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  • What are the top ag issues in Indiana?
    There are plenty of pressing issues that farmers, government agencies and farm organizations are concerned with this summer. From struggling crops to avian influenza, the list is extensive. 
  • Indiana expects lower yields than 2014
    Flooded fields in June and July led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to predict drops in corn and soybean yields compared to 2014 in Indiana. 
  • Avian flu still concerns farmers
    Although the last case of avian influenza was detected in Iowa about two months ago, those in the poultry industry still are worried. By the middle of June, more than 200 cases of the disease were identified in 15 different states. 
  • Reporters sample state fair cuisine classics
    For many, the Indiana State Fair isn’t complete without the tasty treats. Lemon shakeups, funnel cakes, pretzels and various kinds of meat on a stick have become fair food staples. 
  • Vice president to seek top job
    Randy Kron, currently vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, announced he will be a candidate for president of the organization. This announcement followed Don Villwock’s decision to retire from his current position as IFB president and run for president of the American Farm Bureau Association. 
  • River-Friendly Farmer award given to 48 Hoosiers
    A ceremony honoring 48 conservation-minded farmers took place Aug. 19 during the Indiana State Fair. The River-Friendly Farmer Award recognizes farmers for the management practices that help keep rivers, lakes and streams safe and clean. 
  • Indiana’s oldest, largest winery keeps growing
    At Oliver Winery, good wines start with healthy soils, fresh fruit and clean production processes. By picking the best fruits and developing wines with distinct flavors, the winemakers at Oliver have created a nationwide fan base. 
  • Indiana winery earns top honors
    Judges from the INDY International Wine Competition voted an Indianapolis wine “Wine of the Year.” Easley Winery won top honors for its Traminette — a wine made from Indiana’s signature grape. The wine beat out more than 2,000 other entries for the honor. 
  • Catch up with the Hadleys
    Roger and Vickie Hadley, winners of the Indiana Farm Family of the Year award presented by AgriNews and Beck’s Hybrids, have had a busy summer. On June 11, Amanda and Darin Hadley, Roger’s son and daughter-in-law, welcomed Clara Jean into the world. 
  • Tornado rips roof off round barn
    Volunteers are working hard to save a historic barn that was hit by a tornado on Aug. 3. The Fulton County Historical Society’s Round Barn Museum suffered extensive damage. 
  • Urban agriculture takes root in Indy
    Growing Places Indy is spreading urban agriculture in Indianapolis by providing access to locally grown food and teaching the skills needed to operate a farm. 
  • Are high-oleic soybeans right for your farm?
    If you’re a soybean farmer looking to make extra money, planting high-oleic soybeans in 2016 may be an option. Processors offer farmers a premium to grow high-oleic soybeans, resulting in higher profit opportunities. Premiums are based on what the end user will pay for the oil. 
  • Farmland value declines
    Lower crop prices and high costs have caused farmland prices and cash rent to decrease in 2015. Economists from Purdue University held a webinar to share insights based on the results of the Purdue Land Value and Cash Rent Survey. 
  • Pioneer Village takes fairgoers back in time
    Fairgoers could spend the better part of a day exploring and learning at the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair. Inside of the Pioneer Village Barn, you can listen to live bluegrass music while munching on popcorn from the Country Store. 
  • Learn about corn at ‘Amazing Maize’
    No matter where you live in Indiana, it’s likely that you are only a short drive from rows and rows of corn. It’s one of the state’s staple crops, and to celebrate its impact on rural economies and the state, the Indiana State Fair is hosting the Amazing Maize exhibit inside the Harvest Pavilion. 

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