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Dave Speas
Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittGood News on Fuel Costs Dave SpeasThe cost of many inputs for this year's crop are steady at best; however, one key farm budget items is sharply lower this spring: fuel. Dave Speas, with Countrymark, says fuel costs are likely to remain low for the first half of this year, “Sure looks like the price levels we are at now, we are going to be able to hold on to for at least the first half of this year.” He says taking advantage of these lower fuel prices by locking in some long term contracts might [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Checking tractors with Dad
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankGood mood in Louisville The 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville is growing. The show has reached nearly 900 exhibitors, a record, and attendance will again exceed 300,000 for the 4-days of the show and tractor pull events. The exhibitors are mostly happy with the attendance and Todd Jeffries of Seed Consultants says the mood of farmers is pretty good given they are facing another year of very slim profit margins. “For the most part most guys we have been talking to are trying to keep that positive, upbeat vibe,” he said. “Obviously prices aren't where [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayBeck's is pleased to offer farmers another solution in the fight against weed resistance. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans will provide farmers with tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. Beck's is releasing six new varieties that range in maturity from 2.5 to 4.9. “Our priority is helping farmers succeed,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck's. “By offering farmers access to choices in traits and genetics, we're giving them the tools and resources to maximize their yield. The new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean varieties complement our other choices for farmers in fighting glyphosate weed [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Pulaski County on AcreValue
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankAcreValue now available If you're involved in farmland and own, rent or are looking to buy or sell land, check out AcreValue, a valuable and free online tool. Tamar Tashjian, general manager of AcreValue, says the tool is a single, centralized site that aggregates all of the important information you need. “Today on AcreValue in 46 states you can pull a soil map or a history of crop rotation on any field available on the site, and in four states, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota, we analyze that information in addition to maybe 15 other variables to [...]
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittReaction to Proposed Crop Insurance cut The Obama Administration rolled out a $4.1 trillion budget deal Tuesday that included an $18 billion cut to the crop insurance program. Ag sector reaction was, as expected, negative. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were quick to voice their disapproval of the plan. House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway said it would be a severe blow to farmers and ranchers. Pat Roberts, who chairs the Senate Ag Committee, said the new budget was an attack on the American producer's ability to manage risk. As in previous attempts by the White [...]
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayHouse Speaker Paul Ryan said this week his chamber does not have the votes yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Wisconsin Republican also said lawmakers have a long list of issues regarding the TPP, which was signed last week in New Zealand. Currently, the trade agreement faces opposition from a majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill and presidential candidates in both parties. Some are pressing the White House to make changes to the deal to ensure passage, according to The Hill. However, congressional leaders still don't expect a vote until after the November [...]
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayRussia plans to ban imports of corn and soybeans from the U.S. effective February 15. The country cites phytosanitary concerns for the decision and the risk of delivering GMO products into Russia. However, Russia does not buy U.S. corn in a traditional sense. Pro Farmer's First Thing Today reports the corn in question is used for popcorn. Russia is a buyer of U.S. soybeans, however, a small one. In the 2014-15 marketing year, Russia imported 316,000 metric tons of soybeans from the United States. In the current marketing year, the country has imported 395,000 [...]
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayElanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, stepped up their efforts to end world hunger by pledging to match money raised from the Indiana FFA Read to Feed project, up to $20,000. The project officially kicks-off on Feb. 22, 2016 and runs through April 15, 2016. The Indiana FFA Read to Feed project is organized like a read-a-thon. FFA chapters will partner with local third and fourth grade classrooms, and each classroom will have a sponsor(s). Based on the number of minutes read, those sponsor(s) will make a donation to Heifer [...]
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
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Rep Mike Conaway
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankAg in the presidential campaign The Iowa caucuses are a week old now, and the nation's first primary, New Hampshire, is in the books, and other than plenty of ethanol rhetoric leading up to Iowa, where do the Presidential candidates stand on other issues regarding agriculture. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway from Texas says he would like to know. Speaking over the weekend, Conaway said he just hasn't heard much yet. “So far I've not heard anybody say ag broadly. There was obviously some conversation about ethanol and things like that, but quite frankly I don't [...]
Tue, Feb 09, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayThe Budget proposal released by the White House Tuesday includes a cut to crop insurance. The budget request to Congress calls for a ten-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program. The request comes after Congress rejected a $3 billion cut to crop insurance late last year after initially approving the cuts as part of a budget deal at the time. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas said the proposal would deal a “severe blow” to farmers and ranchers who already have suffered a 56 percent drop in net farm income. [...]
Tue, Feb 09, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayIndiana Animal health authorities plan to release the control area and surveillance zone following last month's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza before the end of this month. Meatingplace reports that the Indiana State Board of Animal Control plans to release the restrictions in the two zones on February 22, if no new positive tests are identified. Since 414,000 turkeys and chickens were culled following the January 15, outbreak, no new positive HPAI test have been recorded. The Indiana State Veterinarian also is expected to lift restrictions on the movement of all poultry and [...]
Tue, Feb 09, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt Pence Picks New Indiana Secretary of Agriculture After being rumored for months, it was officially announced on Tuesday that Sue Ellspermann will be stepping down as Lt. Governor to possibly become the new President of Ivy Tech College. In her place, Governor Pence has picked Eric Holcomb to be the next Lt Governor. “Eric Holcomb is ready day one to assume the duties of Lt. Governor. He knows the executive branch, he knows the legislative branch, but most of all he knows Indiana,” said Pence. But does he know agriculture? In Indiana the [...]
Tue, Feb 09, 2016
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