The Indy Star | The EATS Act Threatens Indiana Farmers. Mike Braun Should Oppose It.

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May 16, 2024

As an egg company in Indiana, I am deeply concerned about the potential inclusion of the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act, or similar language, in the federal farm bill. This legislation, if passed, would have devastating consequences for Indiana farmers and the state’s agricultural industries.

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun has consistently been a champion for the state’s farmers and rural communities. His advocacy for policies that support agricultural prosperity has earned him the respect and admiration of many in the state. That’s why it’s critical that he stand with Indiana producers once again and reject the inclusion of the EATS Act, or anything like it, in the farm bill.

The EATS Act, with its broad reach and sweeping implications, poses a significant threat to the autonomy of state and local governments in setting agricultural regulations. By eliminating state and local legislative powers to promulgate standards on production, this legislation would undermine Indiana’s ability to protect the interests of the state’s farmers and consumers.

This federal legislation threatens to void the outcome of state-level elections, like those that have established common sense animal husbandry standards and created new market opportunities in the agricultural sector. Egg farmers and pork producers have made significant investments to comply with these standards. In transitioning their facilities, farmers are creating a host of jobs that boost the rural economy.

Legislation on the order of the EATS Act would be an economic disaster that would threaten the financial wellbeing of our industries and communities.