA released personal information about thousands of livestock and poultry

farmers and ranchers in 29 states in response to FOIA requests from three environmental organizations. Now, in response to new FOIA requests, EPA intends to release additional personal information from farmers in Minnesota, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Washington. “We support transparency and frequently advocate for increased government transparency,” said Stallman. “But publicly sharing spreadsheet upon spreadsheet of tens of thousands of peoples’ names, addresses and other personal information is not transparency in the workings of government – it is an invasion of the personal privacy of citizens.”

Fairgoers can help feed hungry Hoosiers —From the Indiana State Fair Thousands of people attend Indiana county fairs each summer to enjoy an elephant ear, corn dog or other favorite fair food. At the same time, approximately 694,500 Hoosiers each year are unable to survive without Indiana food banks according to the Hunger in America 2010 Indiana State Report. This summer, the Indiana State Fair, Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events, Elanco and Indiana Farm Bureau are working together to help eliminate hunger in Indiana through a new program called FAIRs Care. FAIRs CARE challenges

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Indiana county fairs to create a Fair Food Drive to collect non-perishable foods or monetary donations to serve their local food pantries. On the last day of the State Fair Sunday, Aug. 18, Elanco and Indiana Farm Bureau will award eight $500 awards at random to participating county fairs to continue their hunger drive programs in 2014. “Indiana agriculture means many things to many people, but most importantly it means food on the table for all Hoosiers,” Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock said. “Indiana Farm Bureau members are proud to be partnering with the State Fair, county fairs all across the state and our dear friends at Elanco on this

project. We are working together to make sure no Hoosier goes to bed hungry.” Altogether, 15 county fairs have stepped up to the challenge to participate in the new program. They are: Allen, Decatur, Elkhart, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jennings, LaGrange, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Noble, Porter, Starke, Vermillion and Wells. Throughout the county fair season, the Indiana State Fair, Elanco and Indiana Farm Bureau will also reward each donor with two admission tickets to the Indiana State Fair good for any day of the fair, Aug. 2-18. This $20 value can be had with a minimum $3 of food items or financial support while supplies last.



Resolutions committee, delegate body to meet in August

Successful media relations requires a team effort —By Andy Dietrick Public Relations Team Thanks partly to the help of Farm Bureau volunteers, IFB’s public relations team won five national awards at AFBF’s Communications Conference in Portland, Ore., in late June. Entries are judged by communications professionals from outside the Farm Bureau family, and the competition is stiff. IFB received two awards for media relations: The prestigious Dave Lane Awarda for Media Relations Excellence in recognition of IFB’s overall media relations program and, specifically for 2012, our efforts to assist media in covering the 2012 drought. The award for “best media relations event” for our work with New York-based Bloomberg TV’s August trip to the Midwest to cover the drought. None of this could have happened without the help of IFB members who willingly stepped up and shared stories about what was hap-

pening on their farms with local, national and international media. “Our members were amazing,” said IFB media relations specialist Kathleen Dutro. “From early July through mid-August 2012, we had at least 35 media representatives contact us, wanting to ‘talk to a famer about the drought,’ and at least 30 members said ‘yes’ when I asked for their help. This impressive farmer participation was specifically mentioned by the judge in giving us the Dave Lane award.” Dutro noted that another strength of IFB’s media relations program is the participation of IFB’s county public relations coordinators. “Our media relations program really is a team effort that includes state staff, officers, regional managers, PR coordinators and, especially, the farmers who agree to represent agriculture with the media,” she added. “Media usually don’t want to talk to me. They want to talk to the real experts, and in agriculture, farmers are the

—By Hannah Klare Public Relations Intern

real experts.” The team also picked up honorable mentions for The Hoosier Farmer, My Indiana Home and IFB’s successful, multi-department effort on SEA 319, the soil productivity factor legislation. Honorable mentions are not given lightly or in great numbers. You can see the complete list of winners on AFBF’s website,, by clicking on “Newsroom – News Releases” and then on the link for the release, headlined “State Farm Bureau Communications Specialists Honored.”

Who’s who at IFB Kent Yeager retires from Farm Bureau —By Hannah Klare Public Relations Intern After nearly 17 years as director of the public policy team, Indiana Farm Bureau veteran Kent Yeager will retire this summer. Yeager is a true resident of Mauckport, Ind., living in the same home his entire life. There with the help of Joy, his wife of 35 years, he has raised three kids: Sara Browning, Ann Briggs and James Yeager. His education includes IU Bloomington (’70-’71), IU southeast (’72-’75), Purdue Winter Ag Short Course (’73) and IUPUI (’94-’95). Before becoming a Farm Bureau employee, Yeager worked as a farmer and a Farm Bureau volunteer, and he was the state executive director of what was then the USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (now the Farm Service Agency) from July 1993 to May 1996. The positions he’s held at IFB include national affairs assistant and field representative. He became the IFB’s public policy director starting in May 1996. Since

July 22, 2013

Kent Yeager (left), shown in the House Agriculture Committee’s chamber with former Sen. Richard Lugar, will be retiring this summer. Photo by Andy Dietrick.

announcing his retirement, he has acted as public policy advisor to Farm Bureau, assisting Megan Ritter, public policy director. As the public policy director, Yeager focused on implementing the policies IFB members felt important and brought those to the attention of the state legislature. Yeager greatly enjoyed using his “talent for political analysis and strategy to improve conditions for farmers and rural quality of life.” Debating farm policy came at an early age for Yeager. Some of his earliest memories include attending town-

ship Farm Bureau meetings, specifically Pet and Hobby, and debating farm policy and politics with his family who were farmers. Yeager plans to spend a lot less time behind a desk during his retirement and more time outside. When asked what activities or hobbies he enjoys, he replied, “I’m 4G – grandkids, golf, gardening, government.” He hopes to spend some of that time on his farm and in pursuit of some family non-farm entrepreneurial activities. However, he still plans to continue doing some work with in government and politics.

The Indiana Farm Bureau state resolutions committee will meet July 31-Aug. 2 to finalize the report that is to be presented at the delegate body on Aug. 24. The policy development process is a year round activity. Resolutions for the local, state and national levels are prepared by county Farm Bureaus and submitted to the home office in Indianapolis by the middle of June. From that point, all resolutions are categorized, considered and sent to the resolutions committee to be divided into state and national recommendations. Of the 92 counties who simultaneously sent in resolutions, [local number] were local, 457 were state and 120 were national resulting in [total number] policies recorded. On Aug. 24, the full delegate body will adopt state and national policy. Federal policy recommendations will then be sent to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s resolution committee, which repeats the process at the national level. Issues can also be raised at the delegate session held during the December convention, but only if these are new issues or issues for which there is new information. The members of the 2013 state resolutions committee are: Harold Parker, LaPorte County president; Kevin Ousley, Whitley County president; Paul Dorsey, Clinton County president; Jerry Hartman, Howard County president; Jim Loughmiller, Hendricks County president; Duane Rinker, Hamilton County president; Paul George, Martin County, president; Chris Hendricks, Johnson County president; Don Cook, Crawford County president; Michael Andrew, Ohio County president; Cory Harris, Jay County, Purdue Collegiate Farm Bureau representative; and Casey Evans, Vigo County, Young Farmer representative. The at-large members bring in their personal expertise and diversify the group. The 2013 at-large

members are: Scott Burton of Kosciusko County, Gene Whitehead of Delaware County, Bobbi Kincaid of Sullivan County, Julie Bommer of Franklin County and Aaron Lee of Washington County. Consultants are advisors who sit in on meetings. The 2013 consultants are Steve Maple, District 4 director; Scott Trennepohl, District 6 director; and Marybeth Feutz, District 9 woman leader. As of The Hoosier Farmer’s July 12 deadline, it was uncertain what would be the committee’s top issues. However, said Bob Cherry, who coordinates IFB’s policy development process, based on the number of policies submitted, the following appear to be the most pressing state-level topics: K-12 education (301.00 in the policy book), for which 37 individual resolutions were submitted. Highway funding, projects and vehicle & highway regulations (609.01-03 in the policy book) – 67 resolutions. Animal agriculture (208.00 in the policy book) and criminal law criminal law (607.10) – 29 resolutions. Emergency services & traffic safety (400.02 &400.05 in the policy book) – 23 resolutions. Predators & wildlife control (501.10 in the policy book) – 12 resolutions. Annexation & mergers, local government, property tax and sales tax (601.00, 605.09, 607.01, 608.01 & 608.04) – 90 resolutions. Based on the numbers of policies submitted, it is assumed that the most pressing national level topics are: Risk management/crop insurance (225), for which 16 individual resolutions were submitted. National farm policy (239) – 13 resolutions. Policies are the result of grassroots efforts made by members and shape what the organization represents. Cherry said they instead “try to dwell on policy that affects agriculture in rural communities, which goes back to our mission statement.”


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Brooke Bailey, daughter of Andy and Blair Bailey, and Keith Mosiman pose at the Clabber Girl Museum. Photo by Amanda Mosiman

The annual state Young Farmer outing was held this year in Vigo County, and among the activities was a visit to the museum dedicated to one of Terre Haute’s most famous products, Clabber Girl baking powder. Visitors are often shocked to learn that Clabber Girl’s founding family is the same one that’s owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1945. Tony Hulman George is the great-great-grandson of Clabber Girl founder Herman Hulman, which is why the museum displays a race car in its collection. Photo by Amanda Mosiman

Drainage School still taking registrations —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team As of The Hoosier Farmer’s deadline, seats were still available for the 2013 Drainage School, Aug. 28 at the IFB home office in downtown Indianapolis. The registration deadline is Aug. 9 or when the seminar fills, whichever comes sooner. Cost to attend is $50. For more information and to register, visit www.infarmbureau. org and look under the Events menu. If you have questions, contact Maria Spellman, 317-692-7840 or

Another activity was touring the Ace in the Whole mine. From left are Blair Bailey, Keith Mosiman, Mike Hershel, Orville Haney, Casey Evans and Dewayne Simpson getting ready for their pit tour. Photo by Amanda Mosiman


County fairs offer PR opportunities nition program as a tool to engage others. More than 2,800 activities have taken place, all of which support the mission of our organization. Thank you for promoting agriculture through public education, member engagement, and by advocating for agricultural and rural needs.

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As July is now upon us, county Farm Bureaus across the state are engaging in numerous activities. Membership has been a focus at county fairs as well as supporting 4H youth and their fair events. County Farm Bureaus can


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