Lieutenant governor candidates to debate farm issues

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The three candidates for Indiana's lieutenant governor are meeting to debate farm issues.

Democrat Vi Simpson, Libertarian Brad Klopfenstein and Republican Sue Ellspermann plan to meet Wednesday afternoon at the state fair. The debate is being hosted by the AgriInstitute.

Farm issues play a central role in the duties of Indiana's lieutenant governor, who also serves as the state's agriculture secretary.

Outgoing Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman has taken a lead role responding to Indiana's ongoing drought. The drought has damaged crops throughout Indiana and forced many farmers to sell off their livestock much earlier than planned.

Ellspermann, Klopfenstein and Simpson are running on tickets looking to succeed Skillman and Gov. Mitch Daniels. Daniels is barred by law from seeking a third-term.
 

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