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  • Indiana FFA exceeds 10,000 members
    Indiana FFA has reached a milestone by exceeding 10,000 members, something that hasn’t occurred in more than 30 years. Membership has steadily increased each year, said Steve Hickey, director of leadership programs. “It is great for our state,” he said. 
  • Advocating for agriculture isn’t new for FFA state president
    Brittany Young was meant to be an ambassador for FFA. With her passion for all things agriculture, it’s not hard to see why she is this year’s Indiana FFA state president. The Hope native, much like the six other state officers, has had little to no down time since being elected in June at the state convention. 
  • Cell signaling pathway linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes
    A Purdue University study shows that Notch signaling, a key biological pathway tied to development and cell communication, also plays an important role in the onset of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, a discovery that offers new targets for treatment. 
  • The man behind Pioneer Village: Mauri Williamson
    Visitors of the Indiana State Fair who see Mauri Williamson also likely will see a number of people stop and shake his hand or share a story with him. The well-known Hoosier founded Pioneer Village and served as executive secretary of the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association for 40 years. 
  • Pioneer Village gives visitors glimpse of earlier days
    Arriving at Pioneer Village on the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a lot like stepping back in time. In addition to the sounds of the old-time music being played, there are sights of quilters, woodwrights and blacksmiths busy at work and the taste of the maple syrup and potato doughnuts. 
  • Abbott becomes Purdue Extension associate director
    Angela Abbott, leader of Purdue Extension’s health and human sciences program, has been appointed associate director of Purdue Extension. The appointment, effective immediately, was announced by Extension Director Jason Henderson. 
  • Deere to lay off 600
    Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kan. 
  • Artesian hybrids convert water to grain more effectively
    Water, the most critical input to producing a successful crop, is variable and unpredictable in its availability from field to field, and even acre to acre. Growers can better manage weather conditions and optimize the conversion of water to grain by planting Artesian corn hybrids from Syngenta. 
  • Syngenta delivers two new winter wheat varieties
    As 2014 winter wheat planting season approaches in the eastern Corn Belt, Syngenta reminds growers to implement sound management practices and select varieties with consistent performance and superior genetics. 
  • Seed company puts customers first, profits second
    A Beck’s Hybrids employee who recently drove for hours to deliver two bags of seed to a farmer wasn’t thinking of the bottom line. But that type of behavior is exactly what company President Sonny Beck is looking for. 
  • Beck’s buys production facility in Iowa
    Beck’s Hybrids announced the purchase of the former DuPont Pioneer production facility in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The 62-acre site in Henry County will provide Beck’s with seed-processing capabilities, expanded warehouse space, as well as sales and agronomic support. 
  • Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable
    Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows. 
  • Farms seen as ground zero for healthy soil and conservation
    Two Hendricks County farmers know the importance of conservation and have been practicing it for years. Mike Starkey has had no-till beans and no-till corn since 2000. In addition to that, 2,800 acres have had cover crop for the past 10 years. 
  • Conservation groups tackle hot topics
    Soil health was the topic on everyone’s mind during a special conservation forum and tour in Indianapolis. 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. It may not be an early harvest. 

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