Agriculture Support Bill passes out of the House (2/25/2014)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Start Date: 2/25/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 2/25/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM
STATEHOUSE – Senate Bill (SB) 186 sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe passed out of the House with a vote of 67-30. 

SB 186 states that it is the policy of Indiana to conserve, protect and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture, agricultural business and agriculture land for the production of food, fuel, fiber and other agricultural products. 

“Senate Bill 186 seeks to promote commonly accepted farming practices in order to help provide food and other resources to the more than 6 million people in Indiana,” said Rep. Lehe.

The bill also says that the Indiana Code shall be interpreted to allow farmers to choose among all generally accepted farming and livestock production practices, including the use of ever-changing technology. 

“There are currently more than 7 billion people in the world, and that number is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Too many people are food insecure and we need to do everything in our power to ensure that we utilize the most advanced technology to feed the most people possible using the least natural resources,” Rep. Lehe said. 

This legislation will be enacted into law July 1, 2014, contingent upon the governor’s signature.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee.  Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

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