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  • Record land values make buying decisions tougher
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:00 PM
    The increase in crop and livestock prices have generated significant profits for many farmers, which some are using to buy land. Growing demand has driven land values to record highs in many areas. Whether farmers are using cash or borrowing money, buying land should include a well-researched financial plan. 
  • DuPont Pioneer to build new soy research facility
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:00 PM
    DuPont Pioneer announced plans to build a $35 million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark. The nearly 134,000-square-foot facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is expected to be completed in 2016, with room for future expansion. 
  • Three Indiana soybean checkoff directors elected
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:00 PM
    Three new directors were elected to the Indiana Soybean Alliance board and will start their terms in December to help direct checkoff programs that drive the success of Indiana’s soybean industry. 
  • Foundation aids ag education in Iowa
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 PM
    The Iowa FFA Foundation announced the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation as an official partner in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with its contribution of $250,000 to the S.T.E.M. effort. 
  • CPA: Include goals, philosophies in farm estate plans
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:00 PM
    Farmers must start with their end goals when planning to pass their farms to the next generation, a certified public accountant told American Farm Bureau Federation members attending a workshop. 
  •  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. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • 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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