2015 ag exports lowered

  USDA cut total ag exports for 2015 to $140.5 billion. Sharon Sydow, senior economist for USDA says those numbers are down slightly from February. She explains where the decreases can be found.  “Projected horticultural exports were lowered by about $1 billion due to slower than expected shipments,” she says.  “Also the exports for livestock,… Read more »

Increasing access to higher blends of ethanol

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $100 million worth of grants to help install new blender pumps across the country. Secretary Vilsack says the new partnership hopes to double the number of fuel pumps in the US capable of carrying higher blends of ethanol – such as E15 and E85. Tom Buis, Growth Energy CEO says… Read more »

NRCS launches Client Gateway

The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched its new web application Thursday.  NRCS Chief Jason Weller says the Conservation Client Gateway will allow farmers to access all of their conservation information online. He says this is a way for farmers to work with NRCS without having to take time to go into the office.  “They can… Read more »

Renewable fuels vital to Ohio economy

Mark Borer, president of the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association says ethanol plays a vital role in Ohio’s economy. EPA is set to release its final Renewable Fuels Standard rule on June 1, and Borer says the rule will help determine the amount of biofuels blended into the nation’s fuel supply.  “It’s critically important for Ohio’s… Read more »

Ag economy is positioned well

Despite a softening agricultural economy, a farm lending CEO says the agriculture industry is doing well. Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America says several years of strong farm income has positioned farmers well for what may be challenging times ahead in the ag industry.  “We’ve seen our customers really focusing in on… Read more »

Donnelly disappointed with EPA ruling

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s disappointed with EPA’s final ruling on the Clean Water Rule (formerly Waters of the US).  “This process has been a mess from the start,” he says.  “Indiana farmers are frustrated and so am I.  I wish it had been done a different way.  We’re still gathering all the information… Read more »

Green industry experiencing shortages

Nurseries and greenhouses this year aren’t prepared for growing demand. Amy Frankmann, Executive Director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, says the state’s harsh winters and past economic downturn has affected supplies in the industry. “Now that demand has increased, we’re finding that our trees and our shrubs that are on a two year… Read more »

BOAH bans poultry movement in Indiana

The Indiana state Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is limiting movement of poultry to prevent exposure to H5 Avian Influenza.  Denise Derrer, BOAH public information director says the board took a significant step to protect the state’s poultry population.  “BOAH has issued a ban on movement of any birds that will go to a location… Read more »

Pork producers set to thrive

A Brazilian consultant says the animal protein market is changing.  Dr. Osler Desourzart, CEO of Brazil based OD Consulting says pork currently accounts for 33 percent of the total demand for protein – and he expects that to increase. So what does that mean for pork producers?  “Get ready to purchase more pork, guys,” he… Read more »

Celebrating one of Indiana’s specialty crops

Specialty crops play a vital role in Indiana agriculture. Jeanette Merritt, marketing director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team says when consumers think about Indiana agriculture, corn and soybeans are top of mind. But the number of vineyards across the state are on the rise as more people are looking to get back into agriculture. … Read more »