Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer awards

Indiana Farm Bureau will be well represented next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in San Diego.  Chris and Marah Steele of Adams County will compete for the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award.  In addition to working off the farm, the Steele’s own and operate a corn maze and you-pick… Read more »

Indiana Wines for the holidays

It’s the holiday season and with 80 wineries around the state, it’s pretty easy to find the perfect wine for your holiday meal. Indiana Wines marketing director Jeanette Merritt says start by stopping in your local winery.  “Tell the folks behind the counter what kind of food you’re going to be serving for those holiday… Read more »

Indiana Pork partners in Operation Christmas

Indiana Pork is partnering with the Metro Baptist Center of Indianapolis to provide hams for its annual Operation Christmas initiative.  Indiana Pork donated $2,500 towards the purchase of 600 hams for Christmas food baskets. Tom Polak, executive director for the Metro Baptist Center says without Indiana Pork’s partnership this wouldn’t be possible.  “Indiana Pork’s donation… Read more »

Farmers are facing a time of moderation

Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt calls 2013 and 2014 transitional to the crop sector.  He tells Brownfield prices were transcending from very high prices to more moderate ones.  “The ’13 crop, as an example, averaged about $4.50 a bushel,” he says.  “It looks like this very large ’14 crop $3.50 a bushel.  Is coming down… Read more »

Managing tighter margins in 2015

In a world where margins are tighter, Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt says farmers are going to have to make some adjustments. Starting in the short term.  “We look very quickly at capital expenditures,” he says.  “This would be cutting back on purchases of new machinery, cutting back on things like irrigation, tiling, and cutting… Read more »

Members make the difference

Farm Bureau’s members are at the heart of the organization’s success.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says it is the members that make the difference.  “The president (of FB) can go to Washington, DC or go to the State House or Farm Bureau staff that are very talented can go,” he says.  “But, quite… Read more »

Purdue offers new agronomy course online

Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy is offering a distance education course to give farmers and those in the agriculture industry a better understanding of agronomy.  Agronomy Essentials aims to expand agribusiness professional’s knowledge of crop production to enhance communication with farmer clients. The course was designed by Bruce Erickson.  It includes six units with multiple… Read more »

Farmers will face property tax issues again in 2015

Heading into 2015, Indiana farmers will be facing some of the same challenges they’ve seen in recent years. Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says farmers continue to fight the property tax issue within the state.  “Our members and farmers all across the state have had a 33 percent increase over the last three years,”… Read more »

Delegates reelect Chism as 2nd vice-president

Indiana Farm Bureau delegates reelected Isabella Chism as the organization’s second vice-president during their annual meeting.  Chism was first elected in 2006.  In addition to serving as second vice-president and a member of the board of directors for Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, she chairs the 10-member INFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Chism… Read more »

Gasoline prices continue to fall

Over the past few months, crude oil prices have fallen over $45 a barrel.  For the last few years, crude has run about $105 a barrel and last week was $59.  Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner anticipates prices continuing to decline. The decline in prices has been enough to increase the US gross domestic… Read more »