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  • Pence stresses importance of ag innovation
    Gov. Mike Pence believes Indiana has the resources to continue being a major global leader in agriculture. 
  • Seed treatments, biologicals can help boost productivity
    As commodity prices level out, maximizing performance of corn and soybean seeds and plants has never been more important. 
  • Spotlight on consumer seed needs
    Allowing for the creation of better-tasting fruits and vegetables and more nutritious fruits and vegetables. Produce turf that’s better for sports and recreation. Create flowers that are more vibrant and pleasing with fragrance. Those are a few of the unseen advantages that improved seed technology can achieve. 
  • Seed industry reacts to lower price trend
    Despite a forecast of higher global and U.S. grain stocks that are driving commodity prices down, the mood of the U.S. seed industry remains upbeat, according to the CEO of the American Seed Trade Association. 
  • Indiana remains leader in soil health
    Indiana continues to be a leader in soil health and conservation. In fact, it is because of soil health and the state’s conservation partnership that Indiana is recognized as a leader in the country, Jane Hardisty, state soil conservationist, said. 
  • Farm Bureau has big plans for 2015
    Hundreds of Indiana Farm Bureau members met in Indianapolis for the annual legislative kickoff. Nearly 60 legislators joined in for lunch and conversation about the bureau’s priorities for 2015. 
  • Agriculture scholarships available
    The deadline, Feb. 1, is approaching for agriculture students to take advantage of tuition support offered through the IAA Foundation. Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. 
  • Keep close eye on feed costs
    Feed costs have a significant impact on the profitability of cow herds. “Feed costs for a cow-calf producer represent about 60 percent of your total cost,” said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator. 
  • Weeds present pasture problems
    Weeds growing in a pasture are an indication there is a problem. “We can control 90 percent of all our pasture weeds by good pasture management,” said Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator. 
  • Get your gardening on
    Purdue Extension is collaborating with the University of Illinois Extension to sponsor an annual seminar on gardening. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. EST Jan. 27, followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The seminar will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Beef House Restaurant, 16501 State Route 63, Covington. 

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