INDIANAPOLIS — Justin Schneider has been named senior policy advisor and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau.

Until his promotion, Schneider was one of IFB’s staff attorneys. In his new position, he is responsible for implementing IFB policy with respect to environmental, natural resource and water issues.

“I use legislative, regulatory and legal strategies to achieve the results our members seek,” he said.

The senior policy advisor and counsel position directly benefits IFB members, especially farmers, who need a voice in discussions about protecting the environment and natural resources, Schneider said.

“Farmers need a voice to tell of the good things they do and for someone to fight on their behalf to ensure that regulations pass the common sense test,” he said.

A native of Jackson County, Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management at Purdue University and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law, during which time he interned at IFB.

After college, he was a judicial law clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals before coming to IFB in October 2005 as staff attorney. During those eight years, he said he has enjoyed “working on challenging issues that position agriculture to be in a better place tomorrow than it is today.”

IFB recently announced the addition of two staff members to its public policy team.

Kyle Cline began his duties as the national government relations policy advisor. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from IU.

Cline was the general manager for the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. Most recently, he completed a year as a fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany.

While at the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, Cline managed all day-to-day operations, including communications and external/government relations, proposal development, program/project management, budget administration, event planning and report preparation.

He was a co-founder of the LCRE Policy, Economics and Law Working Group that researched state and national policy developments related to renewable energy.

Cline will lead IFB’s government relations efforts with Indiana’s congressional delegation and work with members and county Farm Bureaus to implement policy at the national level.

Amy Cornell started with IFB as the policy advisor and counsel for state government relations. She will play a key role in IFB’s state government relations efforts and will work with members and county Farm Bureaus to implement policy at the state level.

Most recently, Cornell served as the director of policy and regulatory affairs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. She was responsible for implementing ISDA policy objectives prior to and during the legislative session.

Cornell also worked to address the legal and regulatory challenges facing agriculture, including the confined feeding rule, fertilizer use rule and agriculture sales tax exemptions. And she was the executive director of the Indiana Land Resources Council, a group appointed by the governor to assist state and local decision makers with land use tools and policies.

Cornell is not new to IFB. She was a law clerk for the organization and has served in a number of professional and volunteer capacities with Farm Bureau staff.

Cornell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue, a juris doctorate from the IU School of Law and master of laws degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.