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The Indiana Farm Bureau is holding a series of informational meetings to help Hoosier farmers understand changes in the more than one thousand-page farm bill passed earlier this year.
National Policy advisor Kyle Cline says the meetings will focus on the agricultural programs rather than the food stamp programs, such as crop insurance and livestock indemnity.
“We had a drought last year, a significant drought and a lot of the forage that is grown for feed for livestock in Indiana was a complete loss,” Cline said. “So this is a way for the farmers to sign up for that program to recover some of those losses that they had to incur due to the severe drought.”
Though the farm bill represents a legislative accomplishment after nearly six years of deadlock, Cline says the agriculture community is still waiting for the USDA and other government agencies to write specific rules and regulations pertaining to the statutes in the measure.
The meetings are scheduled for March 27 and 28.