Agriculture/Farming

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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Urban farming key to this 'Taste of Indiana'

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
First-of-its-kind event in Indianapolis showcases what's known as the slow food movement, which promotes the benefits of producing plants, seeds and livestock for local consumption.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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Company expanding solar unit, plans to add 120 jobs

August 19, 2010
Fort Recovery Construction & Equipment in Portland plans to invest $1.9 million to accommodate research, development and production of solar thermal collector panels.
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Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.
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Consumers facing record prices for bacon

August 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. hog-breeding herd is near the smallest on record, and wholesale pork-belly prices are up 72 percent in the past year, to the highest price since at least 1998.
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Indiana working on phosphorous limits for lakes

July 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the rule would impact sewage treatment plants upstream of lakes.
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Looking out for summer garden pests

June 26, 2010
Just because it's summer, don't expect tree and shrub pests to go on vacation.
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Indiana's biggest private companies majored in the basics in 2009Restricted Content

June 19, 2010
Martha P. Allan
Health care, plastics, other fundamental consumer needs kept some companies on upswings.
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Becky Skillman's blog from China

June 9, 2010
Becky Skillman
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is traveling to China with a delegation of state officials and business and community leaders through June 10. Skillman is blogging about their experiences as the group works to build relationships and attract Chinese investment to Indiana.
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Urban farmer in Indianapolis hopes he's the first of many

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
Matthew Jose figures that if enough people follow him into urban farming, vacant and abandoned property will flourish with productivity, consumer diets will improve, and worn neighborhoods will get new life.
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Hoosiers begin agriculture trade mission to China

June 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
A 26-member delegation of Hoosiers, including Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, arrived Wednesday in Hangzhou, Indiana’s Chinese sister state since 1987, for an agriculture-focused economic development trade mission.
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Indiana has millions to pass out for renewable energy projects

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The federal money is for renewable energy systems, energy-efficiency improvements, energy audits and renewable-energy feasibility studies.
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U.S. farmers planting corn at record pace

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers may have planted more acres last week than in any week ever as dry weather and more-productive equipment sped up fieldwork.
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Rising prices could help pork producers bounce backRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The prices hogs are fetching this year will help farmers begin to climb out of the crater of 2008 and 2009. Average pork prices may approach record levels this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicted, up to $53.63 per hundred pounds. The record is $55.44 per hundred pounds, set in 1982.
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Timber industry seeks respect, profit from 'green' standards

March 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Why should bamboo imported from Asia or steel made through intensive use of energy be consider greener than locally grown trees? timber interests ask.
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Farmland once targeted for housing still being plowedRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Farmers who might have worried about losing their livelihood to new homes or retail have gotten a little breather.
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Egg industry debates ethics of cage sizes

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The answers could have big implications for the egg industry, which counts Indiana as one of its leading producers. The Hoosier state ranked third in egg production in 2008, trailing only Iowa and Ohio.
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Dow AgroSciences' revenue, profit fall on lower crop prices

October 22, 2009
Dow AgroSciences, the local subsidiary of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co., said Thursday that revenue fell 20 percent and profits plummeted in the third quarter due largely to lower crop commodity prices.
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EPA proposes $1.1M settlement with Vertellus

August 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chemical-maker Vertellus Specialties Inc. will spend up to $1.1 million and change air-emission monitoring practices at its plant on the southwest side of Indianapolis under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Dow Agrosciences introduces genetically modified corn seedRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Even after a string of acquisitions, Dow AgroSciences is a bit player in the seed business. But the new genetically modified corn it developed with St. Louis-based giant Monsanto Co. finally provides the breakthrough product that could grow its seed sales substantially.
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Sunny days could save delayed corn cropRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Hoosier farmers are racing to catch up with their corn plantings after a waterlogged spring.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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