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  • Q&A with Ted McKinney, ISDA director
    The Indiana Grown Commission held its fourth meeting recently to discuss logistics and fee structures for the program. State leaders decided to revamp the Indiana Grown program this year in response to high demand for locally produced food. 
  • You can improve soil fertility
    Having the correct balance of nutrients is something farmers think about often. Without proper nutrients, row crops suffer in quality and yield. 
  • Farmers see impact of soy checkoff’s efforts
    Ten U.S. soybean farmers participated in the United Soybean Board’s 2014 See for Yourself program to learn about their customers beyond the elevator and the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy to those customers. 
  • Seed coating company plans Indiana facility
    Summit Seed Coatings Indiana LLC, a custom traditional and organic seed-coating company, announced plans to locate its first Midwest facility here, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2017. 
  • Purdue Arboretum offers online database of plants on campus
    Purdue University is rolling out an online interactive database of the campuswide Purdue Arboretum for students and visitors to enhance their learning and appreciation for plants and the environment. 
  • Calculate soybean seed decisions
    Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started. 
  • Corn storage challenges farmers this year
    Farmers might be storing this year’s bumper corn crop in unconventional ways while they wait for prices to rise. But this can reduce yield before and after harvest due to delayed maturity. 
  • Soy buyers prefer predictability of U.S. shipments
    Some international buyers prefer U.S. soy to that from top competitors Brazil and Argentina because they can count on it reaching them in a timely manner, according to a new soy checkoff-funded study. 
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the U.S., this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said. 
  • New programs to help farmers manage risk
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. 
  • ‘Robofish’ to aid Great Lakes study
    Michigan State University is using a $1 million federal grant to build a better robofish that can observe the feeding and migration habits of trout, walleye, sturgeon and other Great Lakes aquatic species. 
  • USDA anticipates record-shattering crops
    Big crops got bigger in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest corn and soybean production estimates. Corn production is forecast at 14.5 billion bushels, up less than 1 percent from the last month’s forecast and 4 percent above 2013. 
  • No shockers in USDA production estimates
    There was no fodder for the bulls nor the bears in the latest crop production and supply and demand estimates. “There weren’t a whole lot of surprises. Everything came in exactly what we were looking for,” said Peter Georgantones, analyst with Roy E. Abbot Futures. 
  • Corn stocks add up amid record estimates
    Corn stocks turned upward and the soybean surplus was reduced in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s world supply and demand estimates released recently. 
  • Agribusiness initiative kicks off in Whitley County
    A rural community in northern Indiana hopes to increase agricultural opportunities and support both small- and large-scale operations through an agribusiness initiative. 

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