Congress is considering amending laws to make it easier for smaller processors to sell products. But while new, smaller slaughterhouses could be the antidote to industry concentration, they don’t offer a quick, or inexpensive, fix.
FFA cancels national convention in Indy as downtown reels from tourism drought
The agriculture-education group cited lingering concerns over the coronavirus pandemic for scuttling the four-day event, which last year brought more than 68,000 people downtown.Read More
Herbicide causing Hoosier farmers, state regulators big problems
The Office of Indiana State Chemist reports the number of dicamba-related complaints has skyrocketed in the last three years—and it’s costing the state millions of dollars to respond.Read More
Lilly spin-off putting nearly 1,200 acres up for auction by Greenfield
The land formerly was owned by Eli Lilly and Co. and then was included in Elanco’s 2018 spin-off from the pharmaceutical company.Read More
While Heliponix’s in-home computerized vegetable-growing machine has always seemed like a great idea, the coronavirus pandemic might be the push to get the wider public to realize what the company’s two young founders have been espousing since they germinated the startup as Purdue University seniors in the fall of 2016.
Indiana boasts nearly 200 farmers markets statewide that play a vital role in the local economies, according to research done by Purdue University.
The federal government must revoke its approval of a widely used weed killer that has damaged other crops and turned neighbor against neighbor in some farm communities, a federal appeals court in California ruled.
Workers returned Friday to Indiana Packers Corp. plant following the completion of coronavirus testing of its 2,267 workers. More than 300 plant workers tested positive for the coronavirus, about 13% of its workforce.
As of Monday, U.S. beef and pork processing capacity was down 40% from last year, according to Jayson Lusk, head of the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University.
AgriNovus Indiana, an agbioscience initiative by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, on Wednesday announced it has hired Mitch Frazier as its CEO.
The meat supply chain is especially vulnerable since processing is increasingly done at massive plants that butcher tens of thousands of animals daily, so the closure of even a few big ones can quickly be felt by customers.
Tiny towns tucked all over the country might not have had a single case of COVID-19, but their main streets are also empty and their medical clinics overwhelmed by the worried.
Emergent Solar Energy opened in 2014 in the Purdue Research Park with the goal of helping local governments, schools, manufacturers and other companies make the switch to renewable energy. But it didn’t take long for agriculture to emerge as a key sector.
The agricultural shopping spree is part of a campaign to address complaints about the trade surplus and difficulties U.S. companies face in accessing Vietnamese markets.
China’s economy is being rocked by the new virus that has infected more than 75,000 people and forced many businesses and factories to temporarily close.
The Distillery Trail brochure and map lists 18 distilleries that are part of the Indiana Grown initiative and produce craft spirits, such as whiskey, vodka and gin.
IBJ reporter Kurt Christian talks with host Mason King about what some are calling a “green rush,” which follows a 2018 federal law that removed marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin from the Controlled Substances Act.
The main manufacturer of a pesticide used for decades on a wide array of crops, including strawberries, corn and citrus, said Thursday it will stop making the product, which some activists have said is linked to neurological problems in children.
Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.
Gov. Eric Holcomb initially proposed spending $291 million from the state’s reserves on five major capital projects, including the new barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But a bill recently filed by House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown left it out.
In the first-step agreement, the U.S. dropped its plan to impose new tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese imports and agreed to trim existing import taxes on about $112 billion in Chinese goods. In return, the U.S. said China agreed to buy $40 billion a year in farm products over two years.
America’s trade representative says China has agreed to buy $40 billion per year in agricultural products. The president says it’s more than $50 billion. But the text of the deal hasn’t been made available, and China isn’t talking.