Category Archives: Indiana Farm News

Midwest Needs Farm Bill

Farmers across the Midwest and the Corn Belt are in desperate need of a new farm bill, farm advocacy groups argue, and continued congressional delays and partisan infighting will only hurt the farm sector and the overall economy. For the last two years, the farm bill has been stalled in...
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Midwestern Farmers Embrace Sustainable Energy

Dairy farmers in northwestern Indiana are embracing new sustainable energy systems that recycle farm and animal waste into energy production, a process farmers hope will lower production costs and create a better, more ecologically sound future. For the past several years, farmers and agricultural organizations have been focused on transforming energy production in the United States....
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Farm Success Undermines Farm Bill

Despite the best efforts of farmers and farm advocacy groups, the 2013 Farm Bill remains stalled in Congress and is no closer to passing than it was a year ago. While the failure of the farm bill can partly be attributed to a hyper-partisan Congress, it is also the result of the overwhelming success of...
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Stimulus Package Helps Indiana Farmers

With $28 billion set aside for USDA spending from the economic stimulus package, Indiana farmers will be impacted in great ways. According to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, $145 million will be loaned out directly to farmers for various specified uses. "These will go to a little over 2,000 operators throughout the country to allow them to...
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Growing Wind Farms!

Benton County, Indiana will soon be home to a 400-megawatt wind farm. Dominion Resources, a power company, is planning to generate enough electricity for 120,000 homes on The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm. The farm is located about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis and may even grow as big as 750 MW. Dominion and...
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Indiana Corn Crops Suffer With Global Warming

A study released by the Environmental America Research & Policy Center said Indiana corn farmers will lose an estimated $98 million a year as temperatures rise from global warming. The $98 million is part of the $1.4 billion future losses farmers will face due to climate change. Since 1981 it is estimated that farmers...
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Wind Farm is on its Way!

Construction is underway for one of the biggest wind farm projects in Indiana. The main components for the Meadow Lake Wind Farm arrived at the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor on June 2 and are being transported to the location of the farm. 30 power generators and turbine hubs are making their way to...
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Cool Weather Postpones Crops

Indiana temperatures have been four to 10 degrees cooler than normal, damaging a few soybean fields across the state. The cooler temperatures have also had an affect on the corn crops that are just about to reach maturity according to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Although there is slight...
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Indiana Farm Bureau Speaks Out

Congress is trying to pass a property tax cap amendment to the state constitution and The Indiana Farm Bureau is standing strongly against it. The change to the state's constitution would lock property tax for homes at one percent and farmland at two percent. However, there is also a three percent...
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Monsato Seeks Scholarship Applicants

The 2011 Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships. These scholarships are intended for high school seniors from farming families who wish to enter agriculture-related programs from accredited colleges and universities. This includes agricultural science, agri-business, veterinary or other related fields. The money is from the National...
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Scholarships Available to Adults in Leadership Program

Adults returning to school to pursue a future in agriculture or to brush up on related skills can apply for one of two scholarship from the Indiana Farm Bureau District 3. Those in Cass, Clinton, Jasper, Newton, Tippecanoe and White counties are eligible for said scholarships. These students must be over 21, in college and a...
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Corn Crops’ Record Year

According to the USDA Crop Production report, this year's Indiana state corn crop will be a record breaker. The crop will not only be large in production, but also high in average of bushels per acre. The USDA took ear counts in August, but the numbers are not released state-by-state. So...
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Pork Industry Impacted by Swine Flu

A struggling pork industry is bracing themselves for more hardships. According to Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University, Indiana hog farmers have been losing money every quarter over the last year and half, and it the problem is increasing as the swine flu scare lingers in everyone's minds. Hurt said hog...
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AEP Purchases an Additional Wind Farm

Wind farms are having a huge impact on agriculture. Many farms are turning to wind turbines to make extra money and credits. Large electric companies are buying into the trend and bringing business to new farms. American Electric Power has sealed a deal to bring 100 megawatts of wind power to Ohio. The company, based out...
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