Farm Bureau adviser honored for excellence

Tribune staff reports

Justin Schneider, senior policy adviser and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau, has been honored by the American Agricultural Law Association with its Excellence in Agricultural Law Award.

The Brownstown native was recognized for his outstanding contributions to agricultural law in the area of non-government organization service for his policy work on behalf of the farmer members of Indiana Farm Bureau and his leadership and service to the association, according to a news release from Indiana Farm Bureau.

“I think Justin does an excellent job of trying to come up with practical solutions for problems and concerns of his farmer members in Farm Bureau, as well as AALA. To me, this is one of the top qualities of a good leader,” his nominator said.

The national membership association focuses on the legal needs of the agricultural community. The awards ceremony was conducted in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting Oct. 23 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock said Schneider is well-respected in Indiana’s legislative and regulatory circles, especially for his work in water resources and nutrient management.

In addition to receiving the award, Schneider is now serving a term as president-elect of the national association.

Indiana Farm Bureau was established in 1919 to help protect the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers.