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  • As session ends, a look at what happened
    Monday, May 04, 2015 5:00 PM
    Legislators wrapped up the first session of the 2015 General Assembly last week. For Indiana Farm Bureau, the session ended on a high note, with progress being made on several key issues. 
  • Lower egg production 1st sign of avian flu
    Monday, May 04, 2015 3:00 PM
    As temperatures rise and summer months approach, the poultry industry may be reaching the tail end of the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza that was first identified in December.  
  • Cummins chief talks environment
    Monday, May 04, 2015 1:00 PM
    R.J. “Rich” Freeland, president and chief operating officer at Cummins Inc., spoke recently on the company’s commitment to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment at an AgrIInstitute Thought Leaders Luncheon in Indianapolis. 
  • Ag innovation spans centuries
    Monday, May 04, 2015 11:00 AM
    Remnants of an idea traced back to this Morgan County seat about 165 years ago still can be seen across Illinois and beyond. 
  • Historic farm preserves 'railroad' tracks
    Monday, May 04, 2015 9:00 AM
    Michael Huffaker lived the American Dream while fulfilling the dreams of others in a more clandestine way during a dark time in U.S. history. Kentucky-born Huffaker set out on horseback in 1821 for Illinois in search of fertile, inexpensive, government land in the 3-year-old state. 
  • Planting begins
    It has been an interesting spring so far. The weather has been a challenge to outguess. Many producers had opted to hold back on planting until last week. 
  • Ready to roll
    Corn planting began for just a few, mostly a little south of me about the first week of April. Most guys did not start then as it was pretty early for this area to start. We and many others did some planting around April 17-18, then we did get a small shower. 
  • Corn nearly in
    In our central area of the state, we’ve been fortunate to experience less precipitation, which has allowed for the majority of the corn crop to be planted. Our farm’s earliest corn survived the cooler temperatures, but lacks that vibrant green color. 
  • Challenges ahead
    The spring season has been slow to cooperate with a lot of field activity so far. Temperatures so far have been somewhat below normal at this point, keeping soils on the wetter side. 
  • Open new markets for goods
    No matter how much we invest in our farmers and advance policies that encourage them to invest in themselves, it is futile if those policies do not advance opportunities and open new markets for U.S. agriculture products. 
  • Catfights, Chipolte and staying connected
    Today, I want to talk about catfights and Chipotle’s anti-GMO message. Real, actual catfights. I have three cats; I’m one cat shy of crazy cat lady status. My youngest is Brady, a rescue cat
  • Food price index continues downward
    One typically chilly February morning seven years ago I was en route to Johnston, Iowa, to cover an event when I flipped on talk radio and heard some frightening news. 
  • Woodland acres and livestock do mix
    Although some farmers use woodland areas to graze their livestock, I learned at a grazing conference that when timber, livestock and forage production occur on the same acreage it is called a silvopasture. 
  • GMO debate muddies gardening urge
    Gardening season. Ordinarily, two words that instill joy and excitement and enthusiasm, the prospect of spending sunny weekend days and early weeknights planting and mulching and hoeing and encouraging seeds and seedlings to grow. 
  • Spring is here — enjoy it!
    The skies have cleared, the snow has melted and the calendar is steadily marching onward. 



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