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Turkey dinner
Thanksgiving Day Meal Remains a Good Value Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation surveys the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. This year the cost of the overall meal is up slightly, but turkey prices are down. US turkey production has been down slightly this year. Thus wholesale prices have been up, but that does not mean you will be paying more for bird at the center of your holiday table. AFBF economist John Anderson stated, “Turkey production has been down some this year, so you might think that would contribute to a higher retail price. [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
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Most farm groups feel the President's action, outlined in a speech Thursday evening, will do little to address the crisis in agriculture that exists from lack of action on immigration. Many hold out hope that Congress will deal with the needs of farmers for a labor force in the next session. “In practical terms, we do not expect the president's initiative to help America's farmers deal with the real labor challenges they face. Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow. This order [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) have awarded $1,020,900 in Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grants to 35 Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across the state. The goals of the projects are to seek ways to protect drinking water, improve water quality and assist Hoosiers in gaining knowledge and awareness about the impacts of land use on precious water resources. CWI Grants were awarded to the following: Grant Recipients (Lead County Listed First) Award AmountCrawford, Harrison, Perry $75,000.00Daviess, Martin, Pike $75,000.00DeKalb, Steuben $75,000.00Dubois, Gibson, Pike, Posey $75,000.00Hendricks, Putnam, Morgan, Owen $75,000.00Jay, Blackford $75,000.00Jefferson, [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
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The early arrival of what appears to be bitter winter weather has been unfortunate for growers trying to wrap up their harvest. Sam Ambrose, Technical Agronomist for Channel Seed, says things may be looking up for productivity into next week. “Thankfully a lot of guys were able to get into the field and get a lot of their crop out. For those that were a little bit behind because we had such a late planting, the snow has done some pushback. We have to make sure we're taking care of our equipment and doing what's best for our operation. Luckily there's [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
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Rep Mike Conaway
Representative Mike Conaway of Texas will lead the House Agriculture committee in the 114th Congress. The House Republican Steering Committee announced this week Conaway, of Texas, will take the spot of current chair Frank Lucas of Oklahoma. Conaway represents the Permian Basin in West Central Texas. Conaway has served as the chair of the Agricultural Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.The American Soybean Association welcomed Conaway to the chairmanship. ASA's First Vice President Wade Cowan of Texas stated “Representative Conaway has a proven track record of representing agriculture.” Conaway announced the House Ag Committee staff on Wednesday. Source: NAFB [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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Executive orders are coming Thursday evening on Immigration reform by President Obama. The president will announce the orders, according to the White House, Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. eastern. United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez said it's likely that some farm workers would qualify for relief if Obama includes a provision that would allow the parents of children born in the United States to remain in this country, according to the Hagstrom Report. The United Farm Workers held a rally in front of the White House to remind Americans that undocumented workers provide most of their Thanksgiving Day food and [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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Chris Hurt-14 Tour
Livestock producers can look forward to an economic “mini-boom” that may last for the next several years, providing opportunities for expansion of herds and flocks, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. Hurt said high grain prices from 2006-2012 led livestock farmers to downsize herds to cover the extra feed expenses. The price of livestock products then increased, with fewer products available, and consumers had to eat less meat. So this year, prices are record-high for cattle, hogs, poultry, milk and eggs. With record-high animal prices and now much lower feed prices, profit margins for the animal industries have [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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Mike Shuter
Shuter-Bible updates Harvest is wrapping up in Indiana even though you'll still see some uncut soybeans and standing corn, and most farmers are pretty happy with either their corn or bean yields, if not both. In Madison County Mike Shuter is thrilled with record soybeans. “We ended up with a 67.2 average over everything and a few fields that went 73.4. Our worst yield was 62 ½ so pretty good bean yields.” Is Shuter happy with 2014 corn yields? “A lot of variability and no, we're not very happy with them. I thought we were going to be mid 180′s (bushels per acre) but [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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Bill_Konyha Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced the appointment of Bill Konyha as Director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Beginning on January 5, he will lead a staff of 15 that provides capacity building programs and technical assistance to rural towns and cities for community and economic development and will be a member of Governor Pence's Cabinet. In her announcement at the Indiana Economic Forum today, the Lt. Governor noted Konyha's outstanding record of accomplishments in both the private and public sectors, “OCRA's mission is to provide capacity-building solutions which assist Indiana's rural communities in pursuing economic growth [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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The National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline for online harvest form submission for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Due to the high volume of calls requesting additional time in light of late harvest conditions in northern states, online submission will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 5. All harvest forms that will be submitted via the paper harvest form must be postmarked and mailed in November 21. Paper forms postmarked after November 21 will not be accepted. Please note, harvest forms and accompanying documentation for all plots harvested before November 21 [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
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The National Milk Producers Federation today joined 41 other agricultural organizations in urging Congress to restore a tax code provision that allows small businesses, including farms, to write off capital purchases such as equipment immediately, instead of over time. The provision, known as Section 179, is one of more than 50 expired tax policies the House and Senate are likely to consider for reinstatement during their post-election lame duck session. The farm groups urged restoration of Section 179 in a November 18 letter to congressional leadership. “Farming requires significant investments in machinery and equipment,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
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Michael Langemeier
With crop prices at multiyear lows and interest rates expected to inch up over the next few years, a Purdue University agricultural economist believes the decade-long increase in farmland values might soon be over. But Michael Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, says any decline should be relatively slight and spread over more than one year. “We are looking at about a 5-10 percent correction over each of the next three years,” he said. “It's normal for a market that has been so strong to take a little breather.” According to the Purdue Farmland Value Survey, Indiana farmland nearly tripled [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
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