Local farm brings hope to food desert

A hydroponic produce farm in Indianapolis is filling a need in food deserts around the city. Food deserts are areas where grocery stores aren’t easily accessible. More than 200,000 people live in food deserts in Indy, according to a study published by SAVI.





Payne reflects on IFCA leadership role

Regulations, consolidations, state budget cuts, training requirements and environmental concerns are only a snapshot of issues Jean Payne took head-on during her two-plus decades at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.


Johnson named interim IFCA president

The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association has named KJ Johnson as its interim president. In this role, Johnson will serve as CEO. He will manage the overall operation and resources of IFCA, including oversight of regulatory and legislative issues and the development of programs that promote stewardship and safety for the nutrient and agrichemical industry.


Local ag professional recognized for longtime membership

Douglas D. Ray, accredited farm manager with Ray Farm Management Services in Princeton, was recently recognized by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for 35 years of membership within the organization.