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  • 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. 
  • John Deere economist expects ‘new era’ of agriculture
    Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 PM
    John Deere’s chief economist believes the world is entering a new age in agriculture — one unlike anything the industry has seen before. An era of precision farming is at hand, and many technologies will be used to make managing farms a more exact science. 
  • Acreage moves with favorable soybean margins
    Friday, April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
    Futures prices, crop insurance and the farm program are the catalysts driving toward more soybean acreage for 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s planting intentions survey estimates a record 81.5 million soybeans acres this year.. 
  • Samuelson named to racing board
    Friday, April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
    Legendary farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson has been appointed to the Illinois Racing Board. The board regulates horse racing in the state, including issuing licenses, setting racing days and rules. 
  • Hog-feeding operations planned in Iowa
    Friday, April 18, 2014 9:00 AM
    The number of hog-feeding businesses in southeast Iowa could grow quickly if Des Moines County officials approve all the proposed projects. County officials are considering five different proposals to build animal-feeding operations that could hold up to 2,500 hogs. 
  • 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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