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Professor Michael Boehlje – Agribiz Council Convention 2015 The market challenges presented to agriculture could create longer-term opportunities. It appears the slump in the commodity markets is here to stay for now, but that doesn't mean agriculture's future isn't bright. Professor Michael Boehlje at Purdue's Center for Food and Agribusiness says farmers who are well-positioned during this bump in the road will be presented with opportunities long-term. “History is very clear on this that in the more difficult times, many well run businesses have the best opportunities they'll ever have. And if we're not out there searching those opportunities, looking [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015
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ESN
Nitrogen Management Key in 2015 As growers try to cut the costs of producing this year's crop, managing nitrogen will be a major factor. Now new technology is helping growers get smart about nitrogen fertilizer. Smart Nitrogen from ESN is a product that can help farmers be more efficient in the use of their nitrogen fertilizer. Todd Latimer explains, “A single application of ESN controlled-release nitrogen feeds crops throughout the growing season. Plants get the nitrogen they need, when they need it most – and you get improved nitrogen efficiency.” ESN is a urea granule coated with a flexible [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
The new 114th Congress will feature a large and active group of House members looking out for the interests of dairy farmers, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. A bipartisan group of legislators is reestablishing the six-year-old congressional Dairy Farmer caucus, and NMPF expects the new group to be even larger than the Dairy Farmer caucus in the 113th Congress. “The 85-member caucus in 2013-14 was nearly one-fifth of the House,” said NMPF Vice President for Government Relations John Hollay. “We expect the 2015 caucus will be at least that large.” Hollay added that the dairy group is one [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
While cropland values in Ohio increased in each of the past three years, several factors, including continued low interest rates, low debt-to-asset ratios and lower profit margins, are likely going to make for a relatively flat land market in 2015, an economist from Ohio State University'sCollege of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Ohio cropland value rose 8.9 percent in 2014, with bare cropland averaging $5,650 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Ward, citing statistics from the Ohio Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Don Villwock
Court Rules Against Farmers' Personal Privacy Don Villwock A federal district court in Minnesota dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block EPA from releasing the personal information of farmers. Last year a radical environmental group asked the EPA for the personal information of farmers who had been issued permits to operate livestock facilities. The EPA complied and released names, addresses, phone numbers, and even GPS coordinates of these operations. Outraged, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council petitioned to stop any further release of information. Late Tuesday, the court ruled the government could release this information. Don [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
New Leaders 2015
The participants of the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program kicked off their involvement this week in Des Moines, where they learned how to better tell their ag story and got a deeper education in industry involvement. ”I was really happy to meet this dedicated group of growers new to industry involvement,” said National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Rob Elliott, an Illinois grower who attended the session and was able to spend time getting to know the growers. “These men and women are especially eager to help move American agriculture forward and communicate its importance [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Chris Novak
Chris Novak – NCGA on Creating Demand for Corn Farmers The Agribusiness Council of Indiana hosted their annual conference in Indianapolis this week where regulatory discussions got a lot of attention. As regulations continue to increasingly challenge Indiana farmers, agricultural organizations continue the fight to eliminate no-nonsense policy. CEO of National Corn Growers Association, Chris Novak, says 2015 is a big year for agriculture and it all starts with demand. “We're coming off of our second record crop and we're looking at the EPA's decision earlier in November with respect to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the required renewable volumetric [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
bacon fest
Indiana Pork is the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Indy's Bacon Fest scheduled for Saturday, January 31 from 12 pm – 4 pm at The Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis. The event, which promises to be an annual tradition, is being managed by iHeartMEDIA (Q95, ALT 103-3 & WNDE). Tickets sold out in early January and up to 2,000 people are expected to attend. Bacon fans will sample cured pork creations from many of Indy's finest local restaurants and chefs. Bacon novelties and smokehouse-inspired drinks will also be available for sampling throughout the afternoon. The event will highlight [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015
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Gov Larry Hogan
Maryland Gov and EPA American Farm Bureau's Don Parrish sees an early move by Maryland's new GOP Governor Larry Hogan (pictured) to put the brakes on expanded farm pollution rules as a message to other states and the EPA. “I think what it signals to other political entities around the country, whether it's the upper Mississippi or anywhere else, that while EPA may set a very lofty environmental goal, there's a realization I think from this governor that there are economic consequences and economic costs associated with those environmental goals and objectives.” Parrish says Hogan understands there's a balance needed – not just [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
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Jolene Brown
It's a Jungle Out There Jolene Brown Indiana farmers today are having to do something they have never had to do before: defend their right to farm. One outspoken advocate for agriculture told a group of Hoosier producers this week just how to do that. Jolene Brown is a farm wife, is an expert on family business management, and also travels the nation telling farmers how to defend what they do every day. She told HAT that farmers today must realize that the public sees food and food production in a much different way, “Even the four food [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
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Indiana farmers last year planted more acres in popcorn than ever before and produced a record crop despite abnormally wet conditions, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers planted 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn, up 10,000 acres from 2013, according to a National Agricultural Statistics Service report produced for Purdue University. They harvested 90,000 acres, also up 10,000 acres from the previous year. Although the amount of Indiana acres harvested in popcorn was small compared with the 5.77 million acres in corn grown for grain, Indiana is regarded as the second-largest popcorn producer [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Purdue University agricultural economist Larry DeBoer has outlined the major issues involved in the current legislative discussion of farmland taxes. “It seems likely that something will be done about farmland property taxes,” DeBoer writes in his latest “Capital Comments” column for Purdue Extension. “How it will be done, and who will foot the bill are the big questions.” Among the possible options the legislature could consider is changing the formula used to calculate farmland assessments to better reflect current market conditions, DeBoer writes. The current formula calculates the taxable value of farmland based on four-to-nine-year-old data, including commodity prices, yields, rents, [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today

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