agriculture

Farmers in Indiana and across the nation are using more of a powerful, but controversial, weed killer this year — dicamba.

Dicamba has been used since at least the 1960s, mostly on corn. Last year, though, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new type of dicamba to use on cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist the weed killer.

Don Lamb, who operates an 8,800 acre farm in Lebanon, says the new dicamba has created a problem.

Bill Would Extend Farm Safety Net To Urban Growers

Sep 27, 2016
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A Michigan senator is introducing legislation that would let urban farmers access the traditional agricultural safety net.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says urban farming tactics such as community gardens and rooftop, hoop house or vertical growing are letting more people get into the business.

She told reporters on a press call Monday that she wants to make sure these farmers are included in the 2018 Farm Bill -- an omnibus package of food and agricultural policy that was last reauthorized in 2014.

Indiana Farm Bureau Votes On Ag Policies

Aug 29, 2016
Annie Ropeik | IPB

More than 250 Indiana Farm Bureau members met in Indianapolis Saturday Aug. 27 to finalize the the organization’s 2017 positions on agricultural policy – from land use and environmental protection issues, to education and rural development.


Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

 

Maddie Gearld and Haylee Drake are two stars of the Clay County 4-H robotics team. At this year's county fair, they showed a 3-D balsa wood frame they built from scratch.

It uses water and air pumped through syringes to make a wooden clamp lift a block onto a platform.

Agricultural Conservation Has Positive Impact

Jul 5, 2016
NASA | NOAA

Voluntary conservation practices in farming may have a significant environmental impact from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s according to new a federal study measuring agricultural conservation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

The study reports voluntary conservation practices are reducing the amount of fertilizer, nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, in the Upper Mississippi River Basin by as much as 34-percent.


White County CAFO Rule Would Join Patchwork of Regulations

May 12, 2016
Annie Ropeik | IPB

White County is on its way to passing the state’s first rule for protecting a waterway from big livestock farms. It’s designed to shield the Tippecanoe River Basin and its residents from pollution and farm odors.

The path to creating the rule shows just how complex big agriculture issues can be in Indiana.


United States Department of Agriculture

Indiana has the fifth largest pig farming industry in the country, turning out 8.5 million hogs a year. But some are too small for the huge slaughterhouses that require pigs to be a certain size and condition for speedy processing.

Lisa Ryan/WBOI News

Walmart announced Friday it plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne. It will bring about 200 jobs to the area by the end of 2017.

How Will Warm Winter Weather Affect Crops?

Feb 23, 2016
Mike, via Wikimedia Commons

The end of the meteorological winter is approaching, which runs from the first of December to the end of February.

Summer Rainfall Causes Pumpkins To Drown

Oct 7, 2015
Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

This is the first part of a weekly series that will look at food news in Northeast Indiana. It’s called NorthEATS Indiana. And from the farms of Whitley County, to the kitchens of Fort Wayne, to Huntington County’s restaurants, we’ll be looking at news you can sink your teeth into.

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