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Direct Marketing with a Difference Co-op market focuses as much as possible on local products At the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, you can find health-food staples such as agave nectar, organic Brazil nuts, and goji berries.
County FB wins annexation fight; another goes to court
As the fight against forced annexation continues across Indiana, county Farm Bureaus in Huntington and Hancock counties take action against their separate challenges.
Who’s who at Indiana Farm Bureau: Administrative assistant Diane Miller(2)
Indiana Farm Bureau welcomes its newest staff member, Diane Miller.
Qubein to headline IFB convention
Farm Bureau members will get on board with Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, during this year’s state convention.
Grower takes his crop to market – the supermarket, that is
“If you’d been able to come a few weeks later, I would have been able to get you a really good one,” said William Harriman as he cut into a cantaloupe pulled straight from the vine.
Selling through a co-op helps blueberry producer create good will
Blueberry lovers can buy berries from the Blueberry Ranch (blueberryranch.com) several ways.
Co-op market focuses as much as possible on local products
At the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, you can find health-food staples such as agave nectar, organic Brazil nuts, and goji berries.
Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge launched by AFBF, Georgetown
The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas have announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Leno to address AFBF convention
Acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address at the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2015.
IFB member honored as ‘Champion of Change’
The White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture honored several Farm Bureau members as “Champions of Change” for Agriculture on July 29.
August recess campaign to focus on Waters of the US, other Farm Bureau priorities
During the five-week pause in Congress known as the August recess, Farm Bureau members are encouraged to interact with their U.S. representatives and convey the issues and concerns most important to their farms and communities.
Farm bill meetings to help farmers understand deadlines, requirements
Farm Credit Mid-America, Indiana Farm Service Agency and Indiana Farm Bureau are sponsoring a series of meetings this month in Indiana and Kentucky to help farmers become better informed on the 2014 farm bill and how it could affect them.
Legislature needs to offer more tools to help citizens fight annexation
As forced annexations become increasingly common in Indiana, rural residents who don’t want their land annexed by a city or town have only a couple of real options, according to Indiana Farm Bureau tax and local government specialist Katrina Hall.
Soil health website developed for farmers
A coalition of Indiana ag organizations including Indiana Farm Bureau and Purdue Extension have used Indiana’s nutrient management/soil health strategy to create an online resource that farmers can use to make decisions on cropping systems, cover crop use, and nutrient and water management.
Ag ambassadors to travel to Michigan
This year’s Indiana Farm Bureau ACE (Agriculture Cultural Exchange) ambassadors will travel to Michigan to explore the state’s diverse agriculture. Selected to represent IFB this year are Rachel and Matthew Stine of Montgomery County and Stephen and Sherry Neff of Marshall County. The trip will take place July 29 through Aug. 1.
PAGs consider policy
Indiana Farm Bureau’s Policy Advisory Groups have been meeting this spring and summer to review policy recommendations relevant to their areas of expertise. The groups also made few new recommendations of their own.
Young farmer group brings politicians and public together
The Montgomery County Farm Bureau Young Farmers hosted U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, Indiana Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, and County Commissioner Phil Bane for a dinner and legislative discussion on June 21. The event was held at Hudson Farms in Crawfordsville.
Husk hopes to reinvigorate local food processing
Selling direct to the public is nothing new to Adam Moody and his family, which for more than a decade have been direct-retailing the beef, pork and chicken raised on their Montgomery County farm.
Farm Bureau and other ag groups partner with Habitat for Humanity
For the fifth straight year, Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Indiana agriculture sponsors to construct a house at the state fair in just 14 days.
Recipe Trail introduces cooks to Indiana farm families
The Recipe Trail at the Indiana State Fair will be back this year, with new stories, prizes, farm families and delicious recipes.
Young farmers invited to event held during Indiana State Fair
Young farmers are invited to attend a new event on Aug. 16: the Young Farmer Summer Social.
Farm Bureau to have a whole new look at the Indiana State Fair
“Over the past six months, a small group of staff has put a great deal of time and effort into a new, educational exhibit for the Farm Bureau building at the state fair,” said Julie Taylor, IFB’s education coordinator. “Our hope is that each visitor to the building will leave knowing something new about agriculture.”
Extension of comment period expands opportunity to fight proposed water rule
Thanks to pressure from the agricultural community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its proposed Clean Water Act rule.
2014 Farm Bill How Does It Affect You?
An informational meeting that will let you know about deadlines, requirements and what tools are available on the marketplace.
Ownership remains a big issue for big data
This is why the Indiana Ag Law Foundation and Indiana Farm Bureau are holding a workshop on big data for farmers on Aug. 15. The workshop will also address issues surrounding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Farmland taxes again a top priority for IFB
“Farmland property taxes are absorbing the profitability of agriculture,” she said, adding that unless state officials take action, the problem is only going to get worse – much worse.
Rural Youth/Young Adults plan reunion in September
Former Indiana Rural Youth/Young Adults members, mark your calendars.
IFB members invited to help Phyllis Stackhouse celebrate 90th birthday
Phyllis Stackhouse, widow of former Indiana Farm Bureau President Marion Stackhouse, will host an open house on June 28 to celebrate her 90th birthday, and any Farm Bureau member is welcome to attend.
Harrison County auction house goes on the block
The second Monday of every month, beginning in April 1990, was the day of a feeder calf auction at the Milltown Auction. On the second Monday of April 2014, that tradition ended.
Farm Bureau Building at the state fair to feature new look, new activities
This year at the Indiana State Fair, it is the Year of the Coliseum. It’s also the year of the redesigned Indiana Farm Bureau building.
Moudy personifies media relations
Dwight Moudy, public relations coordinator for Elkhart County Farm Bureau, speaks matter-of-factly about how he and other Farm Bureau members have become the go-to sources for local media. Moudy is on the top of the list when reporters call looking for information about the county’s agricultural community.
Three organizations receive grants from women’s committee
Three organizations – the Linton-Stockton School Corporation in Greene County, Rush County Farm Bureau and the Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District – were recently awarded grants by the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
IFB’s Intern Class of 2014
Indiana Farm Bureau’s latest crop of summer interns will be assisting in the areas of accounting, law, public relations and ag promotion and outreach.
Summer offers opportunities for county Farm Bureaus
Listed below are some opportunities for county Farm Bureaus to receive credit through IFB’s County Recognition Program for all their efforts.
Local farmer has major concerns with EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule
If the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is allowed to be implemented as currently written, entire farming operations could be disrupted, making it very difficult, if not impossible, to carry out many “normal” farming practices, according to Martinsville grain and cattle farmer Norman Voyles Jr.
To make IFB’s campaign against proposed EPA rule effective, action from individual farmers is needed
Indiana Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other state Farm Bureaus, have begun their offensive against a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that could radically redefine what can be considered “waters of the United States” and greatly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction over farmland and other private lands.
Estate and succession planning seminar available
There are still spots available for Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation’s July 17 seminar, Estate and Succession Planning for the Family Farm.
‘Big data’ topic of Aug. 15 workshop
The collection, sharing and utilization of “big data” is being hailed as the next big thing in agriculture.
IFB Drainage School returns
Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Drainage School, a seminar focusing on Indiana drainage issues, will take place Aug. 27 at IFB’s home office in downtown Indianapolis.
Rural broadband access to be studied by working group
The availability of broadband Internet access in rural Indiana is a topic that’s starting to receive some attention, according to Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s state government relations director.
Congress passes water transportation bill
A bill that, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, “puts America’s inland waterways and port infrastructure on a solid and sustainable foundation to contribute to U.S. economic growth, jobs and global competitiveness for generations to come,” has been passed by Congress and now moves to the president’s desk for his signature.
School referendums becoming common as districts grapple with tax caps
In recent elections, voters have seen a huge jump in the number of referendums on school funding. There’s a specific reason for this, said Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s state government relations director and tax specialist.
Rushville farmer represents Indiana dairies at the Indy 500
Each year in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500, the winning driver receives the coveted bottle of ice-cold milk from an Indiana dairy farmer.
American Farm Bureau tells members to ‘ditch’ EPA water rule
The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking members to resist a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it says will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms.
Skin cancer council reminds farmers and others not to ‘fry’ this summer
We all know that too much time in the sun can leave us with a painful and unattractively red sunburn, but did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Those who work outdoors – including farmers – are at particular risk.
HSUS starts ag council in Indiana
The Humane Society of the United States has created an agriculture council for the state. Similar councils exist in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio
Volunteers needed for grocery price survey program
There’s an easy, low-stress way for a member to be involved in one of Farm Bureau’s most effective public and media relations efforts.
Policy advisory groups to meet in June
Seven policy advisory groups will meet during the month of June to review county Farm Bureau policy recommendations relevant to their areas of expertise. The groups will also determine if they have their own recommendations to submit.
Grants available for many different kinds of farm improvements
“There’s an app for that” has become a cliché because there actually is an app for almost everything. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that there’s a grant for that, said author Sarah Aubrey, Farm Bureau voting member and owner of Prosperity Consulting in Morgan County.
AFBF creates new resources to help farmers understand the new farm bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new series of videos and launched a website (http://goo.gl/ujjnny) to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill.
Farm bill consolidates conservation programs, expands energy funding
Conservation programs received a reduction of nearly $4 billion over the next 10 years in the Agricultural Act of 2014, better known as the farm bill.
Kron to promote Indiana ag on Asia trip
Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Kron, will be traveling to China, Taiwan and South Korea in June as part of a delegation promoting Indiana agriculture in Asia.
EPA proposes new ag worker standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s agricultural worker protection standard, or WPS, is a regulation aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers
Project designed to show that ag is ‘committed to reducing nutrient loss’
In January, a number of Indiana farm organizations announced the Nutrient Management/Soil Health Strategy – a new voluntary initiative focused on improvement of soil health and management of nutrients on farmland.
Farm Bureau ELECT successful in the 2014 primary
Farm Bureau ELECT (Indiana Farm Bureau’s political action committee) made endorsements this year in three congressional primaries and 12 Statehouse primary races, and the ELECT-endorsed candidate was successful in all but four of those races.
Farmers need to remember to tell their ‘tax story’ to lawmakers
It’s May in Indiana, and farmers are planting – and making that trip to the county courthouse to pay their property taxes on all the land, buildings and equipment that their business cannot operate without.  Farming families know all too well about the “big check” they must write in May and November.
2013-14 was a long, hard winter for pork producers
Humans had a difficult time coping with the hard winter, so it’s not surprising that pigs – and those who raise them – did, too.
If there’s a possible annexation in your future, keep IFB in the loop
As Indiana Farm Bureau staff focuses their efforts to help members deal with the recent rash of annexation proposals occurring across the state, we need to hear from you. If you see something, say something. This is the current catch phrase for reporting suspicious behavior to law enforcement.
County woman leaders recognized for leadership
County woman leaders who completed the Indiana Farm Bureau Leadership Incentive Program for 2013 were recently recognized by the Women’s Leadership Committee. The recognition occurred during the 2014 Spring Conference
ELECT endorses 15 candidates for 2014 primaries
Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT, the political action committee of Indiana Farm Bureau, has made endorsements in the primary races for three congressional seats and 12 legislative seats.
GMO labeling bill introduced in Congress
A bill to create a national labeling program for foods made with genetically modified organisms was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo and a number of others representatives on April 9.
Diversified agriculture: New rules make it easier to sell some Indiana ag products
HEA 1039 (Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne) creates an initiative to market and promote Indiana-grown products to users such as residents, retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and farmer markets
Regulatory reform: IDEM, DNR to make changes in some permitting programs
The development of a deliberate and comprehensive water plan is a top priority of Indiana Farm Bureau. SEA 271(Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso) moves that goal further down the line by authorizing a study of the water resources in the state and the impact they have on economic development and rural Indiana, in particular agriculture.
Farm protections: Ag trespass bill passes with broad support
After the issue drew considerable controversy last year, legislation dealing with ag trespass cleared the General Assembly with broad support. SEA 101 (Travis Holdman, R-Markle) adds causing property damage to an agricultural operation to the existing crime of institutional criminal mischief.
Taxes: Compromise measures on soil productivity factors, personal property taxes win approval
Passage of SEA 111 seems like déjà vu all over again. In the final days of the session, there were competing ideas about how to handle the yet-to-be justified increases in the February 2012 version of soil productivity factors proposed by the DLGF. The great news is that a one-year delay was again passed, protecting farmland owners from an unjustified tax shift of about $57.4 million.
Grassroots action, cooperation with ag partners result in legislative success for I
In spite of major legislative initiatives undertaken this session, the 2014 session of the General Assembly ended one day early with very high levels of success for farmers across the state.
New farm bill includes disaster assistance for livestock producers
Among the changes made to the federal farm program by the 2014 farm bill are two programs of particular interest to livestock and forage producers: the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Payments.
Commodity program changes outlined for new farm bill
Now that the dust (and euphoria) has settled a bit on the new farm bill, farmers are beginning to ask “So what’s next?” This Hoosier Farmer series will explore and shed light on the various provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 over the course of the next few months.
‘Right to Grow’ program to help give farmers access to new technology
Syngenta has announced an agreement with Gavilon Grain LLC that provides grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade, the cutting-edge corn rootworm control technology that has been approved in the U.S.
Importance of exports requires extra steps for biotech c
Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Kron serves on the U.S. Grains Council’s biotechnology advisory team, a position to which he was appointed by the USGC’s board of directors. He has some advice for Indiana farmers.
Enough is Enough when it comes to food security debate, says Elanco president
Farmers need access to innovative tools in order to feed a growing global population and save natural resources, Elanco President Jeff Simmons said during a presentation at a world food supply summit held Feb. 13
Ag stats tell a story
The release of the Census of Agriculture always creates a media buzz, and the recent release of USDA’s preliminary data was no exception. The phone started ringing even before I finished reading the statement from USDA announcing the new report.
Law foundation newsletter continues series on farmland leases
Land application leases one of the topics of the latest issue of the Spotlight, the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation’s monthly electronic newsletter.
Congressional tax proposals would cost agriculture $4.8 billion
Proposed changes to the tax code restricting the use of cash accounting by agricultural operations would reduce agriculture’s access to capital by as much as $12.1 billion over the next four years, according to a study released Feb. 20 by Kennedy and Coe LLC and Farmers for Tax Fairness.
630+ ag and business groups call for immigration reform
The American Farm Bureau Federation, as part of a multi-industry coalition of 636 business organizations – 154 of which are agriculture-related – urged Congress to move forward with immigration reform this year.
AFBF applauds USDOL's policy change regarding grain bins on small farms
The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to rescind a controversial guidance document that provides authority for enforcement activities regarding grain bins on small farms that are exempt under law.
Cass County tries the direct approach with its elected county officials
Cass County Farm Bureau decided to try the direct approach with its elected county officials.
Counties team up to host special meeting on levees
After realizing that attendance at traditional district meetings was dropping off, the Knox and Sullivan County Farm Bureaus teamed up for a targeted meeting on an issue that has been plaguing residents of District 7 for years: levees.
Goal of Benton County meeting was preparing residents for irrigation
Before irrigation came to Benton County, the Benton County Farm Bureau hosted a meeting for community members outlining rules for water use, liability of operations using irrigation systems and laws that are in place to protect homeowners from losses caused those irrigation systems.
Preliminary census doesn't tell the full story
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture last month, many people, including media, focused on the continued decline in the number of principal operators.
Farm Bureau comments on coexistence
The Agriculture Department is soliciting public comments on how to strengthen agricultural coexistence—the concurrent use of organic, conventional and modern biotechnology in agriculture production—in the United States.
Tax reform proposal addresses tax rates, key deductions for ag
The extensive tax reform proposal released Feb. 26 by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is “a strong and much-needed start to what will surely be an extensive tax reform discussion,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.
Annexation bill moves in house
A bill that, as amended, would place a moratorium on annexation beginning April 1 and ending July 1, 2015, has been approved by the House Government & Regulatory Reform Committee.
Ag trespass, farm protection bills ready for governor's signature
Two bills that address farmers’ rights in general and the right against trespass in particular have passed both houses of the Indiana General Assembly.
Young Farmer programs recognized
More than 500 young farmers and ranchers traveled to Indianapolis Jan. 24 and 25 for the annual Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Conference. LaPorte County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer program was recognized as the top program in the state. The Young Farmer committee chairman and a guest will receive an expenses-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., in February. Jasper and Adams counties were runners-up.
A snapshot of the Agricultural Act of 2014
Here is a synopsis of the priority issue areas as agreed upon in the conference report, as summarized by Kyle Cline, IFB’s national policy advisor
Who's Who at Indiana Farm Bureau
Who's Who at Indiana Farm Bureau Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader Floyd County’s Melba Loyd is ready to serve the members of IFB District 10 as the new district woman leader.
New program to link farmers and consumers rolled out by AFBF women’s committee
The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee has rolled out a new program to link farmers and consumers
Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader
Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team Newly elected District 10 Woman Leader Melba Loyd. Photo courtesy of Melba Loyd Floyd County’s Melba Loyd is ready to serve the members of IFB District 10 as the new district woman leader.
Chism re-elected to AFB Women’s Leadership Committee
Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President Isabella Chism was re-elected to the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee during the national organization's annual convention this week.
2013 State Convention Roundtable Discussion Topics
How does this work? You’ll spend 25 minutes talking to other Farm Bureau members, then move to another table. Three 25-minute rounds will take place. Use the rest of the convention to reconnect with members you spoke with during these sessions.
EPA administrator meets with Indiana ag leaders to discuss RFS and conservation
Newly confirmed EPA administrator Gina McCarthy made a stop in the Hoosier state on Nov. 16 at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland as part of her Midwestern agriculture tour.
IFB’s leadership development program now accepting applications
The application for period is open for the 2014 class of Leaders in Action, IFB’s leadership development program.
Indiana Ag Law Foundation hires director
John Shoup has recently been named the in-house director of the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation.
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