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Renewable Fuels Economic Impact   The Fuels America Coalition has released an economic impact study by John Dunham and Associates and findings were positive on a national and Indiana level. John Doggett, VP of Public Policy at NCGA, says while the numbers are great, they don’t tell the whole story. “When I get tough farmers coming up to me with misty eyes saying ‘that’s why this is so important. My kids came back. Not only could I afford to have my kid and his or her family come back to the farm and get them into the operation, but we actually have an [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
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The Indiana State Fair Commission will hold a public Open House in the newly renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum Thursday, April 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event and parking are both free. Fairgrounds staff members will offer visitors insights on the construction process and new features of the building, which just underwent a $63 million renovation. Staff members of the Indy Fuel hockey team and IUPUI basketball program will also be on hand. Visitors will also be able to get details on the Coliseum Concert Series at the Indiana State Fair that will be announced that day. Tickets will be available for [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Bob Nielsen-FPS13
time to plant corn The time has come for some difficult decisions for Indiana farmers. Start planting corn or wait a little longer. Purdue Extension agronomist Bob Nielsen says the decision may very well come down to how many acres you have to plant. “If I had my druthers and it was an ideal world I would probably delay planting for another week to let these soils warm up better than they are,” he told HAT. “But if I had a lot of acres to plant and not just corn, but maybe a lot of acres to soybeans to boot, and it’s [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Darrel Good
Last month, the USDA surveyed soybean producers about their intended planting. This survey divulged plans to plant 81.493 million acres of soybeans this year, 4.96 million more acres than actually planted in 2013, and 4.042 million more than the previous record acreage in 2009.  Soybean planters will also exceed last year’s acreage in every major soybean state except Missouri, with the largest increases reported for Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota. According to Darrel Good of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, “The large increase in soybean planting intentions reflects strong world demand for soybeans and [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns 20-dollars to the economy. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has accelerated commercialization of federal research and government researchers are working closely with the private sector to develop new technology and transfer it to the marketplace. In 2013 – USDA reports receiving 51 patents, filing 147 patent applications and disclosing 180 new inventions – all detailed in its 2013 Annual Report on Technology Transfer. The new farm bill will help build on the accomplishments USDA has made by establishing the Foundation for Food and Agriculture [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Elanco-Novartis
Elanco to acquire Novartis The world’s 2nd largest animal health company was created this week with the announcement that Indianapolis based Eli Lilly and Company has reached an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health, expanding Lilly’s Elanco animal health business. John Lechleiter, Lilly chairman, president and CEO made the announcement. “Novartis is a major player in the growing animal health business with a strong presence in about 40 countries and 2013 revenue of about $1.1 billion,” he said. “With this deal we’re adding 9 manufacturing sites, 6 R & D facilities, a portfolio of 600 products, a pipeline of more than 40 [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Dr. Paul Sunberg
Pork Industry Concerned about New PEDv Rules Dr. Paul Sunberg On Friday, the USDA announced it would mandate the reporting of PEDv infection by pork producers and would implement a tracking system for animals and equipment. While generally supporting the new requirements, the pork industry has serious concerns about how the program will be implemented. Dr. Paul Sunberg, with the National Pork Board, says they cannot fully endorse the program until they have more details, “This announcement came with no details. We cannot talk about support until we have more details.” He said the announcement did have some good points, “There is [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Ted McKinney
  Ted McKinney The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting applications from Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.  The program recognizes outstanding livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices. Applications are due May 30, 2014. “Consumers are becoming more interested in learning how their food is produced and they want to know that farmers care about their animals, the environment and about producing wholesome, safe food for consumers,” said Ted McKinney, Director of ISDA.  “This is an opportunity I would highly encourage to all Hoosiers working within the livestock [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
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The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked its members to resist a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that it says will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms. Published Monday in the Federal Register, the more-than-111,000-word “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rule reflects the EPA’s latest interpretation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. The rule could ultimately lead to the unlawful expansion of federal regulation to cover routine farming and ranching practices as well as other common private land uses, such as building homes. “This rule is an end run around congressional intent and rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014
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During the month of March, Hoosier Ag Today offered a series of prizes to those who signed up to receive their e-newsletter or updated their profile if they were already a newsletter subscriber. Two great Indiana companies participated in the contest by providing outstanding prizes for the contest. CountryMark provided 200 gallons of diesel fuel as the grand prize, and Beck’s Hybrids provided a planter of seed firmer as another prize.    The winner of the CountryMark fuel was Steve Schleter of Princeton, IN, while Sherri Pryor of Indianapolis was chosen as the winner for the Beck’s seed firmer.  Joe Kelich of [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014
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