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Jim Mintert Indy Farm Show
Jim Mintert-FB at farm show Dr. Jim Mintert helped cut through the clutter of the new farm bill during the Wednesday Hoosier Ag Today seminar at the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture has joined Farm Bureau, Indiana Corn and Soybean and others in recent weeks around the state helping producers understand the new options farm bill under the farm bill, and he told HAT he finds most farmers are appropriately learning the bill sequentially. “We need to do base acre reallocation if we're going to do base acres change, now. [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
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The National Corn Growers Association today asked President Barack Obama to sign the tax extenders bill passed by the Senate Tuesday, but also urged broader tax reform in 2015. “HR 5771 is an important but temporary first step to tax laws that allow farmers to reinvest in their operations. We urge the President to sign this bill into law,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. If signed by President Obama, the bill will retroactively extend a package of more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. Included among them is the Section 179 provision, which maintains the expensing [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
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Dr. Chris Hurt
Minding the Margins in 2015 Dr. Chris Hurt Dr. Chris Hurt's annual outlook program drew a standing room only crowd at the Indiana/Illinois Farm Equipment Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Wednesday. His message: mind the profit margins in 2015. With corn and soybean prices down and production costs up, most Indiana farmers will find their profit margins shrinking by as much as $200 per acre in 2015. Hurt said those farms with a large land base will be in the best position to handle the decline, “Take a 2500 acre farm and the family owns 1000 acres free [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
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Per an announcement from the White House today, the United States will begin the process of normalizing its relations with Cuba. The announcement brings with it significant implications for the agricultural trade sector, and as producers of the nation's leading farm export, the American Soybean Association (ASA) cheered the news with the following statement from President Wade Cowan: “Soybean growers are particularly excited about today's announcement, specifically because of the promise that the Cuban marketplace holds for American beans, but also in the larger scope of trade's ability to overcome even the most challenging geopolitical barriers. Trade builds bridges [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
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Earlier this evening, the Senate passed a one-year extension of multiple tax incentives and credits, including several that have direct impacts on soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed passage of the bill, which would extend the dollar-per-gallon Biodiesel Tax Incentive, as well as the Section 179 expensing provision that farmers and other business owners use when purchasing new equipment and infrastructure, among other items. “Today's passage of the tax extenders bill is a welcome relief to farmers as we close our books on 2014,” said Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas, and the new president of ASA. “While [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
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Jim True
UAV Industry About to Take Off for Ag Jim True The topic of Tuesday's seminar at the Indiana/Illinois Farm Show was drones and big data. Those who attended the seminar learned that the application of drones for agriculture is about ready to take off. Jim Love, a Boone county farmer and consultant to Beck's Hybrids, has more experience using UAVs or drones in agricultural operations than most people. He brought his UAVs and experience to the farm show on Tuesday. He said all that is holding back the adoption of this new technology is the lack of rules on their use [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
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Purdue University's Department of Agronomy is offering a distance education course to give farmers and agribusiness professionals a comprehensive baseline understanding of agronomy and agronomic practices. Agronomy Essentials aims to expand agribusiness professionals' knowledge of crop production to enhance communication and effectiveness with farmer clients. The inaugural course runs from Jan. 14 through April 8 and will be offered twice more in 2015. The course was designed by Bruce Erickson, Purdue's agronomy education distance and outreach director, who teaches the course along with some of his colleagues. It includes six units with multiple modules taught with reading materials, graphics and recorded videos. [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
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The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, as its newest President and moved outgoing President Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa, to the position of Chairman. Board members also elected Richard Wilkins, Greenwood, Del., to serve as First Vice President. “I'm pleased with the team we elected today and I think it's an important step toward a world class standard as an organization,” Cowan said. “We will work together this year to unify and move agriculture forward.” First Vice President is an office that places Wilkins in line to be the association's president [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
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Todd Janzen at 13 Indy farm show
Todd Janzen – Farm Data Privacy at Indy Farm Show In the last year, a lot of products have hit the market that allow farmers to analyze their data. That was at the forefront of Hoosier Ag Today's seminar series on Tuesday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Attorney for Plews Shadley Racher and Braun, Todd Janzen, says farmers express a mix of curiosity and hesitation when it comes to their data. “We're starting to see some farmers be concerned about how this data is going to be kept private, how they're going to keep a neighbor from finding out what's happening [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
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HAT- USB Dwain Ford U.S. soybean farmers depend on a reliable and efficient transportation system to move soybeans from the farm to their customers. The roads, rails and barges critical to the soybean industry are part of an aging infrastructure that faces delays, shutdowns and overcapacity issues. United Soybean Board director Dwain Ford explains the current state of the U.S. transportation system. “Many of our current locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers are more than 50 years old and have had little or no improvements,” he said. “As this aging waterway system deteriorates, more pressure is on the rail and [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014
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Dick Sherman
Farm Show Begins Today, Bigger Than Ever Dick Sherman One of the biggest farm shows in Indiana gets underway Tuesday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Indiana/Illinois Farm Equipment show has packed the West pavilion with the latest in farm equipment and technology. Show manager Dick Sherman said this year they literally ran out of room, “No doubt the equipment is getting bigger as farmers need larger and larger equipment to get the crops in and out of their fields quickly on larger and larger farms. We even changed the show floor layout to fit more equipment in, and we still [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014
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The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) today unveiled results of research commissioned by the seed industry revealing that consumers underappreciate the role of seed and seed improvement in our lives, until they are presented with specific examples of the environmental, economic and health benefits of seed. ASTA briefed members of the media during its CSS 2014 & Seed Expo in Chicago, the largest seed industry conference in the country, attracting professionals from more than 150 companies and more than 20 countries. ASTA surveyed more than 600 moms, millennials and “food-focused” people – three consumer segments who are recognized for [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014
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