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  • Record land values make buying decisions tougher
    The increase in crop and livestock prices have generated significant profits for many farmers, which some are using to buy land. Growing demand has driven land values to record highs in many areas. Whether farmers are using cash or borrowing money, buying land should include a well-researched financial plan. 
  • DuPont Pioneer to build new soy research facility
    DuPont Pioneer announced plans to build a $35 million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark. The nearly 134,000-square-foot facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is expected to be completed in 2016, with room for future expansion. 
  • Three Indiana soybean checkoff directors elected
    Three new directors were elected to the Indiana Soybean Alliance board and will start their terms in December to help direct checkoff programs that drive the success of Indiana’s soybean industry. 
  • CPA: Include goals, philosophies in farm estate plans
    Farmers must start with their end goals when planning to pass their farms to the next generation, a certified public accountant told American Farm Bureau Federation members attending a workshop. 
  • Millions worldwide benefit from USDA food program
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year. 
  • Utzinger Garden workshop promotes local foods
    When planning your next meal, why not think local? That’s one message Susan Broidy hopes participants will take away from the “Local Foods for Thought” presentation during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. 
  • Expert to offer grain outlook
    With high corn, wheat and soybean yields anticipated this year due to exceptional summer growing conditions, 2014 looks to be a record year for crop production, according to an economist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 
  • Farm bill Q&A sessions scheduled
    With the passage of the 2014 farm bill, changes are coming to crop safety net programs, said an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 
  • Farm Science Review to focus on technology and innovation
    Information on agricultural technologies and innovation awaits growers and producers who attend this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. 
  • Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund talks continue
    Indiana Grain Indemnity Corp. board members are looking at increasing the indemnity fund. 
  • Pence highlights agriculture at Before the Harvest event
    Farmers and political leaders in Indiana gathered recently for the inaugural Before the Harvest celebration. 
  • Deere introduces significant product launch
    John Deere launched one of its most significant product introductions for 2015. “This product launch is not only significant to John Deere, but I would argue it is perhaps the most comprehensive product introduction we’ve ever had,” said John Lagemann. 
  • CountryMark unveils interactive exhibits
    Interactive, museum-like exhibits about the oil refining process and the history of CountryMark, an oil exploration, production and refining company, are on display at a new facility. 
  • Coffee fungus boosts prices for high-end blends
    The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. 
  • ISDA looks at state’s food hub needs
    The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is looking at the possibility of a statewide network of regional food hubs. 

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