Handling baby chicks

Every spring salmonella outbreaks occur and one of the causes around Easter is baby chicks. State Veterinarian in Ohio, Dr. Tony Foshey says because a majority of birds carry salmonella naturally, it’s important to take precautions when handling baby chicks. “I know they are cute and all of those sorts of things.” said Forshey. “However,… Read more »

Kraft Heinz Company announced

  A mega-merger in the food industry announced on Wednesday. H.J. Heinz is merging with Kraft Foods to form the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, the fifth-largest in the world.  The new Kraft Heinz Company will have combined annual sales of $28 billion with eight brands worth more than $1 billion each…. Read more »

Soy Innovation Competition winners named

The Indiana Soybean Alliance named the winners in its annual Soy Innovation Competition.  The competition, held in partnership with the Purdue University College of Agriculture, challenges students to develop new products with the use of soybeans. This year’s winning team is “Soy Sniffs” a soybean-based air freshener. Sara Richert, a Public Relations/Strategic Communications major says… Read more »

AMI challenges science in nutrition recommendations

The North American Meat Institute is challenging the science behind the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s updated nutrition recommendations.  Janet Riley,   senior vice-president of public affairs for NAMI says the committee’s report is confusing.  “It says eat less red and processed meat, but then in a footnote it says lean meat can be part of… Read more »

Disputing IARC’s claim on glyphosate safety

Monsanto is disputing the International Agency for Research’s classification of glyphosate as a 2A rating, probable carcinogen, a cancer causing agent.  IARC is a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization that promotes international collaboration in cancer research based in France. Donna Farmer, product protection and nutrition lead at Monsanto says IARC’s classification is not… Read more »

Ag Day highlights importance of Indiana ag

To celebrate Ag Day, Indiana’s Family of Farmers challenged students to write an essay explaining the benefits of Indiana Agriculture.  Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says the contest is an opportunity to reach out to students outside of agriculture.  “This idea of communicating across lines – I was going to say barriers,… Read more »

Tighter margins force better management practices

An ag lending specialist says the downturn in commodity prices has put farmers in what he calls an agricultural efficiency cycle.  Jeff Swanhorst, chief credit officer for AgriBank says tighter margins caused farmers to keep a closer eye on their budgets.  “Management of a farm operation is going to become much more critical and much… Read more »

No drought relief in sight for California

California is winding down its “wet season” and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the record low snow pack in the Sierra Nevada is alarming.  He says the latest numbers from the California Department of Water Resources show that snow pack has about one eighth of its typical water content for this time of year. As… Read more »

Commodity prices top concern for 2015

A poll of Farm Credit lenders across 15 states shows that more 61 percent of directors survey listed commodity prices as the greatest challenge facing farmers in 2015. Jeff Swanhorst, chief credit officer for AgriBank says with potential for tighter margins, he anticipates a change in the way farmers operate.  “We’re going into what I… Read more »

Celebrating Ag Day at the Statehouse

Indiana’s Family of Farmers celebrated National Agriculture Day at the Statehouse on Wednesday.  Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney says it’s important to raise awareness about the state’s agriculture industry.  “The last time I checked, most people ate two, three, or more times a day,” he says.  “Food is relevant to everybody.  Everybody.”… Read more »