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  • Government agencies share ways they assist growers
    Representatives from government agencies talked to farmers at the Indiana Horticultural Congress. They discussed grants, disaster relief funds and other programs available to farmers who meet the requirements.
  • Connecting farmers with consumers
    Not that long ago, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat and Twitter were just words with no real significance, but today these five apps are considered the kings of social media.
  • Environmental rule limits advance in Indiana
    Legislation that would prohibit Indiana state agencies from enacting tougher environmental rules and standards than the federal government narrowly won the backing of a state House committee following a discussion that invoked the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
  • USDA funds water quality projects
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high-priority watersheds the Mississippi River Basin, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.
  • Sweet and lowdown on bees, honey
    If you ask Winnie the Pooh what the purpose of raising honeybees is, his answer would be simple: so you can eat the delicious honey.
  • Illinois Soybean trade mission to Asia opens doors
    Did you know that nearly half of the more than 500 million bushels of soybeans grown in Illinois last year were exported, which put about $2 billion back in farmers’ pockets? Clearly, foreign buyers are one of our best markets.
  • Iowa vote is a wake-up call
    I am relieved that I’m not the only one who is in wonder at the claims by pro-ethanol groups that more than 80 percent of the votes cast in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses were cast for pro-Renewable Fuel Standard candidates. Ted Cruz won the GOP caucus and was loudly anti-ethanol during his travels throughout Iowa.
  • Feds own too much land
    The weather, the presidential election, cattle and commodity prices and government overreach are the topics that come up in almost every conversation I have with farmers. The order of importance varies depending upon the farmer and the most recent event associated with those topics.
  • State FFA president to speak at conference
    Kenzie Kretzmeier, the Indiana FFA president, believes the future of agriculture looks bright for men and women alike.
  • Grocery prices escape avian flu impact
    Avian influenza that led to the culling of 414,000 turkeys and chickens at southern Indiana commercial poultry farms is having little effect on prices of turkey and eggs at grocery stores, a Purdue University agricultural economist said.
  • Efforts against avian flu continue
    Although tests in the Dubois County avian influenza incident continue to prove negative, much more work still must be completed before this event can be considered over, Indiana State Veterinarian Bret Marsh said.
  • Set vision, hit your farm’s books in 2016
    This year may prove to be a challenging one on many farms. Many farmers feel they’re facing major questions or tough situations that they haven’t faced in a long time, or maybe haven’t ever faced.
  • Farmer’s experience shows proof in the soil
    During the Winter Seminar hosted by AgriEnergy Resources, Jim Mitchell, who farms near Eaton, Ohio, talked about his biological farming journey that he started about 26 years ago.
  • Pork crisis alert to be sent via text
    The National Pork Board introduced a pork industry crisis text news service, Pork Crisis Alert, which will immediately deliver essential information to U.S. pork producers in the event of a major industry-wide emergency.
  • Animal health, nutrition on tap at pork conference
    Pork producers will get the latest information on animal health, nutrition and other vital topics at the Southern Indiana Pork Conference.



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