Washington, D.C. – Late yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was awarded the ‘2018 Friend of Farm Credit Award’ by the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. AgriBank recognized Donnelly’s ongoing efforts to support Hoosier farmers, families, and rural communities. Specifically, AgriBank lauded Donnelly’s work in the bipartisan Senate-passed 2018 Farm Bill, which he helped write as a member of the Senate Ag Committee.
Donnelly said, “I’m honored to have received this award. I’m proud to advocate for Hoosier farmers through efforts to protect crop insurance, to make sure they have access to credit, and to do all I can to help farmers navigate significant challenges – from depressed commodity prices to chaotic trade markets and unforeseen weather events.”
Tony Wolfe, board member of Farm Credit lender Farm Credit Mid-America, said, “The leadership Senator Donnelly provides through his service on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Banking Committee is critical to the well-being of our rural communities and our agricultural producers across the country. In particular, we greatly appreciate Senator Donnelly’s efforts to ensure the crop insurance program remains an effective risk management tool to help producers deal with the vagaries of weather and the markets. While the counter-cyclical programs also are important to our producers, crop insurance is a vital component of ensuring there is an adequate safety net. The Senate version of the Farm Bill includes several provisions championed by Senator Donnelly to improve risk management, conservation and export promotion programs, as well as to help address opioid abuse and food insecurity.”
Senator Donnelly receiving an award from AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. For a high resolution version, click here.
In preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill, Donnelly heard from nearly every segment of Indiana’s ag community, including holding 12 listening sessions across Indiana and in meetings over the past year and a half to gather ideas and priorities for the bill directly from Hoosier farmers and stakeholders. These priorities included the need for a farm bill that would manage and help mitigate the uncontrollable risks of farming, as well as make changes to commodity support programs in order to improve their effectiveness.