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  • Study: Lake Erie offers feast for Asian carp
    Runaway growth of algae in Lake Erie since the early 2000s has made the shallowest of the Great Lakes even more vulnerable to an invasion by greedy Asian carp, federal scientists said. 
  • FAA OKS drone crop sprayer
    A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States. Steve Markofski of Yamaha Corp. U.S.A. said that the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval is a first. 
  • Cooperative agriculture delivery services grow
    Twenty years ago, Darren Swartz dressed in a suit and tie each day as a sales representative for a Kansas City-based pharmaceutical company. He grew hot peppers in pots on his urban patio. 
  • Using social media to attract customers
    A recent Facebook post read, “The extraction process begins!” The Facebook post was about the honey-making process happening at Ginger’s Farm in Eaton, during which followers were being updated in real time. 
  • Long-range forecast looks good for production
    Meteorologist Ryan Martin’s growing season forecast of 12 months ago called for ideal conditions for crop production in 2014. 
  • Clutch maker to expand in Indiana
    FCC (Indiana) LLC, an automatic transmission clutch manufacturer, announced plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 57 new jobs by 2016. The company will invest $15.48 million to add 76,000 square feet to its existing 300,000-square-foot production space on its 63-acre campus in Portland. 
  • Device simplifies farm chore
    Ethan Eck remembers dumping agricultural chemicals into a farm sprayer as being kind of a pain in the rear. If you’re doing it a few dozen times a day — and you’re supposed to rinse out and dispose of the jugs, too — then it’s more than an inconvenience. It’s an entrepreneurial opportunity. 
  • Man hopes to turn passion for pickles into business
    A Gloucester man hopes his homemade pickles will provide customers with the perfect crunch. It’s been about 13 years since Myron LaPine, 52, started pickling as a hobby. During that time, he has discovered his love for it, tinkered with his recipes and won many blue ribbons at the Topsfield Fair. 
  • Planting pace changes little
    Despite advances in farm machinery and crop management practices, the maximum number of Indiana corn and soybean acres planted per week in 2015 is not much different than 20 years ago, according to a new article by Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen. 
  • Purdue sets crop management workshops
    Agribusiness professionals, consultants and educators who work with farmers will learn new strategies for identifying and responding to crop problems in a series of workshops beginning in May at Purdue University’s Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center. 



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