Agriculture/Farming

Developer pushing central Indiana wind farm plans

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A developer has slightly scaled back plans for a central Indiana wind farm as the company tries to win approval from county officials for the estimated $300 million project.
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Westfield Farmers Market pulls plug on 2013 season

May 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Organizers at the not-for-profit Downtown Westfield Association on Wednesday said the open-air market near City Hall will not operate this year. It had been scheduled for Friday evenings from June to September.
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Indiana farmers catching up on some planting

May 14, 2013
Associated Press
A weekly report says 30 percent of Indiana's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 8 percent the week before, but still off the 5-year average of 54 percent.
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Greenfield plant transforms waste into fertilizer

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the Greenfield's wastewater treatment facility.
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Indiana's honey bee colonies see 30-percent drop

May 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's honey bee populations are taking a hit from a mysterious disorder that's devastating bee colonies across the nation.
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Indiana farmers still far behind planting corn crop

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government's weekly crop report says 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, well behind the 82 percent planted by the same time last year.
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Ag experts advising patience for Indiana corn farmers

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
As of Sunday, farmers in Indiana had planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Dow AgroSciences grows sales, earnings to new heights

April 25, 2013
Mason King, Bloomberg News
Record sales for seeds and new crop protection products helped boost revenue 14 percent at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC in its new fiscal year.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Business videotaping ban clears Indiana House panel

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Taking videos and photos at Indiana farms and factories without permission would be a crime under a proposal endorsed 9-3 Thursday by the House agriculture committee.
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GOP strategist Matalin speaks out against 'ag-gag' bill

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Republican pundit Mary Matalin is among several celebrities lobbying Indiana lawmakers to oppose a bill banning filming at farms and factories.
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Indiana crop insurance payouts for 2012 losses top $1B

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University said Tuesday that Indiana farmers received payouts for 2012 corn, soybean and wheat losses that are nearly twice as much as the previous record of $522 million in 2008.
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High court seems to favor Monsanto in patent case

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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High-stakes fight over soybeans at high court

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
The court case poses the question of an Indiana farmer's actions violated the patent rights held by Monsanto, which developed seeds that survive when farmers spray their fields with Roundup weed-killer. The seeds dominate agriculture, including in Indiana, where more than 90 percent of soybeans are Roundup Ready.
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Indiana officials look to boost agriculture research

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state's agriculture department under new Gov. Mike Pence is planning a push into the science behind food production by trying to build a network of university and commercial researchers for what's being called an Agriculture Innovation Corridor.
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BioTown still dependent on grid eight years later

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
Eight years after being nicknamed Biotown USA, the town of Reynolds is as dependent on the energy grid as it ever was, and is likely to become more so.
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Feds criticize Indiana education program for migrant children

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana never spent millions of dollars the federal government provided to help make sure the children of migrant workers get a good education, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Indiana farmers fear estate tax changes

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers say they have a lot to lose should the nation go over the so-called fiscal cliff, a set of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in January unless the White House and Republicans negotiate a compromise.
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Citizens plans new unit to sell liquefied natural gas

December 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group’s multistate transportation and industrial fueling subsidiary would market the gas as an alternative vehicle fuel.
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Drought no obstacle to record income for U.S. farms

November 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Even after the worst drought in a half-century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Green BEAN Delivery expands with second farmRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The locally based purveyor of organic produce is leasing 50 acres in Ohio to serve its customers in that state, Indiana and Kentucky.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Farmland prices going up in much of Indiana

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
A September study by Purdue University found farmland prices were as much as 18 percent higher than in 2011, and some appraisers say they continue to go up.
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Dow AgroSciences prevails in patent-infringement case

September 28, 2012
The lawsuit, filed in December 2010 by Bayer CropScience SA, charged that Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences' herbicide-tolerance technology infringed one of its patents.
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