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  • Seed group eyes GMO labeling, property taxes
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 5:00 PM
    The Indiana Seed Trade Association is monitoring several bills moving through the Indiana House and Senate. Farmers and association members chatted with legislators Feb. 25 during a meet and greet at the Statehouse. 
  • Vilsack: President needs trade authority
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 3:00 PM
    Trade promotion authority is vital to U.S exports, including dairy, pork, beef and other farm products, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stressed. He and former agriculture secretaries joined together to urge Congress to give President Barack Obama the ability to negotiate trade deals. 
  • PEDV conquered — for now
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 1:00 PM
    It’s not often that anyone connected to the U.S. pork industry will call PEDV “fantastic.” But Dr. Jim Lowe did just that. “PEDV was fantastic because there were not trade implications to it,” he said. 
  • Vet: PEDV taught U.S. industry tough lessons
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:00 AM
    The way that most hogs are raised today in the United States, indoors, has its benefits, to hog health, to production efficiency and worker safety. 
  • Research, funding lacking to battle catastrophic outbreak
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:00 AM
    The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus outbreak taught the U.S. pork industry that the hog herd sometimes can heal itself. The industry also learned that in spite of biosecurity upgrades, work still needs to be done to prevent the spread of disease. 
  • Focus on what's most important for farm operation
    Have you ever attempted to find one person in a large crowd of people? Imagine that you aren’t sure which direction they are coming from, or which way they are heading now. You must find them only by listening for the sound of their voice in the crowd. 
  • Blue FFA jacket celebrates birthday
    Do you know someone who wore the internationally known blue corduroy jacket of FFA members? Was it a close family member, distant relative or friend? Did you wear one yourself? 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 



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