Environment

Rain aids Indiana soybeans, but Isaac worries farmers

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
A Purdue University farm expert says recent rainfall has delivered a late-season boost to Indiana's drought-stressed soybean crop.
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FDA names Indiana farm tied to salmonella in melons

August 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produced cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons.
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History points to worse-than-expected year for crops

August 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers, who've been hurt by the worst drought in a generation, are likely to harvest smaller crops than the government forecast this month, based an analysis of dry spells in the past 42 years.
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Transmission line would bring more wind power to Indiana

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana electric utilities choking on federal environmental rules that threaten their coal and oil-powered generating stations might be able to tap wind power generated in the plains states starting in 2017.
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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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Flood-control project could mean more trees get ax along Central CanalRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for a $14.4 million floodwall and levee from Butler University to Kessler Boulevard is both good and bad news for woodland advocates.
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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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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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IPL agrees to buy solar power from Sunrise Energy VenturesRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
The Minnesota-based firm plans to generate the power at three, 10-megawatt sites in IPL's service territory.
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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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Environmental groups lose in bid to stop I-69

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled against opponents of the $3 billion Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville who claimed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law.
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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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IU researchers question economics of diesel hybridsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Fuel savings and environmental benefits might not be worth the higher cost of such vehicles.
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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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Some Indianapolis fountains shut off amid drought

July 13, 2012
Associated Press
A watering ban sparked by Indiana's prolonged drought has prompted operators of several fountains in downtown Indianapolis to take steps to conserve water.
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City parks foundation chooses new president

July 10, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has selected Tanya Husain as its new president, the group announced Monday. Husain will replace retiring parks foundation president Cindy Porteous.
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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 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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