Agriculture/Farming

Plunging corn prices bring new strategies on farms

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
A December survey by ag publication Farm Futures indicated a coming 3-percent reduction in corn acreage from last year, with a nearly 8-percent hike in acreage for soybeans.
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Proposed hunting, fishing amendment to start over

January 28, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that would protect Hoosiers’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife – but without language to protect farming that was included three years ago.
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Lawmakers advance bill allowing industrial hemp crops

January 24, 2014
Associated Press
Hemp plants could start appearing in Indiana fields if a state Senate bill to allow growing the crop gains support from lawmakers.
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Senate passes bill to protect agricultural rights

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 186 provides that it is the responsibility of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. The goal is to guide the courts to interpret state laws to be sympathetic toward farmers.
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Committee strips down, passes ag-gag bill

January 21, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
A Senate committee watered down a bill Tuesday that was meant to stop secret videography and photography of farming operations.
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Bill would bolster Hoosier homegrown products

January 16, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1039 – approved unanimously Thursday by the Agriculture and Rural Development committee – is meant to bolster a program that brands Indiana-grown produce and meat.
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Changes to farm-trespassing bill delay vote

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate Criminal Law Committee delayed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday amid a flurry of proposed amendments.
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Steele removes farming from proposed hunting, fishing amendment

January 13, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
Sen. Brent Steele's proposed amendment passed its first round in 2011, but needed approval this year to go on the ballot for ratification by voters. Now, with new language, the process will start over.
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Baggott leaves Compendium, goes whole-hog on food industry

January 13, 2014
Dan Human
The local tech titan and co-founder of ExactTarget has cut ties with his latest software venture to concentrate on his livestock and corn operations, plus a restaurant he just purchased in Greenfield.
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Indiana considers amendment that could shield industrial farms

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
The bill’s sponsors say it's a way to keep non-farmers, including national animal rights groups, from meddling in the state’s rural interests.
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Corn pile biggest since 1994 as crop overwhelms use

January 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Stockpiles of corn in the United States, the world’s top grower, are rising at the fastest pace in 19 years as a record crop overwhelms increased demand for the grain used to make livestock feed and ethanol.
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Storm a big blow to Indiana dairy operation's finances

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
The cows are braving the cold at Fair Oaks Farms, but the milk they're producing is going down the drain because it couldn't be delivered.
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Government might deregulate corn, soybean seeds

January 3, 2014
Associated Press
The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer. The new seeds, developed by Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences, would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives.
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Residents raise stink over transfer of landfill permit

December 11, 2013
Dan Human
The state's environmental office has agreed to transfer a landfill permit to the new owner of a Madison County property at the center of a decades-long dispute.
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Green BEAN to grow in Louisville after competitor closes

December 5, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based produce and groceries distributor has acquired a list of hundreds of customers and vendors in the area who are losing their current service.
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Business veteran to direct Indiana agriculture agency

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Ted McKinney, who grew up on a family farm in Tipton County, will replace Gina Sheets, who's leaving after a year on the job to do mission work in Liberia.
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IDEM: Buy real Christmas trees to support farmers

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is urging Hoosiers to help farmers, the environment and the economy by buying Indiana-grown Christmas trees this year instead of artificial ones.
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Nation's green-power push has secret, dirty costs

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
The consequences from the ethanol era are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its economic benefits to the farming industry.
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Environmentalists targeting ag lawsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
The Hoosier Environmental Council has targeted food safety, animal rights and the environmental impact the corporate livestock industry has in Indiana.
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DowAgrosciences cultivates sales record, but profit withers

October 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Despite a boost in third-quarter revenue due to crop-protection products, profit for the local unit of Dow Chemical tumbled more than 71 percent.
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Board backs site for $2.1B Indiana fertilizer plant

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
Posey County's Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday approved a permit for the project on 219 acres of farmland in an industrial area near Mount Vernon.
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Dow Agro wins latest patent case involving Enlist product

October 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The suit, filed in January 2012 by South African-based Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Dow Agro’s Enlist E3 soybean seed infringed one of its patents.
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Sides speak out in hearing over so-called ag-gag bill

September 26, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The debate before the Economic Development Study Committee comes five months after House Speaker Brian Bosma killed a bill that would have made it a crime to secretly shoot photos or video on private property with the goal of harming a business.
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Purdue uncorks web series on Indiana wine industry

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Series organizer Natalie van Hoose says "Indiana's wine industry may be small, but it's really quite remarkable."
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Indiana corn deteriorating under hot, dry conditions

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
A Purdue Extension corn specialist says the combination of dry weather and extreme heat during critical weeks for kernel-weight development is causing Indiana's once-thriving corn crop to decline.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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