Lt. Governor requests action from EPA on the RFS

  Indiana’s Lt. Governor wants the Environmental Protection Agency to take swift action on setting requirements for the renewable fuels standard. In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann said the proposed reductions and uncertainty in the volume requirements significantly impacts Indiana farmers and the state’s 14 biofuels plants. Ellspermann says farmers… Read more »

Comment period for RFS ends today

Today is the deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Megan Kuhn with Indiana Corn says over the weekend the Indiana Corn Growers Association was at the Brickyard 400 helping farmers and users of ethanol submit comments in support of the RFS.  “What’s a better time to get folks… Read more »

Partnering to promote service

This weekend’s Brickyard 400 will be the first time the National FFA Organization is featured as a primary car sponsor in a NASCAR race. The Number 38 Living to Serve Ford is a partnership between FFA and CSX. Driver David Gilliland says he’s excited to represent the organization.  “I think what they do is incredible,”… Read more »

Corn prices likely to remain at current levels

The price of corn continues to be a concern. Wells Fargo ag economist Michael Swanson says “Four dollar to $4.50 corn will not be unusual.”  He says there is increased pressure from the global marketplace.  “Look at the crop the Brazilians are growing – they can grow a lot of corn at $4.00 and $4.50,”… Read more »

Gov. Rauner seeks Disaster Declaration for flood damage

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is seeking a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for all counties in Illinois experiencing crop damage related to the recent flooding. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Rauner says since June 1, Illinois farmers have sustained significant crop damage due to excessive rainfall and subsequent flooding.  He says yields in… Read more »

Plant cover crops in washed out areas

Indiana state conservationist Jane Hardisty says it isn’t too early to think about preparing fields for the 2016 planting season. She says cover crops can help repair some of the damage done to fields this year that were left unplanted or were washed out due to flooding.  “Get something growing out there over the winter,”… Read more »

Commodity board election results announced

Results of the state agricultural commodity board elections have been announced.  The elections filled positions on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, and the Wool Marketing Board. The boards oversee the use of check-off dollars. Illinois Corn Marketing Board – District 2 – Louis Lamoreaux of Lanark District 5 –… Read more »

Parts of Indiana could see total crop loss

Some farmers in southwest Indiana are looking at total crop loss from this year’s flooding. Just looking at the river bottom farm ground – it looks like the river is just really high.  While that is the case – that isn’t the whole story. Randy Kron farms in southwest Indiana and has about 500 acres… Read more »

Indiana farmers investing are in conservation

Results from a fall tillage transect shows Indiana’s farmers are making investments in soil and water conservation practices. A tillage transect is a survey of cropland conducted by using a predetermined route to look at farm fields in multiple counties and collecting data on tillage methods, plant cover, and residue. State conservationist Jane Hardisty says… Read more »

Wisconsin sweets & treats

Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland Teyanna Loether is travelling the state this month talking about sweets & treats.  Honey, maple syrup and ice cream. Wisconsin has 35 ice cream plants producing 19 million gallons per year.  Loether says the best way to make sure it is Wisconsin ice cream is to look the Wisconsin Dairy logo. … Read more »