Supporting Hoosier Farmers

Indiana’s agricultural industry is a critical part of our economy, generating more than $44 billion annually and providing nearly 190,000 jobs. Supporting our farmers and the industry remains a top priority for House Republicans.

When Hoosier farmers began experiencing steep increases in their property tax bills, the General Assembly needed to act to determine the cause and find a permanent solution to alleviate this burden. In the recently concluded session, policymakers enacted a law modernizing the farmland assessment formula. The legislation is expected to save Hoosier farmers $175 million over the next four years.

The ceremonial signing of this law was an exciting event attended by State Reps. Tim Brown and Bob Cherry, who co-sponsored the bill, as well as other state officials, farming families and employers in the agricultural industry. Three large tractors traveled downtown and parked in front of the Statehouse. While it was quite a paradox seeing heavy equipment typically found in fields in an urban setting, it was also a significant reminder of how much Indiana relies on agriculture.

Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s director of state government relations, said, “Every day of the session, our 73,000 farmer members found their voice in government by meeting with their legislators at the Statehouse and in their district, and also by making thousands of phone and email contacts. Today’s ceremonial signing of SB 308 was the culmination of years of their hard work and dedication.”

Farmers face unique challenges, explained here by State Rep. Bob Cherry. They work hard to put food on our tables, and House Republicans will continue to work hard to support their efforts.