Environment

Huge greenhouse development planned for Haughville

July 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New York-based BrightFarms Inc. plans to build a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse on a vacant 5-acre parcel of land at 2219 W. Michigan St. that will employ 25.
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Indiana crops look great after spring planting delays

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's corn and soybean crops are headed toward possibly record-breaking yields following one of the slowest and wettest planting seasons in a decade
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Large hog farm gets approval near Camp Tecumseh

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A northern Indiana county has approved plans for a 9,200-hog farm near a youth camp whose leaders worry the farm's odors will affect life at the popular camp.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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Camp Tecumseh fighting big hog-farm proposal

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indiana youth camp that serves thousands of students from central Indiana are arguing against a farmer's plans to start raising some 9,200 hogs about a half-mile away.
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Posey County backs bonds for $1.3B fertilizer plant

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county is issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields are now ahead of schedule at getting the state's top crop in the ground.
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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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Waste-management firm hit with environmental fines

May 23, 2013
Dan Human
Some of the violations cited by the state are related to poor handling of hazardous materials at the Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. facility in Speedway.
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EPA seeks to add Keystone property to Superfund list

May 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding three sites in Indiana—including one in Indianapolis—to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.
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Central Indiana county leaders back reservoir study

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday endorsed a resolution supporting environmental and engineering studies for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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River protest set for proposed central Indiana reservoir

May 17, 2013
Associated Press
Organizer and environmentalist Clarke Kahlo told The Herald Bulletin that the group is trying to build public awareness of the amount of land that would disappear if the reservoir is built.
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Top Indiana wind farm drafts bat-protection plan

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The operators of Indiana's largest wind farm are proposing changing the nighttime operations of the farm's 300-plus wind turbines to protect endangered Indiana bats from being killed by the turbines' spinning blades.
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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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Foes organizing against central Indiana wind farm plans

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
A Chicago-based company is seeking permission from Delaware County officials to build about 30 turbines across 15,000 acres of agricultural areas northeast of Muncie.
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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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Central Indiana county not blocking wind farm plans

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Delaware County commissioners decided Monday that they won't take immediate action on a moratorium to block a proposed wind farm.
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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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Anderson loses 'Tree City' status after 21 years

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson's title, first granted in 1991, appears to have been lost due to issues with paperwork. The status is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and others to recognize cities with viable tree-management plans and programs.
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Senate cans hunting plan

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal aimed at legalizing five fenced deer-hunting preserves around Indiana has failed in this year's legislative session.
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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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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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