Jason Henderson plans on spending the summer listening to extension staff in all of Indiana’s counties to improve communication.
State lawmakers say putting the “ag-gag” bill in a summer study committee could help pass the measure after dying on the final day of the 2013 session.
Senator Joe Donnelly emphasized the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that provides help to the agriculture community while reducing the deficit.
House Speaker Brian Bosma killed a bill that would have tightened restrictions on taking undercover pictures and video of agriculture businesses.
High corn prices and low supply caused by the 2012 drought have prompted some farmers in the Southeast to consider planting more corn.
Opponents say the public relies on whistleblower activity to promote regulation.
Gov. Mike Pence named Debra Minott head of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration and Gina Sheets leader of the State Department of Agriculture.
The census collects information on production and acreage, as well as energy sources, organic operations, and specialty crops and livestock.
State officials are urging farmers to use precaution as the drought has increased risks for fire, harmful dust and mold due to decomposition.
The source of the bacteria hasn't been determined -- and Indiana isn't the only state affected.