Agriculture/Farming

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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Indiana farmers tempted to plant early by warm spring

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Many farmers across Indiana have been weighing whether to take advantage of this spring's warm weather and plant their crops earlier than usual. Doing so, however, would put them at risk.
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Lower crop reserves raising food costs in election year

April 9, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn stockpiles are poised to be the smallest in 16 years by August and soybean reserves will be lower than the government expected, potentially accelerating food-price inflation in an election year.
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EPA moves closer to approval of 15-percent ethanol gas

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of fuel containing 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers.
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Indiana fruit growers hope cold stays away after heat

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana fruit growers whose trees were lured into blooming weeks ahead of normal by a March heat wave surveyed their orchards Tuesday following a night of freezing or near-freezing temperatures that threatened the trees' tender blossoms.
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Corn crop could be 'huge' on warm weather, economist says

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Corn production in the United States, the world’s biggest shipper of the grain, will be “huge” as warm weather encourages farmers to plant early to avoid the risk of late-season frost damage, economist Dennis Gartman said.
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Foundations try to tap grain farmers' wealthRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The average price Indiana farmers received for a bushel of corn reached a high last August of $7.18, nearly twice as much as the prior year. That kind of windfall tends to benefit farm-equipment sales, but it could also lead to more charitable giving.
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CARTER: Community enthusiasm palpable with eco causesRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Tim Carter / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is beginning to focus on environment, livability.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Warmer-than-usual winter could ruin state's fruit crops

February 17, 2012
Associated Press
Early warm temperatures could be bad news for the state's profitable blueberry and apple crops, which bring in more than $13 million each year. It could also hurt Indiana's growing wine-grape industry.
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U.S. farm income could drop 6.5 percent in 2012

February 13, 2012
Bloomberg News
The biggest crop acreage in a generation and increasing costs for fuel, pesticides and feed will trim the record profits seen in 2011 to $91.7 billion, according to the USDA.
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State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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Farmers plan biggest crops since 1984, led by corn

February 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades.
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Indiana moving slowly on lake phosphorus rules

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
A state effort to address phosphorous pollution that has fouled Indiana's waterways is moving forward slowly, but environmental groups' hopes for help from lawmakers is likely to be dashed this year.
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Price of Indiana farmland at a premiumRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A once-in-a-generation combination of strong grain prices, high farm incomes and unprecedented interest in commodities investments has caused prices for agricultural acreage to skyrocket.
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Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.
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Bad weather for some Indiana crops helped vineyards

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University wine experts say lousy growing conditions this year for some Indiana crops proved ideal for the state's vineyards.
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Land gift preserves 40 acres in Indianapolis suburbs

December 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The donation to the Central Indiana Land Trust comes from farmer Van Eller, who lived most of his life on the land now surrounded by Fishers and Carmel subdivisions before he died last year at age 89.
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Cost of Thanksgiving meal jumps 13 percent on food inflation

November 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. will jump 13 percent this year, the biggest gain in two decades, as prices rose for everything from turkey to green peas to milk, the American Farm Bureau Federation said.
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Farm-profit volatility boosting risk for lenders, economist says

November 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers face increased financial risk because of higher operating costs and volatile commodity prices, even as income this year reaches a record, said Michael Boehlje, an economist at Purdue University.
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Congress moves to create new farm subsidy

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices.
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Farm plan may preserve crop subsidies, groups say

October 19, 2011
Bloomberg News
A bill backed by Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar would consolidate several subsidy programs into a plan to aid farmers when revenue declines.
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Farm subsidies may face cuts amid record profits

October 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers earning record profits are fighting to maintain agricultural subsidies, a likely target of the congressional supercommittee working to reduce federal spending.
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Taiwanese reps sign deals to buy corn, soybeans

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
Two Taiwanese trade groups have agreed to buy as much as $5 billion worth of corn and soybeans from Indiana and other states in 2012 and 2013.
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Fish farming could become $1B industry in IndianaRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Sam Stall
Current estimates place annual revenue for Indiana fish farming at just a few million dollars. But some believe the state’s central location, abundant land and water supplies, and relatively benign regulatory environment could foster a $1 billion industry in the next 10 years.
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  1. In response to Sassafras, I have to ask if you relocated directly from Bloomington to Carmel? First, as you point out, Carmel is 48 square miles. Do you think it’s possible that some areas are more densely developed than others? That might explain traffic density in some places while others are pretty free moving. Second, your comment “have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?” belies your bias. I don’t know, Sassafras, have you never been to Nashville, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix? They’re not a lot different in density than Indy. One more thing…I understand these comment sections are for expressing opinions, so those of us just looking for facts have to be patient, but you mention “low-density” Indy. How many cities in the US comprise 400 square miles with about 10% of that still being agricultural? Those facts certainly can impact the statistics.

  2. With all the past shady actions of Duke with utility regulators, one wonders do they really need such a huge amount? Concerned regulators not protecting ratepayers from the aggressive Duke monolith.

  3. I thought that had to be the way it was but had to ask because I wasn't sure. Thanks Again!

  4. I could be wrong, but I don't think Butler views the new dorm as mere replacements for Schwitzer and or Ross.

  5. An increase of only 5% is awesome compared to what most consumers face or used to face before passage of the ACA. Imagine if the Medicaid program had been expanded to the 400k Hoosiers that would be eligible, the savings would have been substantial to the state and other policy holders. The GOP predictions of plan death spirals, astronomical premium hikes and shortages of care are all bunk. Hopefully voters are paying attention. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare), where fully implemented, has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured and helped contained the growth in healthcare costs.

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