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  • If you haven't contacted your FSA office, do it today
    Purdue University economists held a webinar recently to discuss the 2014 farm bill and its implications. The deadline to reallocate base acres and update yields is quickly approaching. 
  • Program encourages schools to start ag ed program
    During last year’s state fair, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann challenged the seven Indiana FFA state officers to complete a special project that would either further agriculture, education or FFA. 
  • Plan your farm's future
    Succession planning is necessary when it comes to passing a family farm to future generations. Although it often is a tough subject, having a conversation now can save a family from uncertainty later, Indiana farmer and attorney Polly Dobbs said. 
  • Demand remains high for corn, soybeans
    A first look at the upcoming crop production season indicates declines in corn and soybean acres and continued strong exports. 
  • Real dirt on conservation
    Mike Starkey didn’t start out farming. The Hendricks County native attended the University of Indianapolis, where he studied accounting. 
  • 5 tips for making the best choices this spring
    Farmers are busy planning for the 2015 planting season. Fixing machinery, ordering seeds and making financials decisions are just some of the items on their to-do lists. 
  • FFA member serves as Statehouse page to kick off National FFA week
    Blue and gold jackets flooded the Indiana Statehouse this past week to kick off National FFA week. More than 90 Indiana FFA members traveled to Indianapolis to serve as pages for the day. 
  • Corn growers 'pump' for higher demand
    The National Corn Growers Association is going into the gas pump business. The commodity group is working with service station chains and even manufacturers of pumps in order to expand sales of ethanol. 
  • Soy association has full plate for 2015
    Biotech approval, infrastructure improvement and pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency are main issues the American Soybean Association will tackle this year. And despite the challenges, there are some things to celebrate, said Stephen Censky, ASA’s chief executive officer. 
  • Good food starts with good soil, grower says
    Lori Schneider grew up on a farm in Oregon, so the agriculture world feels like home to her. Schneider, owner of organic farm Barefoot Acres in Rolling Prairie, started farming to provide her family with healthy food. 
  • Restaurant devoted to local farms, businesses
    Guests who walk into Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine are sure to be greeted with three things: a warm welcome, unique menu and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant features American cuisine with an international twist. 
  • County fairs can host food drives this summer
    The Indiana State Fair and Dow AgroSciences have joined forces to implement the Farmers Care County Food Drive this year. The goal of Farmers Care is to raise awareness of local hunger needs and help feed Hoosiers impacted by hunger. 
  • Official touts need to renew Trade Promotion Authority
    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting recently made a stop in Indiana to talk trade in agriculture with farmers and organizations. 
  • Indiana poised to be leader in local foods movement
    David King believes that the local foods movement has potential to change Indiana’s economy for the better. King, local foods program manager at Indiana State Department of Agriculture, started at ISDA last November. 
  • Roots of cover crop impact go deep
    When farmers plant cover crops on their fields, what happens below ground can be more important than what’s above ground. 



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