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A-6 Local Wednesday, November 27, 2019 The Press-Dispatch Farm Bureau leaders discuss 2020 priorities at Statehouse Indiana Farm Bureau leaders and staff met with legislators at the Statehouse to discuss INFB's legisla- tive priorities for 2020. Leg- islators were invited to at- tend INFB's annual Orga- nization Day Breakfast at the Statehouse. Members of the INFB board of direc- tors, including President Randy Kron and Vice Pres- ident Kendell Culp, along with the organization's pub- lic policy team were able to speak with legislators dur- ing the event. INFB's policy creation process begins with each county Farm Bureau. All counties have the opportu- nity to make policy sugges- tions for the upcoming year. Then, the recommendations are brought before a resolu- tions committee to be con- sidered before they reach the INFB delegate session, which was held on Aug. 24 and consisted of more than 250 member representa- tives. A fter the delegate session, the INFB board of directors identified the key issues INFB members and staff will focus on at the Statehouse when the Gener- al Assembly reconvenes. "Through our robust net- work of farmers and agri- culture professionals in the state, we are able to identify the most pressing issues of concern for Indiana farmers each and every year," said Randy Kron, INFB presi- dent. "Our members put a lot of time and effort into identifying the industry's biggest needs and crafting them into the organization's policy positions for the com- ing year." INFB's policy priorities for 2020 are as follows: • Expand health benefits available to Indiana agricul- ture. • Limit referenda that burden landowners. • Implement land use planning that protects farms and farmland while promot- ing rural economic growth. • Protect property rights and local control. • Continue expansion of rural broadband. • Improve assessment uniformity across the prop- erty tax base. "This year, the General Assembly will be reviewing healthcare costs and at Farm Bureau we have been doing the same" said Katrina Hall, INFB director of public pol- icy. "Our members are very concerned about the current cost of healthcare, so one of our biggest priorities for the year is to figure out how we can help lower their costs. As always, we also will re- main focused on property rights, local control, the ex- pansion of rural broadband and land use planning." When the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assem- bly begins in January, INFB members will visit with their legislators to advocate for this year's policy positions. Pike Central middle schoolers Xavery Weisman (Young Nala), Kynlee Jackson (Zazu), Emily McGillem (Shenzi), Jayla Harris (Rafiki) and Jaydon Clark (Ed) singing along with the Petersburg Elementary students during Pike Central Mid- dle School's presentation of "The Lion King." Above: Makyn- na Satterfield plays the role of Pumbaa, with animals of the prideland singing in the background to "Hakuna Mata- ta" during Pike Cen- tral Middle School's presentation of "The Lion King" at Peters- burg Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 21. Right: The lioness- es await their turn to perform during Pike Central Mid- dle School's pres- entation of "The Li- on King" at Peters- burg Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 21. They include (l to r): Patience Apol- los (sitting), Lillian Mann, Riley Russell, Hailey Fulcher, Em- ma Hunt, Abby Boyd and Ali Hardin. Pike Central middle schooler Tommy Hayes, as Young Simba, attempts to escape from the wildebeests during a performance at Petersburg Elementary. Petersburg Elementary students practicing their lion roar during Pike Central Middle School's presentation of "The Lion King." Ella Adams playing the role of Scar and Tommy Hayes playing the role of Young Sim- ba perform "The Lion King" in front of a crowd of students at Petersburg Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 21. PCMS PERFORMS 'THE LION KING' LOUIE CAMPBELL Sales Professional CALL OR TEXT 812-899-6267 @LouieYourCarGuy HWY. 64 W. • PRINCETON "Quite Simply, A Better Experience!" Looking for a Great Deal On Your Next Vehicle? net edition yeah, it's that fast! Z M It's The Press-Dispatch. No matter where you live. Delivered every Wednesday morning! Add it for $5 to your current print subscription or stand-alone for $35/year.

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