|Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs HB 1267 into law while FTCLDF members Pete Eshelman, Jeff Hawkins, Zach Hawkins, and others look on
Photo courtesy of Kyle Miron
The Indiana State Poultry Association, the nonprofit Indiana Pork, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Farm Bureau, Purdue University Extension, the Indiana Board of Animal Health, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Agriculture all supported legislation that would have prohibited the sale of “uninspected” on-farm processed poultry direct to restaurants and other establishments, all because one farmer, Jeff Hawkins, obtained a grant of exemption from the State Board of Animal Health enabling him to sell to restaurants. Hawkins, his son Zach, and farmer/restaurant owner Pete Eshelman lead the fight against the legislation through a social media campaign and through meeting with legislators. Ultimately, the Indiana legislature passed HB 1267, a bill that not only allows the sale of on-farm processed poultry to restaurants but also to schools. Yesterday, there was a ceremonial signing of the bill at Eshelman’s farm.
FTCLDF consulted on the legislation. Congratulations to FTCLDF members Jeff Hawkins, Zach Hawkins and Pete Eshelman for their hard work and success.
For more, see “Who’s Afraid of Hawkins Family Farm?” and “Chicken Back on the Menu: Victory for FTCLDF Members in Indiana”
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Services provided by FTCLDF go beyond providing legal representation for members in court cases.
Educational and Political Action Services also provide an avenue for FTCLDF to build grassroots activism to create the most favorable regulatory climate possible. In addition to advising on bill language, FTCLDF supports favorable legislation via action alerts, social media outreach, and the online petition service.
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