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  • Poultry producer ramps up biosecurity
    Phil Overdorf takes great pride in what he does as a poultry farmer. The Tipton native always knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer, and today he can’t imagine doing anything else. 
  • Gaar Mansion offers glimpse of Richmond history
    Tour guide Margaret Wotherspoon is saddened whenever she hears Richmond residents say they’ve never been inside the Gaar Mansion, especially if they’ve lived here for a long time. “The history is just so important,” Wotherspoon said. 
  • School’s out for would-be teachers
    School districts across Indiana are having trouble finding people to fill open teaching positions as the number of teacher licenses issued by the state has dropped by nearly 90 percent in recent years. 
  • Iowa State cancels farm classes to avoid bird flu
    To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. 
  • Indiana quarry discharge worries Illinois river watchers
    A new limestone quarry in northwest Indiana has permits allowing the discharge of water into a tributary of the Kankakee River, raising concerns in Illinois about fish habitat and flooding. 
  • Indiana OKs solar power pacts
    Indiana regulators have approved agreements allowing Duke Energy to purchase 20 megawatts of power from four solar farms in the works around the state, including one that will built atop a former federal Superfund site. 
  • What are the top ag issues in Indiana?
    There are plenty of pressing issues that farmers, government agencies and farm organizations are concerned with this summer. From struggling crops to avian influenza, the list is extensive. 
  • Indiana expects lower yields than 2014
    Flooded fields in June and July led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to predict drops in corn and soybean yields compared to 2014 in Indiana. 
  • Avian flu still concerns farmers
    Although the last case of avian influenza was detected in Iowa about two months ago, those in the poultry industry still are worried. By the middle of June, more than 200 cases of the disease were identified in 15 different states. 
  • Reporters sample state fair cuisine classics
    For many, the Indiana State Fair isn’t complete without the tasty treats. Lemon shakeups, funnel cakes, pretzels and various kinds of meat on a stick have become fair food staples. 
  • Vice president to seek top job
    Randy Kron, currently vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, announced he will be a candidate for president of the organization. This announcement followed Don Villwock’s decision to retire from his current position as IFB president and run for president of the American Farm Bureau Association. 
  • River-Friendly Farmer award given to 48 Hoosiers
    A ceremony honoring 48 conservation-minded farmers took place Aug. 19 during the Indiana State Fair. The River-Friendly Farmer Award recognizes farmers for the management practices that help keep rivers, lakes and streams safe and clean. 
  • Indiana’s oldest, largest winery keeps growing
    At Oliver Winery, good wines start with healthy soils, fresh fruit and clean production processes. By picking the best fruits and developing wines with distinct flavors, the winemakers at Oliver have created a nationwide fan base. 
  • Indiana winery earns top honors
    Judges from the INDY International Wine Competition voted an Indianapolis wine “Wine of the Year.” Easley Winery won top honors for its Traminette — a wine made from Indiana’s signature grape. The wine beat out more than 2,000 other entries for the honor. 
  • Catch up with the Hadleys
    Roger and Vickie Hadley, winners of the Indiana Farm Family of the Year award presented by AgriNews and Beck’s Hybrids, have had a busy summer. On June 11, Amanda and Darin Hadley, Roger’s son and daughter-in-law, welcomed Clara Jean into the world. 

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