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  • The challenges farmers face from legislative and regulatory actions continue to mount. This makes the role Indiana Corn Growers Association plays even more important for the state’s corn farmers. 
  • An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. 
  • CountryMark’s Fueling Freedom event  raised more than $54,000 to support local National Guard Family Readiness Groups. “We get really excited about this event because it is our opportunity to give back to local National Guard soldiers and their families, as well as spend time with the communities we serve,” said Jon Lantz, CountryMark vice president of marketing. 
  • Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks. 
  • A once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields: hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.  
  • Ag industry sees need for immigration reform
    Immigration reform is a contentious, often emotional, topic for many Americans. But for U.S. agriculture, it’s mainly a labor issue. 
  • Sorghum proves sweet for FFA member
    Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Elliott understands the hard work and dedication that goes into making sorghum. After all, her family has been doing it for at least four generations on their Gravel Switch farm, and the Boyle County teen is continuing that tradition. 
  • Ag land market continues gradual decline
    While current land values have generally trended lower this past year in comparison to the sharp increases of recent years, results of farm and ranch income at year’s end could shift land market dynamics, reported Farmers National Co. 
  • Nominations sought for Hovde Award
    Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2015 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given to a Purdue University faculty or staff member who has contributed to the improvement of rural Indiana. 
  • Don’t get ticked off; get smart
    Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that’s easy to confuse with other illnesses. 
  • Lieutenant governors from across U.S. visit Glass Barn
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann welcomed lieutenant governors from around the U.S. to Indianapolis for the National Lt. Governors Association annual conference. The visitors had breakfast and a tour of the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair. 
  • Facing world hunger
    With a rising population and a shift in demand for more protein-based foods, the world’s leaders are searching for ways to improve and ensure food security for people now, and 50 years from now. 
  • Record adoption of digital agronomic services seen
    The Climate Corp., a division of Monsanto Co., announced that farmers have mapped more than 75 million row crop acres in their digital agriculture platform, up from 50 million acres in 2014. This acre adoption represents nearly 45 percent of all corn and soybean acres planted in the U.S. 
  • Indiana farmers commit to trade with China
    The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance recently signed Memorandums of Understanding with the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products. 
  • Voting ends July 31 for soy election
    July 31 is the deadline for Indiana soybean farmers to cast their votes in the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s annual election of its bard of directors. With contested races in the northeast and the southwest regions, farmers will elect four new directors to ISA’s 24-member board. 

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