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Kron, Smoker Meet with Vice President

Published: Friday, April 12, 2019

Two Indiana Farm Bureau leaders were privileged to meet with Vice President Mike Pence last Thursday during his visit to a central Indiana farm.

INFB President Randy Kron and Jacob Smoker of LaPorte County were among several Indiana Farm Bureau leaders who met with the former Indiana governor to discuss trade and other topics.

"The trade situation has been at the forefront of farmers' minds for over a year now, and as we enter planting season, it's still a big concern," said Kron. "Having a chance to tell the vice president how the trade disputes have impacted farmers in Indiana was invaluable. It's critical that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement passes in Congress and that positive momentum is made in the other trade conversations happening now."

Smoker, who serves as chair of Indiana Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ag Professionals Committee, said the opportunity to meet with a sitting vice presi-dent was "a tremendous opportunity."

He and other farmers talked to Pence about the importance of trade to farmers living in Indiana and throughout the United States.

"Young farmers, like all farmers, rely on strong trade relationships to build a sense of certainty going forward and as a foundation to help us secure operating lines," Smoker said.

The meeting was held at Lamb Farms Inc. in Boone County.

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