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Matt Parmer
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankSW Indiana planting standstill The rains have come to Indiana and now Hoosier farmers sit and wait to get back in the fields. This follows some recent impressive planting progress. The wait to plant again in southwest Indiana could be a week, according to Monsanto technical agronomist Matt Parmer, and that's a week from when the rains end. “We received anywhere from 1 to 3 inches in spots across southwest Indiana over the last 36 hours with more rain forecasted for Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “Right now we're sitting at about 30% of the corn planted. [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Jackie Walorski
Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittFood Prices and Farm Policy Jackie WalorskiA House subcommittee hearing in Washington on Thursday focused on the connection between farm policy and food prices and had a distinctly Indiana flavor. Chaired by Hoosier Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, the panel of witnesses included Dr. Jason Henderson head of the Purdue Extension program. He testified that the new, market-oriented, farm policy established in the last Farm Bill is making a difference during the current downturn in the U.S. ag economy, “Unlike the farm crisis of the 1980s where farm programs focused on price controls and supply management that [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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corn sales to Japan
Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittThe U.S. Grains Council (USGC) reprots Japan's renewed interest for purchasing U.S. corn. During March, Japan purchased more than 1 million metric tons (39.368 million bushels) of U.S. corn, and the country has already topped those sales during the first three weeks of April. Despite these strong sales, Japan has fallen behind its traditional spot as the largest purchaser of U.S. corn, currently coming in second to Mexico. This is due in part to U.S. corn exports being hindered globally by a strong U.S. dollar and larger than expected global corn supplies. However, the tides have turned [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt Animal welfare scientists and other members of the scientific community will have an opportunity to hear from experts and industry professionals during the second annual Center for Animal Welfare Science symposium at Purdue University. The symposium will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 18 in Stewart Center, Room 302, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette. Speakers are: * Ed Pajor, professor of animal behavior and welfare at the University of Calgary: “Improving Animal Welfare – Future Drivers.” * Natalie Bratcher, global animal welfare coordinator at AbbVie Research and Development: “Laboratory Animal Welfare – Challenges, Priorities and the [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to support a white paper from the University of California-Davis on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. The paper is titled “Livestock's Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change. The author states, “Efficiencies in US livestock agriculture have lowered the industry's combined emissions to a historic low of 4 percent of the nation's total.” The author [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Julia Wickard
Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittMore Indiana Farmers Turning to FSA for Loans this Year Julia WickardIt is a situation that is becoming all too common in Indiana and across the nation. The cash flow and working capital of farming operations is just not good enough to secure operating loans from banks and the farm credit system. As a result, farmers are turning to the government in record numbers. Julia Wickard, head of the Indiana Farm Service Agency, says the number of applications for loans is up 45% this year over last year, “Last year at this time, we had [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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Mid America farmland values
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankIndiana farmland values steady Many areas of the farm sector are depressed right now, notably commodity prices and farmland values, with some states realizing double digit percentage drops in land. But in Indiana and the 4 state area that makes up Farm Credit Mid-America territory there is a different dynamic in play. Farmland values are fairly steady. Dennis Badger is Farm Credit's vice president of collateral risk management. He told HAT that values are holding up well in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. “From January to December of 2015 our data indicates that more or less it was [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayLow commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee Wednesday. Testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Illinois Farm Bureau, Guebert encouraged Congress to help farm and ranch families endure what observers agree will be a difficult year. He said Illinois farmers who produce row crops have been hit hard along with the rest of the farm economy. [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayLast week, the Environmental Working Group sent out a report titled “The Rich Get Richer: 50 Billionaires Got Federal Farm Subsidies.” A group called Farm Policy Facts said the report was meant to draw attention to the “problem” of well-known celebrities and billionaires pocketing farm subsidies. The lone comment on the EWG report noted the data used stopped at 2007. The group notes that loopholes allowing the wealthy to receive farm subsidies were closed in the 2008 Farm Bill. Some still get environmental conservation subsidies, which the EWG supports. [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittThe National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is offering two tours prior to the 2016 World Pork Expo that provide unique insights into U.S. agriculture. Set for June 6-7, the two-day tour will travel to locations in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, showcasing commercial hog systems, farm equipment production and agricultural shipping channels. The one-day tour on June 7 will highlight agricultural businesses in central Iowa, with a look at modern swine production and food marketing, feed grain research and product development. The tours include transportation and meals on tour days, as well as free admission to [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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Jim Mintert-CC14
Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittMaking Soybeans More Profitable 4 The soybean market looks to have a bit more upside potential than the corn market, as production problems in South America may reduce the estimated soybean ending stocks number. Our final April Better Farming segment looks at what Indiana farmers can do to make growing soybeans a more profitable crop. The video reports that aired in March and April focused on what growers can do to increase soybean production and profitability. According to the research by Purdue's Shawn Casteel, lowering plant population and planting earlier can significantly increase production while lowering [...]
Tue, Apr 26, 2016
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Senator Chuck Grassley
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankStressed farm economy Stories of stress in the farming community continue to crop up as producers struggle with low prices, a strong dollar, and depressed export values. The farming crisis hasn't reached a “critical mass” yet, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the stories of economic stress aren't going away. “We're hearing a little bit from bankers,” he said. “We're hearing isolated instances of farmers, and the 800 number where farmers in trouble can call in and ask for help or get advice, that they're getting a few more calls now.” Grassley said both land renters and owners [...]
Tue, Apr 26, 2016
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