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  • ‘Farming is a gamble’
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 5:00 PM
    Debbie and Joe Harker are two farmers who know how to survive hardships. In 2008, when their hog farm no longer was profitable, they decided to diversify their farm by growing their orchard and produce gardens – in addition to continued planting of corn, soybeans wheat and hay. 
  • Ag needs more workers, lieutenant governor says
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 3:00 PM
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann attended Evening on the Farm, an event that promotes agriculture programs at Ivy Tech community colleges. She mingled with students, many who received scholarships from local farm businesses, during the dinner. 
  • Company uses garden to feed community
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 1:00 PM
    Amid the busy streets and businesses of Indianapolis are two acres of gardens that serve a unique purpose: to grow foods that will be given to food pantries in central Indiana. 
  • Take steps to avert grain bin accidents
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 11:00 AM
    Accidents on the farm often happen when they are least expected. For example, a farm employee may be using a high-capacity grain vacuum inside a storage bin. If they place the vacuum hose inlet at their feet, they would be drawn into the grain. 
  • Scout now for sudden death syndrome
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 9:00 AM
    This year, soybeans are suffering from a variety of diseases, including sudden death syndrome, in Indiana. In many cases, the diseases are secondary to the biggest problem — damage from flooded fields and overly saturated soils. 
  • Talk a little less, listen more
    We do not all have to use the same color or horsepower of tractor. We don’t have to plant the same brand of seed or use the same crop inputs or apply the same amount of NPK and micronutrients to our soils. 
  • Illinois farmers benefit from Asgrow and DeKalb
    SPONSORED: An extremely wet summer and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Illinois farmers this season. 
  • U.S. rural areas need broadband
    You can’t tell the story of American agriculture without looking at how farmers and ranchers have pioneered the use of cutting-edge tools on their land. 
  • High yield potential even in challenging season
    SPONSORED: Extremely wet weather and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Indiana farmers this season. 
  • Work together to improve rural economies
    Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple economic development groups in Illinois. There is a widespread recognition from them on the importance of collaboration between communities and counties and of working together to develop regional strategies. 
  • Meet alpacas up close
    “This one will bite you a little, but it won’t hurt,” a farmer said as I stood in a field with nothing separating me from a herd of alpacas and hesitantly held out the treat in my hand. And bite me she did. But, of course, he was right — it didn’t hurt. 
  • Visit offers reassuring look at pig farming
    I recently had the pleasure to go interview the Keller family at their hog farm in Jasper County. The farm is a breed-to-wean operation, and I talked to Bob, Jason, Anna and Art about what it takes to stay successful in the pig business for six decades and to bring two separate generations — Bob and Jason — back to the farm. 
  • Urban farming can offer more than local food
    I recently traveled to an urban farm in Indianapolis, where I expected to find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. 
  • Hemp returns to Indiana
    This week I had the chance to do something that basically no one in Indiana has done since the 1940s — I got to explore a field of hemp. 
  • U of I staff challenges end Corn & Soybean Classic
    For the past 18 years, the University of Illinois Extension has hosted the Corn and Soybean Classic and various locations throughout the state the second and third week of January. 

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