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National Pork Producers Council President Ron Prestage says while it's true that farmers who grow crops use less water and pesticides today – but livestock and poultry farmers have done their part to become more environmentally friendly – too. In the U.S. pork industry – Prestage says hog farmers have cut their carbon footprint by 35-percent in the past 50-years while reducing water usage by 41-percent and the amount of land needed by 78-percent. He says these reductions have come through production efficiencies – including 33-percent pig feed efficiency over the past 50-years. Prestage says pork producers have done all [...]
Fri, Apr 17, 2015
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Purdue Ag Week-2015 mAGnify: A Closer Look at Agriculture is the theme of this week's 4th annual Purdue Ag Week, a week in which many daily events are created by ag students for the general student population passing through the Memorial Mall on campus. Zach Frazier, Ag Week Task Force president, tells HAT the ag clubs participating try to engage with those students, not educate them. “One of the things we really strive for during Ag Week is that we don't necessarily want to push a stance. Nobody really wants to come be educated so we really do want to engage. One [...]
Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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Shortly before 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, an accident occurred at the Co-Alliance LaCrosse Feed Mill in LaCrosse, IN. At time of this release, the cause is unknown. Four employees were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. Jonah Pacione, age 19 and Emilio Galicia, age 43 were heliported to St. Joseph Burn Center in Ft. Wayne, IN. Craig Chase, age 34 and Chris Fort, age 26 were taken by ambulance to Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, IN. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees who were injured today. We have notified their families and provided them the location [...]
Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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House Votes to Kill the Death Tax The US House voted 240-179 on Thursday to repeal the estate tax. The measure completely repeals what farmers have come to call the “death tax.” Bill sponsor Representative Kevin Brady, R-TX, said the tax can unfairly hit entities such as small businesses and family farms. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said, in a statement, “We need tax policies that help capital-intensive businesses like farms and ranches, and that don't stand in the way of sons and daughters ready to follow the agricultural legacy of their parents.” Tennessee farmer Brandon Whitt says the [...]
Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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ASA joined other members of the Ag Biotech Alliance in an April 8 letter responding to a request for comment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on modernizing its regulations for reviewing crops with new biotech traits. The letter pointed out that EPA has recently expanded its oversight of certain biotech traits that are not intended to control pests, and which are properly subject to review by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It also noted that state regulatory agencies currently require registrants to submit the same information they provide [...]
Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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Dry period ending The rains in Indiana have not been as significant as predicted just a week ago but rain continues in forecasts this weekend and next week, likely causing further planting delays in the state. During this brief break from the rain, has there been some helpful drying in the wet areas? Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin says probably not. “Some of those wet areas did dry some, but I don't think it's enough that we can say it's helpful at this point. I do know some planters started to roll on Tuesday afternoon up in the northern part of [...]
Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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Most Planters Still Not Running in Indiana The rains in Indiana have not been as significant as predicted this week so some field drying has taken place, especially in Northern Indiana. There have even been some reports of scattered planting activity, but that has not been the case in the Southwest part of the state. “There has been almost no field activity in this part of the state so far this growing season,” Dan Emmett, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in SW Indiana, told HAT. “A few guys were out just before Easter, but since then the rains [...]
Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recorded the highest quarterly shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana's over 50-plus year history during the first quarter of 2015. This was the second consecutive quarter the port broke this record. First quarter shipments increased three percent over the fourth quarter of 2014 and were up 48 percent over 2014's first quarter. A key driver for the high volumes was a 36 percent increase in grain shipments. “Being located in the most fertile agricultural region in the world, grain is one of the largest volume commodities handled through the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon,” [...]
Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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On Wednesday, former Sec. of State and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, met with Democrats to discuss her candidacy and issues important to Iowa. Included in a private meeting in Marshalltown were ARF co-chair Patty Judge and Iowa Corn Growers board member, Bruce Rohwer. “We had the opportunity to talk about issues facing Iowa—renewable fuels being one of them,” said Judge, “Sec. Clinton was extremely receptive and I feel encouraged by her comments about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).” Clinton supported the RFS during her initial run for president and in 2007 called for aggressive investment in renewables. “I was able [...]
Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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Project HATCH Launches Pilot in Indiana A new initiative to put more nutritious product into local food banks was announced this week. Eggs for everyone is the new mantra for Elanco as they partner with Kroger, Rose Acre Farms and Midwest and Gleaners Food Banks to bring a sustainable supply of eggs to local pantries. Elanco President, Jeff Simmons, says HATCH is a new way for consumers to purchase with a purpose. “They can purchase with the hungry in mind. Come to Kroger, buy a medium size of a dozen eggs and every dozen you buy, one egg, which is half the [...]
Tue, Apr 14, 2015
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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chairs introduced legislation this week to stop EPA from finalizing the clean water rule it sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week – according to The Hagstrom Report. House Ag Chair Michael Conaway is an original sponsor of the bill. Conaway says the U.S. Supreme Court rebuked EPA twice for overstepping its bounds – but the Administration's response was to double down. House Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson says EPA's proposed rule has the potential to regulate farmers and ranchers out of business – putting [...]
Tue, Apr 14, 2015
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Today, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a public hearing to review a presentation by National 4-H Conference participants concerning the future of agriculture in the United States. As the nation's largest youth development organization, 4-H is a model for bridging the gap between rural and urban communities. 4-H consists of six million young people with various backgrounds and serves to help them better understand the agriculture industry. Today's hearing focused on how youth involved in 4-H can help address the future of agriculture and the importance of fostering relationships [...]
Tue, Apr 14, 2015
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