Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly met with members of the Indiana Corn Growers Association to discuss the Farm Bill and to hear their concerns about the volatile, chaotic trade markets.
Senator Donnelly meets with members of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. For high resolution photos click here.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “I’m concerned about the long-term impact uncertain trade policies are having on Hoosier farmers and rural communities. I’ve heard from various Indiana Ag groups about their growing frustrations with falling commodity prices and trade policies, and this meeting reinforced that. I will continue to advocate for our Hoosier farmers and ag community, and I am working on getting the Farm Bill across the finish line and signed into law in order to provide some semblance of certainty and stability to our farmers.”
Mike Beard, Vice President of the Indiana Corn Growers Association said, “Hoosier farmers are rallying together in the last several weeks to make sure that Capitol Hill understands how concerned we are about the impending trade war with China. As we struggle with a difficult farm economy, attacks on ethanol demand, eroding trade relationships, and now collapsing markets, we desperately need to make sure that Capitol Hill and the Administration understand that we won’t long be able to survive this; many of us will lose our farms. Indiana corn farmers are appreciative of Senator Donnelly and others in the delegation for championing our cause; helping to protect and grow ethanol markets, get a good Farm Bill across the finish line, and to stand in our support as trade negotiations crumble our markets. We are grateful for this strong, Hoosier, leadership.”
On Tuesday, at a Banking Committee hearing, Donnelly questioned the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jay Powell about the economic impact of tariffs and how the Administration’s uncertain trade policies are harming farmers and rural communities. In recent weeks, Donnelly has spoken out after hearing consistently from farmers and agriculture groups about uncertainty in export markets and falling commodity prices. Donnelly relayed those concerns to President Trump at the White House in late June and has highlighted the importance of creating a level playing field for manufacturers, steel producers, and farmers to continue selling quality products all over the world.
The Senate-passed Farm Bill includes several Donnelly-led provisions that would support Hoosier farmers, families, and rural communities; improve risk management, conservation, and export promotion programs; and help address the opioid epidemic and food insecurity. The Farm Bill also includes a measure that would increase export opportunities for Indiana farmers through two export promotion programs, the Foreign Market Development Program and the Market Assistance Program. This builds on Donnelly’s bipartisan legislation with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Angus King (I-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME).