Agriculture/Farming

All 92 Indiana counties now farming disaster areas

August 16, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government has now declared all 92 Indiana counties as agricultural disaster areas following the state's worst drought in decades.
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USDA slashes corn outlook as drought takes toll

August 10, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government on Friday drastically cut its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states.
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Livestock farmers still seeking pause in ethanol production

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the EPA waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. The Obama administration sees no need for a waiver.
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Pence wants more farm promotion, technology

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's Republican running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Sue Ellspermann, said Tuesday the state should do more to promote Indiana farm exports. She's also calling for a joint venture in developing new agriculture technology.
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Next up for Indiana biotech: Feed the world

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Even though the potential payoff for health care innovation is less certain these days, the business case for new ways to produce more food has never been stronger. That’s the analysis that lies behind BioCrossroads' new report an agricultural innovation.
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Indiana farmer puts purchases on hold as drought breeds doubt

August 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
A combination of little rain and record heat has roasted corn crops, dried up ponds and streams and caused farmers to postpone purchases of everything from grain bins to smartphones.
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Farmers to get advice on coping with crop losses

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers worried about what to do with their withered corn crops will gather in Vigo County this week to discuss crop insurance, cattle feeding options, and other topics related to the drought. Purdue University agricultural experts say some crops already are beyond saving.
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Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
Small fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought. Some have lost crops, and sales at farmers markets are down.
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Groups ask for ethanol law break as corn hits record

July 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
Livestock and poultry producers formally asked the Obama administration Monday to suspend the nation’s renewable fuels standard because it is causing “severe economic harm” as corn prices surged to a record.
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Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf.
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Indiana farmers unload livestock as drought continues

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
The ongoing drought is taking its toll on Indiana livestock farmers as they liquidate their inventories.
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USDA: Rain likely too late for most of Indiana's corn

July 19, 2012
Associated Press
A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state's corn crop is in such bad shape that this week's rainfall likely won't boost yields.
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USDA official to visit Indiana farms amid drought

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse will travel to Indiana on Wednesday and Thursday to tour drought-stricken farm fields in Allen and White counties in northern Indiana and Johnson County south of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis nears record for driest 45-day period

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
If the forecast for no rain on Monday holds up, the 45-day rainfall total would match a stretch in August and September 1908 that's the city's driest since the weather service started keeping records in the 1870s.
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USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by drought

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop. Indiana and Illinois have been particularly hard hit.
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Drought brings added challenges for not-for-profit farms

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
The parched conditions have forced staff and volunteers at dozens of not-for-profit farms and community gardens to struggle with problems as basic as finding water.
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Drought deals blow to ethanol industryRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s 13 plants distilling the automotive fuel ethanol could soon be sputtering as drought dries up the supply and boosts the price of corn, their main ingredient.
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Purdue: Food price increases likely after long drought

July 5, 2012
Associated Press
The persistent hot, dry weather has hit farm production in Indiana, the nation's fifth-largest producer of corn, harder than any other major corn and soybean producing state.
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Drought could have mixed impact for Indiana farmers

July 2, 2012
Associated Press
Agriculture experts say some Indiana farmers are already facing big crop losses because of this summer's drought.
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Drought sets records for Indianapolis, Evansville

July 2, 2012
Associated Press
Last month was the driest June on record for Indianapolis and Evansville, the National Weather Service says. Weather service figures show both cities received less than half as much rain as their previous records.
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Heat wave wilting corn supplies, boosting prices

June 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Corn supplies in the United States, the world’s biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world’s largest harvest for a third consecutive year.
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Indianapolis fighting spread of ash borer in parks

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Crews are treating ash trees in Indianapolis' city parks to combat the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
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Purdue Extension starts food-hub discussion in central Indiana

June 5, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Spawned at least in part by the “eat local” and organic-food movements, the regional facilities provide one-stop shops for consumers and farmers alike.
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Indiana's corn crop faces stress from heat, drought

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
An agricultural expert says Indiana's recent hot, dry weather is likely taking a toll on the state's young corn crop.
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New Dow, Monsanto crop needs study, vegetable growers say

April 18, 2012
A coalition of vegetable growers, including one from Indiana that contains Red Gold Inc., wants U.S. regulators to study the potential damage facing their fields from a new generation of herbicide-tolerant crops.
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  2. If you only knew....

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