Agricultural matters.

Authors: Senator Jean Leising, Senator Susan Glick, Senator Mark Messmer

Sponsors: Representative Don Lehe

Co-Sponsors: Representative James Baird, Representative Melanie Wright

Advisors: Senator Susan Glick, Senator Lonnie Randolph, Senator Erin Houchin


Authorizes the department of agriculture (department) to establish a farm commodities and market news service as a pilot program for the 2015-2017 biennium. Authorizes the department to expand the program beginning July 1, 2017. Provides that a program established by the department must be funded from the livestock industry promotion and development fund. Allows the feeding of garbage to swine if the garbage is treated to kill disease organisms in accordance with rules adopted by the Indiana Board of Animal Health (board) and the processing occurs at a facility operated by a person holding a valid license issued by the board. Requires the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and the Purdue University College of Agriculture to study the impact of local land use ordinances on the construction of buildings or other structures used in the breeding, feeding, and housing of livestock. Makes certain changes to the exemptions to the food establishment requirements concerning eggs and poultry.