One of our most important industries in Indiana is agriculture. Farming not only creates jobs and boosts our economy, but through organizations like 4-H; it brings people together and keeps traditions alive. The 4-H fairs in southwest Indiana run throughout the month of July, the first being in Warrick County July 11-16.
Without a doubt, 4-H is one of the most positive youth organizations in the United States. The values they promote and uphold are key to life in southern Indiana and I look forward to the fair every year.
In the General Assembly, we had several pieces of legislation pass this year that will help strengthen agriculture in Indiana, as well as agritourism. The first will allow the state chemist to inspect, audit and certify certain commercial feed manufacturers and distributors that export commercial feed.
The second piece of legislation will streamline the referendum process for the continuation of the Commodity Market Development Council and provide additional options for check-off programs.
Finally, the third law will give Hoosier family farmers who participate in agritourism, limited liability protection.
I know that many people rely on the fruits of our farmers' labor and we will continue to work to ensure that those in the agriculture industry are given the tools they need to run a successful business.
To finish, we had two very positive announcements for the job market in southwest Indiana this week. First, North American Lighting, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive lighting and components, broke ground on a new injection mold facility in Elberfeld at the North Warrick Industrial Park. The site has been 'shovel-ready' since 2008 and I, along with my fellow representative, Sue Ellspermann, participated in talks to secure this facility at the site in Warrick County.
Also, Prime Foods, Inc. in Boonville announced this week that they will be adding a $4 million expansion. The addition will allow them to become the world's top hard-boiled egg producer, turning out more than 1 million eggs a day. Prime Foods, Inc. distributes eggs nationally to restaurants, hospitals and other businesses.
It is one of my top priorities as your representative to continue creating jobs in our community. I look forward to seeing the positive effects and boost to our economy that all businesses, such as North American Lighting, Inc. and Prime Foods, Inc., are bringing to southwest Indiana.
I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer. Thank you for your continued support.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)