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  • Save a butterfly; plant milkweed
    Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 PM
    Illinois officials are asking residents to help increase Monarch butterfly populations by planting and preserving milkweed. Scientists have noted the official state insect has been dwindling in numbers on its wintering grounds in Mexico since the 1990s. 
  • Deal OK’d for I-69 extension
    Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:00 AM
    Indiana officials have approved a deal with the private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville. 
  • IU to get new gateways
    Saturday, April 19, 2014 3:00 PM
    Work is scheduled to begin this summer on three new gateways to the Indiana University campus. 
  • Fighting Irish to play on artificial turf
    Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 PM
    Artificial turf will be installed at Notre Dame Stadium in time for the start of the upcoming football season. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the university wanted to stay with natural grass. 
  • Deal expected to reopen limestone company
    Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:00 AM
    An investment firm is the only bidder to take over a southern Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings. 
  • Ag world shift requires change in mindset
    Have you ever been stuck in a routine? Maybe it’s the routine you go through each morning at the start of your workday. Or maybe you eat the same thing for lunch every day. If there isn’t any pressing reason to change, you might keep that routine. 
  • Farmland assessments for Indiana property taxes rise
    At the end of December, Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance calculated the base rate assessment for farmland to be used for taxes in 2015. Predictably, the base rate increased to $2,050 per acre. That’s a 16 percent increase over the pay-2014 value.  
  • Build financial 'dashboard' of working capital for farm
    If margins tighten as ag economists are warning, it’s going to be important to consider the potential impacts on your operation. Making sure that your farm is going to be financially healthy in what could be tougher times may set you up in a good position. 
  • Indiana agriculture needs a farm bill as fast as possible
    This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The farm bill impacts every American every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation. 
  • Thanks given to heroes that serve in military and farming
    I would like to take a moment and say thank you to all of the heroes that have served and are currently serving this country. I know there are some common threads in farmers and soldiers, and oftentimes young farmers become soldiers
  • Big data is raising big questions for farmers
    If it’s new, it’s better, right? Right? Everything new and advanced is automatically better than whatever came before it. I’d add a resounding “No!” We used to have a joke in the daily newspaper newsroom. 
  • Winter finally gives way to farmers market shopping
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who has struggled with it this year. Winter is the easiest time to gain weight, and it has to be one of the worst feelings ever! 
  • Soy protein, oil levels are now improving in Illinois
    Over the past few years, the Illinois Soybean Association has been educating farmers about the importance of producing quality soybeans in order to remain competitive in a global market. 
  • Pontiac FFA chapter takes field trip to remember
    Twenty Pontiac FFA members recently took the opportunity to travel to New Jersey and New York City to learn about an agricultural industry that is a little different than in Illinois. “This is the sixth chapter exchange we’ve done,” said Jesse Faber, FFA adviser, who together with Parker Bane leads the Pontiac chapter. 
  • Biofuels are big in Indiana
    Biofuels play an important role in Indiana’s economy. I had heard about biofuels before, but when I started my job at AgriNews I learned that the ethanol industry is a big deal. Claypool, Ind., is home to the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel plant, Louis Dreyfus. We have 13 ethanol plants total and rank fifth nationally in ethanol and corn production, according to a press release from the Indiana Soybean Alliance. 

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