Lieutenant Gov. Becky Skillman and Julia Wickard, Indiana state executive director of the Farm Service Agency, announced Aug. 5 that all 92 Indiana counties have been designated primary natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Indiana farmers have been suffering through what everyone suspected was one of the worst droughts on record, and today’s USDA crop report confirms it.
On Saturday, Aug. 4 farmers from Daviess, Pike and Knox counties met with Senator Dan Coats at the Paul Flint farm south of Washington, Ind.
Crop insurance could be a big help to Indiana farmers this year – but they need to follow the correct procedures, according to Jim Rink, director of Farm/Crop/Commercial/Rural at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
The 2012 drought became a “story” – that is, something that merits extensive media coverage – on July 5, which was when Purdue hosted a conference on the topic. That’s when the calls from the media started coming in.
Eric Richards of Indy Family Farms (center) of Johnson County is interviewed on the drought by Craig Mauro of CCTV-America, a Chinese news channel on Aug. 5. Richards is being interviewed in a field which he had chopped for silage because the yield was so low.
Photo by Kathleen M. Dutro
Jim Rink's Presentation
Importance of Crop Insurance
as Drought Widens
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