Putting a spotlight on dairy at the Indianapolis 500

The Fastest Rookie award luncheon is one of two events that highlights the Indiana dairy industry during race week and on race day.  Deb Osza, general manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana says the drink of milk in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500 is a tradition that puts the dairy industry front and center. Osza… Read more »

New Wheat Growers CEO will re-examine some current views

The National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) new CEO, Chandler Goule, says he’ll have to re-examine his views on trade.  The National Farmers Union, Goule’s current employer, and for whom he frequently serves as spokesman, is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but NAWG supports it. “I understand both sides of trade and the benefits, because… Read more »

Online tool for designing life-saving manure storage

An online tool has been developed to help save the lives of people who enter manure storage facilities on the farm. Dennis Murphy, Nationwide Insurance professor of agriculture, safety and health, says pits are designed for the safety of animals but there are complicated computations for designing adequate ventilation for people. That’s where the tool… Read more »

Average farm worker makes $12.75/hour

The USDA says the average farm worker earned $12.75 per hour during April. That’s a four percent increase compared to the same week last year. Field workers during April earned an average of $12 per hour, up six percent. Livestock farm workers earned a penny more, a four percent increase from 2015.  The average work… Read more »

Critical need for credit access

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Testimony at a Senate Ag Committee hearing Thursday focused on the critical need for farmers to have access to affordable credit during the difficult farm economy. Jeffrey Hall with the Farm Credit Administration testified that the farm credit crisis of the 1980s might be similar but is not the same for today’s farmers.  “At that… Read more »

Organization says EPA issues another road block to corn market

The president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association says the organization is disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard. As Ohio farmers struggle to get their cops in the ground Preble County farmer Chad Kemp says the EPA put up another roadblock to farmers’ access… Read more »

More profits ahead for pork producers

A livestock market specialist says 2016 is shaping up nicely for pork producers.  Ron Plain, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri says the year started off in the red, but since then has turned positive.  “April sales showed about a $9 per head profit,” he says.  “We expect that to improve as we move… Read more »

Cash rents holding on in Indiana, Ohio

Cash rents have started to decline, but Dennis Badger with Farm Credit Mid-America says they still aren’t at levels that correlate with grain prices. He says there is reason behind landowners’ hesitancy to lower cash rents.  “Most landowners still have to contend with property tax rates that have been increasing over the past two to… Read more »

Study indicates shortage in migrant workers

A recent study from Ball State University found that the percentage of agricultural workers who migrate within the United States has dropped significantly. Maoyong Fan says the number of workers has decreased by 60 percent since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Because the many parts of the agriculture industry rely on short-term labor to… Read more »

The possibility of a switch to soybeans

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of switching corn acres to soybeans – especially in areas where planting is already delayed. Purdue Extension ag economist Chris Hurt says not everyone will be able to make the switch – especially farmers that already have fertilizer down.  “I think we’re looking at a… Read more »