Recognizing Indiana’s farm families

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture recognized 63 Indiana farm families for their commitment to Indiana agriculture. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and ISDA Director Ted McKinney presented honorees with the Hoosier Homestead Award during a ceremony at the Statehouse on Friday. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family… Read more »

Omaha strives to be in ‘top-five’ in global agribusiness

The Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership has developed a strategy to position greater Omaha as a global leader in agribusiness. Randy Thelen, senior vice president for economic development, says the goal is to make Omaha “a top-five global leader” in value-added ag companies, jobs and investments. Thelen says expanded food processing is one area they’re… Read more »

Presidential hopefuls in Iowa to discuss ag issues

Eleven politicians who say they may compete for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination will be featured at the first-ever Iowa Agricultural Summit tomorrow (Saturday) in Des Moines. The event’s host is Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Iowa-based Summit Group. He says the purpose of the summit is to force prospective candidates to spend some time… Read more »

Growing speculation on Vilsack’s political future

There’s growing speculation about Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s political future. The recent announcement that Matt Paul, a top adviser to Secretary Vilsack, is going to manage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Iowa has fueled talk that Vilsack may be a potential vice-presidential candidate. Jim Wiesemeyer, a policy expert with Informa Economics in Washington D.C.,… Read more »

Helping producers prepare for disease threats

Over the next 5 years, the pork checkoff will invest $15 million to better prepare the nation’s pork producers in the fight against swine diseases. Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology with the National Pork Board says the Swine Health Information Center will have three functions.  It will monitor swine diseases around… Read more »

Pork Industry Forum underway in Texas

The annual business meeting of the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council gets underway today in Texas. The National Pork Industry Forum is a grass-roots opportunity for pork producers from around the country to bring forth the issues and concerns they have. Cindy Cunningham, spokesperson for the National Pork Board says there… Read more »

Illinois land values conference

Farmland values now and where they may be in the future will be discussed at the 2015 Illinois Land Values Conference, March 19 in Bloomington, Illinois.  Dale Aupperle, chairman of the Land Value and Lease Trends event says with declining prices being paid for land as well as lease rates, the Conference theme, ‘Looking for… Read more »

Food prices to increase slightly

Last year consumers saw food prices increase 2.4 percent overall and USDA economist Annemarie Kuhns says similar increases are expected for 2015. With the most noticeable increases, she says around the perimeter of the grocery store.  “Some of the meats and produce will see slightly higher than average inflation than a lot of the goods… Read more »

USDA speeding up biotech deregulation process

The USDA is speeding up the process to get new biotech crops tested and deregulated for use by farmers. Kevin Shea runs the USDA agency in charge of that process, which has been criticized in the past for being too slow. He told a congressional panel that the backlog for approvals has been rapidly reduced… Read more »

Indiana Pork receives ISDA grant

Indiana Pork has been awarded an Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The grant will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds toward the development of a biomass digester project planning tool for livestock producers. The project will address barriers to the construction and use of biomass digesters… Read more »