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  • ‘Farming is a gamble’
    Debbie and Joe Harker are two farmers who know how to survive hardships. In 2008, when their hog farm no longer was profitable, they decided to diversify their farm by growing their orchard and produce gardens – in addition to continued planting of corn, soybeans wheat and hay. 
  • Ag needs more workers, lieutenant governor says
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann attended Evening on the Farm, an event that promotes agriculture programs at Ivy Tech community colleges. She mingled with students, many who received scholarships from local farm businesses, during the dinner. 
  • Company uses garden to feed community
    Amid the busy streets and businesses of Indianapolis are two acres of gardens that serve a unique purpose: to grow foods that will be given to food pantries in central Indiana. 
  • Take steps to avert grain bin accidents
    Accidents on the farm often happen when they are least expected. For example, a farm employee may be using a high-capacity grain vacuum inside a storage bin. If they place the vacuum hose inlet at their feet, they would be drawn into the grain. 
  • Scout now for sudden death syndrome
    This year, soybeans are suffering from a variety of diseases, including sudden death syndrome, in Indiana. In many cases, the diseases are secondary to the biggest problem — damage from flooded fields and overly saturated soils. 
  • Commodity pressure rises
    Now that a clearer picture of the old crop marketing year has been painted, the trade turns its focus toward real yields and South American prospective plantings. 
  • Economists share 10 ways to cut costs on farm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasted that 2015 national corn yields may be the second highest on record. Although yields may be high nationally, many farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt face dismal harvests due to flood damage. 
  • Meals in Fields deliver nutrition, safety message
    “Ag safety is not just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle” was the fitting theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, and that message was literally delivered to the fields. 
  • New corn disease found in Indiana
    Tar spot, a disease that is new to the United States, was identified in a field in the area of Cass and Carroll counties. The disease was identified by the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab and confirmed by a national plant pathologist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  • Low, slow — and wood-fired
    He’s been asked it enough times that he has his answer ready. “I like big butts,” said “Cowboy,” Chris Tornow, one half of the barbecuing and catering business known as Cowboy and Tony’s Butt Shack BBQ in Mendota. 

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