Hoosier Ag Today

  • Looking to the Past to Deal with the Future
    Past-can-help-deal-with-future Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, ISDA Director Bruce Kettler, Indiana’s Family of Farmers Jeanette Merritt, with Essay Winner Josie Butler, 5th Grader at Tipton ElementaryThe threat against USDA by a farmer this week demonstrates the depth of frustration being felt by many producers. However, drawing on the heritage of the ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 22, 2019
  • River Friendly Farmers Honored for Dedication to Conserving Indiana Natural Resources
    River-Friendly-Farmer-program-adds-47 Indiana’s River Friendly Farmer program has honored 47 new members who join more than 1,000 others recognized for their work to protect the state’s rivers, lakes and streams. Farmers are nominated by their local Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and past recipient Roger Wenning says that makes it ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 22, 2019
  • USDA Begins Mailing First Round of MFP Checks
    Farmers are seeing payments from the first round of the latest trade aid in the mailbox. Farm Service Agency director Richard Fordyce says the first payments are being mailed out now, and farmers are reporting receiving the checks. Round one of the three potential payments is 50 percent of the ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 22, 2019
  • NRCS Announces Additional Funding to Plant Cover Crops on Flooded Cropland Acreage
    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received additional funding for a special Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) sign-up throughout Indiana for those farmers who could not plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields. This funding is available statewide. Excessive moisture and flooding in 2019 have prevented or ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 22, 2019
  • Field Day to Show How Smoke Can be Used to Measure Soil Health
    A wicked wet spring and challenging summer have left many farmers looking for answers and possible alternatives. A consortium of soil health professionals are working together to help support farmers through this difficult time. The Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District, Wabash County Soil and Water Conservation District, Wabash ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 22, 2019
  • Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at Washington
    Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at Washington Poet in Cloverdale-Google MapsPOET is idling its Cloverdale, Indiana ethanol processing plant, and the company announcement this week went straight to the issue of small refinery waivers granted by the EPA, most recently Friday’s move of 31 more exemptions from the ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 21, 2019
  • ‘If You Didn’t Look at the Calendar…Crops Look Pretty Good’
    ‘If You Didn’t Look at the Calendar…Crops Look Pretty Good’ Farmers convened in Wabash, IN for a Dairyland Seed Field Day event on Wednesday. I spoke with Allen County farmer Randy Schaefer about the difficult season we’ve experienced here in the Hoosier state. He said they didn’t get started until ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 21, 2019
  • USDA Pulls Employees from Crop Tour Following Threat
    Farmer angst spread to Pro Farmer’s Midwest Crop Tour Wednesday. The Department of Agriculture pulled all personnel from the tour after an angry farmer allegedly threatened a USDA employee over the phone. Pro Farmer says the threat reported on the western leg of the tour was not from a tour ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 21, 2019
  • China Hopeful U.S. Will Meet Halfway in Trade Talks
    China is hopeful the U.S. will meet them “halfway” in trade negotiations. In a daily news conference, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed hope the two sides could “find a mutually-acceptable solution” through trade negotiations. China maintains that economic cooperation between China and the U.S. is “win-win in nature.” China ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 21, 2019
  • EPA Seeks Public Comment on Pesticide Applications for Hemp
    The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on ten pesticide applications to expand their use on hemp. The requests are the result of the December 2018 Farm Bill provisions that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing hemp for commercial use and production. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the ... read more
    Hoosier Ag TodayAugust 21, 2019