Farm Bill takes another step closer to passing

In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. State lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday.
(AP File Photo/Ed Andrieski)
In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. State lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday. (AP File Photo/Ed Andrieski)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill aiming to protect Hoosier farmers. The Farm Bill is one step closer to passing the Indiana Senate.

Some lawmakers believe the bill is needed to protect farmers from animal rights activists and others who attack farmers in court. The measure states, in part, that Indiana’s policy is “to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture.”

However, some opponents said it contains language that would unfairly favor farmers in lawsuits.

The Indiana Senate approved the bill in January, and a House committee endorsed it on Thursday.

The full House is expected to take up the measure as early as this week.

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