Indiana Corn Marketing Council Announces New Farmer Directors

first_img Previous articleSale of Historic Farm to Fund Educational ProgramsNext articleLong To Do List for Fall Field Work Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Oct 16, 2012 Two Hoosier corn farmers will join the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) board of directors in November to help direct programs that drive the success of the corn industry within the state. In addition to these new directors, three Hoosier corn farmers were re-elected to serve another term on the board during ICMC’s annual elections in August.Mike Beard from Frankfort, Ind. and Herb Ringel from Wabash Ind. were elected to serve as new board members in the At-Large seats representing the entire state of Indiana. Current ICMC directors – Dean Eppley, Mike Shuter and David Gottbrath – return to the board to serve another term.Eppley of Wabash, Ind. represents District 2, which includes Wabash, Miami, Cass, Carroll, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Elkhart counties.Shuter of Frankton, Ind. represents District 5, which includes Grant, Howard, Tipton, Clinton, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Rush, Decatur, Bartholomew, Shelby, Marion, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, and Boone counties. Shuter currently serves as president of ICMC.Gottbrath of Pekin, Ind. represents District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown, Lawrence, Jackson, Washington, Orange, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, and Perry counties.ICMC works on behalf of corn farmers in Indiana who contribute to the corn checkoff. The ICMC Board of Directors is responsible for the investment of those checkoff funds. Under its five-year strategic plan, ICMC has focused on five major initiatives to help enhance the value of corn for Hoosier farmers. The main areas of investment are grain marketing, livestock, biofuels, production research and environmental programs, and new use innovation.The recently elected farmer directors will begin serving on the ICMC board of directors in November 2012 and will serve a three-year term.Source: ICMC Indiana Corn Marketing Council Announces New Farmer Directors SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn Marketing Council Announces New Farmer Directorslast_img read more


Hoosier Volunteers a Must for Successful National FFA Convention

first_img SHARE Hoosier Volunteers a Must for Successful National FFA Convention Previous articleSomething is Missing from the CampaignNext articleWind Industry Thriving But Continued Success Depends on Congress Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Oct 28, 2012 Facebook Twitter The just concluded National FFA Convention meant over 50,000 blue jackets in Indiana, but to pull off such a massive event with venues all over the state, there are also many thousands of volunteers, including several thousand just to judge Career Development Events. Tracie Egger, Assistant Director Academic Programs for the Purdue College of Agriculture, was one of those coordinating volunteers.“Seven years ago when FFA came to us and wanted Indiana to be the host state, as Purdue is the land grant, we wanted to be the host institution, if you will, of National FFA. So I helped coordinate a Purdue contact for each of the 24 Career Development Event areas.”She spoke with HAT during judging of the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Wednesday. The next day the event moved to the Martell Forest on Purdue’s campus.“The students will do a team activity portion. They’ll be given a problem that they’ll need to work together as a team and come up with some resolution ideas. They’ll present that to a group of two judges and then the judges collaborate on a score. They’ll do the written portion, the press releases, and then a number of other written activities, all around the environmental and natural resources area.”For Purdue College of Ag, the FFA convention is their number one recruitment event with much of that occurring at the Purdue booth at the Expo.“What we do there is collect as much contact information from these high school students, get them in the Purdue mailing system so we can then contact them and invite them to our specific college of ag events and really try to steward them into picking a major that will really fit their desires and interests.”[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/FFA-volunteers.mp3|titles=FFA volunteers]How is recruitment going for the college of ag at Purdue? Egger says very well. Hear more in the full HAT interview:[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/Tracie-Egger.mp3|titles=Tracie Egger]As the 2012 convention neared its close Kayliegh Warner from DeKalb Central FFA in Indiana was named a national proficiency winner for agriscience and a Star in Agriscience national finalist. Indiana’s national officer candidate Micah Matlock did not make the final six. SHARE Home News Feed Hoosier Volunteers a Must for Successful National FFA Convention Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Indiana State Poultry Association Donates 232,000 Pounds of Food to…

first_img SHARE Donations to food banks and other charities were made in part by Berne Hi-Way Hatchery, Creighton Brothers, Culver Duck, Farbest Foods, Hy-Line North America; Maple Leaf Farms, Midwest Poultry Services, Miller Poultry, Perdue Farms, Rose Acre Farms, Tyson Foods, and Wabash Valley Produce. Previous articleStill Hope for the Farm Bill This YearNext articleIndiana to be Home of National Soil Health Tour in 2014 Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana State Poultry Association Donates 232,000 Pounds of Food to Hungry… The Indiana State Poultry Association is a member organization that represents over 95% of the poultry producers in the state of Indiana. The poultry industry in Indiana contributes a total of over $2.5 billion dollars annually to Indiana’s economy. Indiana is the number one duck producing state, ranks 3rd in egg production, 6th in turkey production, and raises millions of broiler chickens each year. Facebook Twitter Indiana State Poultry Association Donates 232,000 Pounds of Food to Hungry Hoosiers In addition to the donation, members of the Indiana State Poultry Association presented the Lt. Governor the State turkey, in appreciation of her continued support of Indiana agriculture.  Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Secretary of Agriculture, today accepted a donation from representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association of a record 232,000 pounds – 105 tons – of Indiana poultry products for Hoosier food pantries. The donation took place during a ceremony at the State House. Poultry producers will be delivering products to their local food pantries throughout the state over the next several weeks. Lt. Governor Ellspermann has asked that the products from the ceremony be delivered to Gleaner’s Food Bank in Indianapolis.   “This act of generosity by the Indiana State Poultry Association represents what it means to be a Hoosier,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “I encourage all Hoosiers to follow this example by donating to food banks or other social service agencies within their communities during this Holiday season.” By Gary Truitt – Nov 25, 2013 SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana State Poultry Association’s Executive Vice President Paul Brennan noted, “Indiana’s poultry producers benefit the Hoosier economy and contribute to the state and their local communities through donations. This event alone has occurred for 66 consecutive years.”last_img read more


FDA Trans Fat Rules Unclear

first_img SHARE FDA Trans Fat Rules Unclear The American Feed Industry Association today filed comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the removal of trans fats from America’s food system. Although AFIA has no opinion on FDA’s proposal to phase out partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from the “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, category for human consumption, the organization expressed concern that FDA does not clearly define that the phase-out process only applies to human food for consumption and not animal food. “AFIA believes FDA’s tentative determination on trans fats is unclear in areas as it does not verify that the language is not valid for food for consumption by animals other than man,” said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs. “Based on the information published in the ‘Federal Register’ notice on Nov. 8, 2013, we believe that is not FDA’s intention, but are requesting clarification to prevent future confusion between the agency and the feed industry.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleGrowth Energy Celebrates 5-Years of Hard WorkNext articleBeck’s Unveils New Non-Seed Offerings Gary Truitt AFIA explained FDA published no information in the “Federal Register” that indicates the agency’s concern “beyond food for human consumption.” There also was no representative listed from FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, only a contact from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which does not handle animal feed issues. “None of the seven questions on which FDA seeks comment pertains to animal food. Moreover, none of the 46 references cited appears to have any direct relevance to animal food,” AFIA commented.center_img Facebook Twitter “AFIA believes the clarification we are requesting is warranted because the statutory definition of ‘food additive’ in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act applies with equal force to food for human consumption and consumption of food by animals other than man,” said Wilkinson. “At the very least, we would like a letter from FDA to be placed in the rulemaking docket addressing the clarification.” By Gary Truitt – Mar 6, 2014 Defined as an ingredient by the Association of American Feed Control Officials since 1989, vegetable oils and PHOs have a long history of safe use as an animal food ingredient for multiple species. In addition, vegetable oils, some of which that are PHOs, provide essential fatty acids in the diets and rations of livestock, poultry, aquaculture and companion animals.  Home Indiana Agriculture News FDA Trans Fat Rules Unclearlast_img read more


DuPont Pioneer Harvest Report South East Indiana

first_imgHome News Feed DuPont Pioneer Harvest Report South East Indiana Facebook Twitter SHARE DuPont Pioneer Harvest Report South East Indiana Bush told HAT that, in areas where rain was timely, the numbers are extremely good, “In a plot in Shelby County, some of the new Pioneer hybrids did extremely well. Our newest hybrids took 5 of the top 6 places with P1197AM winning the plot at 307 bpa.”  But in areas where the rain did not come, it is another story with numbers well under 200 bpa. Bush reported that, in Harrison County where conditions were much dryer, “The plot averaged 150 bpa.”  Bush added that even in these stressful conditions Pioneer hybrids did extremely well.  SHARE Harvest is moving across parts of Indiana this week, and early yield numbers from Southeast Indiana show a great deal of variation. Southeastern counties had too much and too little rain this year and the yields reflect that. Brian Bush, with DuPont Pioneer, says early numbers are all over the place, “Harvest is underway on with our sandy soils being harvested first. There are some very good yields and some disappointing yields being reported.” By Gary Truitt – Sep 23, 2014 Another issue impacting yield in SE Indiana is disease pressure. According to Bush, “We had a lot of Northern Leaf Blight this year and, in fields that did not spray a foliar fungicide, had disappointing yields. But high performing hybrids like P1105 when sprayed with a fungicide, yields are exceptional.” DuPont Pioneer Harvest Report South East Indiana Previous articleSouth East Indiana Yield Numbers Show Wide VariationNext articleEPA Abandons Key Farm Case in West Virginia Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Over the next few weeks, Hoosier Ag Today will be checking in with DuPont Pioneer agronomists around the state. You can listen to the complete report with Brian Bush on the DuPont Pioneer agronomy page.last_img read more


Farm Show Seminar Gets Farmers to Meat of Farm Bill

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Jim Mintert-FB at farm showDr. Jim Mintert helped cut through the clutter of the new farm bill during the Wednesday Hoosier Ag Today seminar at the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture has joined Farm Bureau, Indiana Corn and Soybean and others in recent weeks around the state helping producers understand the new options farm bill under the farm bill, and he told HAT he finds most farmers are appropriately learning the bill sequentially.“We need to do base acre reallocation if we’re going to do base acres change, now. We need to do the yield updates now, and then the program election, we’ve got some time to study that a little bit, so most people that I’ve visited with are focused on base acreage reallocation potential and the yield update decision and just starting to think about which of these programs might be more advantageous.”When updating options on base acres, Mintert said there is one option that stands out as most likely to be the best one.“If you have an opportunity to reallocate base acreage towards corn and away from soybeans, we think that would be something you ought to look at very closely. In a lot of situations, probably most situations in the Corn Belt, we think that will be advantageous because we think the program payments under corn will be larger than under soybeans.”Farmers can update yield history and/or reallocate base acres through Feb. 27, 2015.The program election decision has to be made by the end of March. He said for most Indiana farmers it will be most advantageous to look closest at the Ag Risk Coverage County Program.The real decision point and the reason the Agriculture Risk Coverage program at the individual farm level is not so attractive is the fact that payments on that program are only made on 65% of your base acres, whereas in the other two programs (ARC county level and Price Loss Coverage) payments are made on 85% of your base acres. So, that for many farms in the Corn Belt makes the Ag Risk Coverage at the individual farm level relatively unattractive.”Farm Bill Workshops around the state of Indiana in January will be held in Wabash (Tuesday, 1/6), Batesville (Thursday, 1/8), West Lafayette (Friday, 1/9) and Ft. Wayne (Thursday, 1/15). Each workshop will run from 1 to 4 p.m. (EST). Prior to each workshop, Indiana Farm Bureau will host a state policy luncheon that will begin at 11:30 a.m. (EST). The workshops are jointly sponsored by the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, Indiana Farm Service Agency, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana State Department of Agriculture. The workshop and luncheon are both free, but you’re asked to register for them online. Click this link for a recorded Purdue farm bill webinar. By Andy Eubank – Dec 17, 2014 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Show Seminar Gets Farmers to Meat of Farm Bill Previous articleNCGA Urges President to Sign Tax Extenders BillNext articleDeck Stacked Against Ag and Biofuels in Report Andy Eubank SHARE Farm Show Seminar Gets Farmers to Meat of Farm Billlast_img read more


Cancelling Atrazine Would Cost Farmers $2.5 billion

first_img SHARE Cancelling Atrazine Would Cost Farmers $2.5 billion Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Cancelling Atrazine Would Cost Farmers $2.5 billion Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarmers’ Almanac Launches Farmer of the Year ContestNext articleTime to Talk Up Trade Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 17, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft report on ecological risks of Atrazine in June of this year as part of its re-registration process for the herbicide. If the assessment recommendations are allowed to stand, farmers would essentially lose access to atrazine, and that would cost farmers a lot of money. The National Corn Growers Association says the EPA report could cost the industry up to $2.5 billion in yield losses and increased production costs, all at a time when incomes are down sharply. A 2012 University of Chicago study showed that farming without atrazine would cost farmers an extra $59 per acre. That is a large boost in costs when farm incomes have dropped 55 percent in the past two years. A jump in costs that high would not only affect producers but would have ramifications across the entire agribusiness industry.NCGA First Vice President Wesley Spurlock of Texas is urging farmers to contact the EPA and voice their concerns. Atrazine has been a mainstay of corn, sorghum, and sugar cane farmers for 50 years, and some of the toughest weeds are resistant to other herbicides but not to atrazine.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more


Trade Tariffs Not Impacting Propane Prices

first_img Trade Tariffs Not Impacting Propane Prices Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 28, 2018 SHARE SHARE The U.S.-China trade war is impacting many markets and parts of the U.S. economy, but the propane sector is not one of them. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of propane and had been an exporter of propane gas to China. That is no longer the case with tariffs in place. Yet, exports remain strong, says Dennis St. Aubin of CHS Propane, “Since the tariffs went into effect, our propane exports have had to find other destinations in the world; but they have been doing that.”Unlike other markets that have been impacted by the trade dispute, Aubin says propane prices are expected to remain stable.”I don’t see prices going down. We have a little fluctuation but no major changes over what it has been year to year.” He urges farmers and rural residents to fill up as we move into winter but stresses there is not a shortage.For more details, contact your local Indiana coop or fuel supplier. Home Indiana Agriculture News Trade Tariffs Not Impacting Propane Prices Previous articlePerdue Talks Possible Trade Aid AdjustmentsNext articleCommentary: Food, the New Hate Speech Gary Truittlast_img read more


Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA

first_img Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA By USDA Communications – May 5, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the finalists of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).“This short list of locations took into consideration critical factors required to uphold the important missions of ERS and NIFA. We also considered factors important to our employees, such as quality of life,” Secretary Perdue said. “Relocation will help ensure USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government, allowing us to be closer to our stakeholders and move our resources closer to our customers. Our commitment to the public and our employees is to continue to be transparent as we proceed with our analysis.”Background:As part of the rigorous site selection process, USDA narrowed the Expressions of Interest list using a set of established criteria defined by USDA, NIFA, and ERS leadership. The criteria included:Quality of Life: Subcategory examples include Diversity Index, Residential Housing Costs, Access to Healthcare, and Home and Community Safety Ranking.Costs (Capital and Operating): Subcategory examples include Commercial Real Estate Costs, CPI Index, and Wage Costs.Workforce: Subcategory examples include Labor Force Growth Rate, Unemployment Rate, and the Labor Force Population.Logistics / IT Infrastructure: Subcategory examples include Lodging Availability, Proximity to Customers, and Airport Accessibility.The top Expressions of Interest were reviewed in detail, and USDA selected a short list of locations offering existing buildings with sufficient space to meet ERS and NIFA requirements. In alphabetical order, these are the top three Expressions of Interest under consideration:While not in the top three, these Expressions of Interest in alphabetical order remain under consideration as alternative locations should the top three locations not suit USDA’s needs: Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleTrump Says Tariffs Will Increase on Chinese Goods Friday After Slow NegotiationsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 6, 2019 USDA Communicationslast_img read more


Indiana Corn and Soybean Crop Conditions Fall

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn and Soybean Crop Conditions Fall Indiana Corn and Soybean Crop Conditions Fall Scattered rains brought relief to some fields last week while others continued to suffer, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Soil moisture levels improved statewide last week, though not all farms received rainfall.The Indiana corn crop is rated 32% good to excellent, a 1% drop from a week ago. The Indiana soybean crop is also down 1% from a week ago at 33% good to excellent. Nationally, corn is rated 56% good to excellent down 1% from last week. Soybeans are rated 53% good to excellent, down 1% as well.The average temperature for the week was 74.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.9 degrees above normal for Indiana. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 3.51 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1 inch. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 18.Above average temperatures coupled with sporadic and, in some areas, non-existent rainfall caused farmers to continue to worry about adequate precipitation during grain fill. In those areas that received rainfall, crop conditions remained steady or slightly improved while areas receiving little to no rainfall saw conditions deteriorate. The 2019 Indiana corn and soybean crops were in much worse shape than they were during the same time in 2018. Growers continued to hope for a late killing frost.Livestock producers in areas that were devoid of rainfall began to supplemental feed because pastures were no longer adequate for the nutrition needs of their livestock. Facebook Twitter SHARE By USDA Communications – Aug 19, 2019 SHARE Previous articleNearly 17,000 Enrolled in New Dairy Margin Coverage ProgramNext articleFSA Still on Track for MFP2.0 Payments to Arrive This Week or Next USDA Communicationslast_img read more