INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2017) – The Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, which represent the state’s corn and soybean farmers, expressed their support today for the creation of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement as part of a broader reorganization of the department during a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio. ISA directors Jim Douglas and Phil Ramsey, both of Shelby County, and Kendell Culp of Jasper County attended the announcement. The following is a statement from Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of both organizations:
“Exports are critical to the success of our corn and soybean farmers and Secretary Perdue’s announcement is a welcome sign to our membership that the new Administration understands the importance of trade to our farmers, the farm economy and rural America. We look forward to learning more about reorganization of the USDA and its effects on our farmers and their ability to remain the most efficient providers of food, fuel and fiber.”
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members. For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.