Cover crops benefit soil health

Soil health is a vital component to sustainable farming. Indiana farmer Mike Shuter has been no-till farming for nearly 30 years. He says cover crops play a significant role in maintaining soil health on his farm.  “We’re trying to keep something green and growing on the field all year round,” he says.  “It helps build… Read more »

Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial… Read more »

Armed to Farm: Meet Military Veterans Ag Liaison

The United States Department of Agriculture has a new position — Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison. Karis Gutter is Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and is taking on the additional role of MVA liaison, “As a Marine who served for more than six years, I clearly understand a number of the unique… Read more »

Thanksgiving dinner up by 4 cents per person

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner is higher than last year, but just a little.  The annual American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) survey indicates that the meal will cost $49.41.  That’s 37 cents more than in 2013.  But Farm Bureau economist John Anderson points out that the cost is for a meal to serve ten people…. Read more »

Take advantage of educational sessions

There is a lot of information to digest about the new safety net programs available to farmers. Stu Ellis, farm bill educator with the University of Illinois says farmers should really take advantage of the educational programs being offered by Extension and the Farm Service Agency.  “When you look at making a farm bill choice… Read more »

Fuel Up to Play 60 endorsed by Indiana DOE

The Fuel Up to Play 60 program gets a big endorsement in Indiana.  Earlier this week the Indiana Department of Education named Fuel Up to Play 60 the top in-school health and wellness program in the state. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the partnership between the Department of Education, Indiana Dairy and… Read more »

Armed to Farm: On-the-farm to help other vets

An Army veteran is happy to have found a farm and is planning to give other veterans hands-on farm training. Alicia Moore is learning as she goes. She did not grow up on a farm.  She was enlisted for six years and did a tour in Iraq. She was a French and Arabic translator. After… Read more »

Long-term sustainability for soil health

The Soil Health Partnership held its first meeting in Indiana yesterday. Indiana farmer Brent Bible says the partnership is an attempt to measure soil health and to help farmers figure out what management practices can be put into place to improve soil health.  “We need to ask ourselves what methods or what management practices can… Read more »

Cost of Thanksgiving meal drops in Indiana

For the second year in a row, the cost for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Indiana has decreased.  According to the annual survey, conducted by Indiana Farm Bureau the average cost for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $46.93, down almost $1.19 from last year’s average. IFB second vice president Isabella Chism says as… Read more »

Teaming up to fight food insecurity

Indiana corn and soybean farmers are teaming up with the Indianapolis Colts again this football season to help stop hunger in Indiana.  Yesterday more than 200 FFA members and farmers came together to pack meals that will be distributed through Gleaners, Midwest Food Bank, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Indiana to help in… Read more »