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Joe Donnelly discusses agricultural issues with Noble County ‘Farmers for Joe’ members on second day of statewide tour

Joe Donnelly met with members of ‘Farmers for Joe’ today to discuss the impact of new tariffs on Hoosier farmers and other issues as part of day two of his statewide summer tour to discuss how he’s working to deliver results for Indiana in the Senate.

Joe met with around 40 farmers and members of the agricultural community in northeast Indiana at Stringtown Farms today to discuss the upcoming harvest and how Joe can continue to fight for Hoosier farmers in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Joe has consistently been a champion for Indiana agriculture:

After conducting a statewide farm bill listening tour, Joe helped craft the farm bill and pass it through the Senate, which includes provisions which would benefit Hoosier farmers and rural communities.

He’s worked in the Senate to cut red tape for Hoosier farmers, including passing and getting enacted into law a bipartisan fix to CERCLA reporting requirements—protecting farmers from having to file burdensome, needless reports to the EPA. He’s continuing to push for a common sense WOTUS rule based on the input of Hoosier farmers.

Joe has also worked to expand trade opportunities and defend access to international markets for Indiana farmers. While he supports efforts to crack down on bad actors like China and create a level playing field for American businesses -- from steelworkers to farmers -- he is concerned about how the escalation of competing tariffs is driving down commodity prices and eroding the value of our farmers’ hard work.

“Indiana’s farmers deserve a senator who works as hard as they do, and that’s why I’ll work tirelessly to make sure their voices are heard and bring their concerns to Washington,” said Joe Donnelly. “It’s their input that’s going into the coming farm bill, and they’re the reason I’m fighting to create a level playing field where our farmers aren’t collateral damage as tariffs escalate. As Indiana’s hired help, I’ll be proud to fight for our farmers in the Senate for six more years.”

“Whether he’s working on the next farm bill, seeing firsthand how new tariffs are affecting our business, or simply getting a sense of how our crop yield is coming, Joe is always here to listen to us,” said Doug Burnworth, a farmer from Kimmell. “We’re lucky to have someone with a seat at the table in the Senate on the issues that affect us, and we’re even luckier to have someone who makes Indiana farmers his top priority. I’m a member of ‘Farmers for Joe’ because there’s no substitute for someone who puts our concerns first and then fights tooth and nail for us in Washington.”

Saturday is the second day of Joe’s summer tour, a seven-day tour across Indiana to discuss Hoosiers’ concerns and share how he’ll continue working for them in the Senate. Today, the tour also has stops in South Bend, Goshen, Daleville, and Grant, Jay, and Blackford counties.

As Indiana’s hired help in the Senate, Joe has relied on hard work and Hoosier common sense to deliver results. 43 of Joe’s legislative proposals have become law, including 21 since President Trump took office. He’s visited all 92 counties each of the last four years to listen to Hoosiers’ concerns, including 544 events in Indiana last year alone. The Lugar Center last year named him the most bipartisan senator of the last 25 years still serving in office.