Agriculture/Farming

Purdue economist: Indiana will see record farm income

September 1, 2011
Associated Press
A Purdue University agricultural economist says Indiana's 2011 farm income could approach $4 billion, eclipsing the state's previous farm income record of $3.2 billion set in 2008.
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Dig-IN tasting festival looks to create independent foundationRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Event at White River State Park wants to create ongoing source of support to connect Indiana farmers with grocery stores, restaurants and consumers.
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NFP of NOTE: Indiana 4-H Foundation

August 13, 2011
Indiana 4-H Foundation provides financial support for the statewide 4-H youth program.
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Wet spring, dry summer dent Indiana corn, soybeans

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
Experts say Indiana farmers won't produce as much corn and soybeans as they had hoped for a second straight year.
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State fair chief 'born and raised' to lead showcase eventRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ann Finch
Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cynthia Hoye has parlayed a lifelong love affair with 4-H and fairs into a career of supporting agriculture and extension programs and finding ways to make a good fair better.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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Dry streak becoming worrisome for Indiana farmers

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Central Indiana is on pace for perhaps its driest July on record, with the state's eastern half already in low-level drought conditions.
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Golf course manager suing DuPont over herbicide

July 19, 2011
Scott Olson
R.N. Thompson, which operates several local courses, claims the company's Imprelis herbicide caused "catastrophic tree loss." R.N. Thompson has joined a Pennsylvania resident in filing the class-action suit.
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Downtown garden growing more than food

July 7, 2011
Andrew Smith
Now in its second year, the Wishard Slow Food Garden grows produce for local markets, restaurants and residents alike. And from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, consumers can sample some of the harvest as the Duos Indy Mobile Kitchen sets up shop a few steps away.
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Larger-than-expected corn crop could slow food inflation

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. food prices may ease later this year now that farmers have planted the second-largest corn crop in nearly seven decades.
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Mooresville farm equipment maker expanding operations

June 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Equipment Technologies, a manufacturer of agricultural spraying equipment, plans to invest nearly $6.4 million in an expansion of its Mooresville operations, more than doubling its work force by 2015.
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Massive wind farm planned north of Indianapolis

May 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Chicago-based wind-farm developer is planning a $175 million farm about 45 miles north of Indianapolis that will span parts of Madison, Tipton, Grant and Howard counties.
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Indiana farmers far behind in planting corn crop

May 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana farmers made up a lot of ground in the past week, but experts say they are still far behind their typical planting schedule because of this spring's drenching rains.
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Purdue receives $32 million Afghanistan farm grant

April 4, 2011
Associated Press
A grant of $31.9 million awarded to Purdue University may translate into a more sustainable agricultural sector for Afghanistan, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar.
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Organic-food delivery service growing its operations

April 1, 2011
Sean Morrison
Indianapolis-based Green B.E.A.N. Delivery planted a seed here four years ago, and now the organic food-shipping service is cultivating its own 60-acre farm in Sheridan.
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Scientists question claims in biotech letter

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
The widespread Internet posting of a letter by a retired Purdue University researcher who says he has linked genetically modified corn and soybeans to crop diseases and to abortions and infertility in livestock has raised concern among scientists that the public will believe his unsupported claim is true.
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Parks Foundation plans east-side farm for Gleaners

March 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation plans to use a $150,000 grant from Indiana University Health to start an organic farm on the east side of the city benefiting Gleaners Food Bank.
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Growth in farmers' markets continues into winter months

February 19, 2011
Sean Morrison
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are about 900 winter farmers’ markets in operation—a 17-percent increase over the past two years. Two thrive locally, one downtown and one in Zionsville.
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Indiana cattle firm may face involuntary bankruptcy

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana firm under federal investigation for passing bad checks for cattle purchases could find itself forced into bankruptcy proceedings if a judge grants a motion filed by some of those owed money.
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Ethanol's future clouded by potential loss of tax breaks

November 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The fortunes of Indiana’s 12 ethanol plants, and the farmers and truckers who supply the corn to make the motor fuel additive, hinge on two decisions facing Congress and federal regulators in the weeks ahead.
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Indiana farmers expected to enjoy near-record income

November 11, 2010
Associated Press
Many Indiana farmers who had been worrying about a late summer drought are now looking forward to some extra spending money thanks to high grain prices.
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Farmland sales go flat in suburban Indianapolis

October 23, 2010
Scott Olson
The real estate bust and a drought in transactions make values all but impossible to gauge.
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Expert: Indiana an island of drought in Ohio Valley

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's official climatologist says Indiana is drier than surrounding states.
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Indiana corn coming in sooner, faster, better in 2010

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers harvested 27 percent of their corn by Sunday, compared with none by this time last year and an average of 6 percent over the past five years.
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Beck's Superior Hybrids plans $24.5M expansion

September 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Hamilton County seed company has plans to expand its facilities, creating as many as 72 jobs over the next five years, state economic development officials said Friday morning.
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