State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) has received the “Emerging Leader Award” from the Indiana Farm Bureau.
In presenting the award to the legislator, Farm Bureau President Randy Kron and Justin Schneider, the group’s director of state government relations, said Rep. Hatfield’s interest in issues that regularly face rural Indiana is keen and his willingness to learn more to benefit agriculture statewide is helpful.
“He is someone I have been able to engage in debates about the legal issues that surround various legislation of interest to the Farm Bureau,” Schneider said. “He is accessible and a diligent worker on policy issues.”
Farm Bureau officials credited Rep. Hatfield for his work on legislation affecting broadband expansion in rural Indiana. The lawmaker played a key role in settling some legal concerns about the proposal.
“I am grateful to receive this recognition from Indiana Farm Bureau,” Rep. Hatfield remarked. “I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of Indiana’s vital agricultural industry, including expanding broadband into every square mile of our state.”