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Ted Mckinney
Indiana Agriculture Needs Better Zoning Ted Mckinney For Indiana farmers wanting to expand their operations, local zoning is becoming a major barrier. A bill that is making its way through the General Assembly would implement a statewide study of zoning laws as they relate to livestock operations. Many producers have found their efforts to grow hampered by local zoning rulings. Ted McKinney, with the ISDA, says local zoning laws must be changed to allow for agricultural expansion, “We are an agrarian state; 84% of the land is in farms or forests.” He said there is a tremendous opportunity for growth for [...]
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. “This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in [...]
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Ryan Martin
April planting weather Ryan Martin This week the Indiana State Climate Office, based at Purdue, said there is a developing El Niño which is the focus of climatologists looking at potential conditions for planting season in April and May (see release below.) Studies by the state office show that when an El Nino is in progress, northern Indiana sees below normal temperatures and precipitation. HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin agrees with that assessment. “As a matter of fact my model that I've run says below normal statewide,” he said. “But as we zero in on the north what we've got here basically is I [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
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Senate Takes Strong Stand Against WOTUS This week, the Senate delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in both substance and process. In a series of key votes, lawmakers sent a strong message to the EPA that that they will not tolerate outlandish regulatory actions that disregard established law. Lawmakers put federal regulators on notice that the WOTUS rule is simply unacceptable. But American Farm Bureau Federation regulatory specialist Don Parrish says the EPA is likely to push ahead with their proposed rule anyway, “All indication is that the Administrator and EPA [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a lead co-sponsor of newly re-introduced legislation by South Dakota Senator John Thune – the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 – which would repeal the federal estate tax. Grassley says the appreciated value of land is phantom income. The value is locked in the asset – so Grassley says if there's no intent to sell the land – there's no real income tax other than the income the land actually produces – which is already tax Grassley says the estate tax doesn't serve any purpose except sending more money to Washington, D.C. – which would [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Five Farmers Union state presidents and National Farmers Union's (NFU) chief counsel were granted an audience with Pope Francis following a weeklong series of meetings with Vatican officials and rural-based non-governmental organizations. Discussions surrounded the important role family farmers play in food security and the fact that most of the food produced in the U.S. is produced by family farmers. Monsignor Peter Wells, assistant secretary of state for the Vatican, expressed concerns with the worldwide loss of family farmers, food security and environmental stewardship. “I'm pleased to hear the Vatican State Department's belief that stewardship is ecumenical worldwide,” [...]
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Soy Sniffs 1st Place
2015 Soy winners At Tuesday night's Celebrating Young Thinkers award ceremony, the Indiana Soybean Alliance honored 3 more teams of Purdue students in the annual Soy Innovation Competition. The contest awards $20,000 for first place and $10,000 for 2nd place. Thirteen teams competed this year and last year's runner-up team came back with a new product this year to take top honors. “Soy Sniffs is a line of all natural, eco-friendly soy odor diffusers,” explained Sara Richert. One thing the judges liked about the product is that it is almost entirely soy content. “We have an in-home version of soy sniffs which is derived [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
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BOAH
State Board of Animal Health – 2015 Budget Year Agricultural organizations says imminent growth in Indiana will require bigger budgets moving forward. The State Board of Animal Health has been steadfast in getting a budget passed that will suit the needs of Indiana farmers in 2015 and beyond. Indiana State Veterinarian, Dr. Bret Marsh, says additional funding is vital to the future and growth of Indiana agriculture. “It's interesting because as we deal with the ag sector, it's a growing and developing sector. Our budget needs wouldn't be near what they are today if it was a shrinking sector. But as I [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
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Writing that horse caretakers take pride in protecting the health and safety of their animals and horse-drawn carriages are iconic guides to many American cities, the American Farm Bureau Federation has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to withdraw his proposed ban on historic horse-drawn carriages in New York City. “This valued tradition allows people to connect with the horses and tour the city in a historic and unique way,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “New York City's carriage horses have been an important asset to citizens and visitors throughout the years. Despite activist rhetoric that these horses are tortured [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
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Ashley Hammac-CCSI
The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) expanded its core team this month to include a new conservation cropping systems agronomist, Ashley Hammac. Ashley joins the CCSI team to provide education on conservation agriculture to a variety of audiences across the state and to assist with soil health research, demonstrations, and data collection from farmers that cooperate with the project. “We are excited to have Ashley on board with the CCSI team,” said Les Zimmerman, chair of the CCSI oversight committee. “We look forward to an energetic outreach effort to promote conservation cropping systems in Indiana and to help our ag producers [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
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The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its firm support today for a bill introduced and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would provide for a national labeling standard for non-GMO foods. The bill, brought forward by Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, bypasses a potentially conflicting patchwork of state laws and regulations governing the labeling of GMO and non-GMO foods, as well as multiple private sector non-GMO labeling standards, by establishing one common framework for labeling at the national level. “We have heard loud and clear the message that consumers want to [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
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ILeVO
New Tool To Fight SDS Soybean growers will be trying to get every bushel of yield this year, and now there is a new tool to help fight the yield robbers that impacted Indiana fields last season. Bayer Crop Science has ILeVO® Seed Treatment available for the 2015 growing season. John Carlson with Bayer says the fungicide works on two major yield robbers, “This fungicide has action against the cyst nematode, the No. 1 yield robbing pest, as well as Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), the No. 4 yield robbing pest.” As a seed treatment, ILeVO® gets to the plant [...]
Tue, Mar 24, 2015
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