agriculture

Health & Science
2:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

U.N. Report Predicts More Midwest Floods Due to Climate Change

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, released Monday, says the Midwest could experience more flash flooding in coming years.
Credit Courtesy / IPCC.ch

The Midwest is likely to experience more flash floods because of climate change. That’s one of the takeaways from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released Monday. That could affect how cities think about their infrastructure and how farmers manage their crops.

Research indicates Indiana and other Midwestern states may not see more rainfall—it will just come in shorter, more intense bursts.

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Opinion - Food
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Promotes Sustainable Food By Nixing the Soil

Get Fresh Farms in Fort Wayne grows a variety of vegetables through hydroponics, a process that uses no soil.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

The locavore movement is starting to take hold in Northeast Indiana, as is evident by the growing popularity of farmers markets. We want to know where our food is grown and raised. When you buy produce from the grocery store, you don’t know where or by whom it was grown.

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News
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

More Crop Production Means Lower Food Costs

Consumers have seen high food prices because of crop shortages and dry weather across the country for the past few years. But that’s expected to change in 2014.

Indiana farmers produced a record amount of corn in 2013. Along with high soybean yields, that will likely mean cheaper food prices this year.     

Chris Hurt is an agricultural economist at Purdue University. He says that food supply is finally catching up to demand, and that’s good news for consumers.  

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News
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Show Draws Thousands

Young men check out John Deere's newest model of self-propelled sprayer.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The 25th Annual Fort Wayne Farm Show, which wrapped up Thursday, is one of the top-rated and largest in the country. It’s expected to bring over 30-thousand visitors to the city. But that figure may not grow much in the future.  

There are only so many farmers. That number is going down every year, and Indiana farmers are also getting older. 

That’s why Fort Wayne Farm Show director Steve Guenthner says events like his, that present the newest and most efficient machines, are so important.  

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Without action, farm programs to expire at month's end

Farm groups have expressed concern that key programs such as crop insurance and disaster relief are under threat when current provisions expire at the end of the month.

House leadership has been reluctant to call the bill for a vote, due to a deep political divide over cuts to the food stamp program, which accounts for 20% of the bill.

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News
10:48 am
Mon September 17, 2012

State urges safety during harvest

Purdue agronimst Bob Nielsen wants farmers to take extra safety precautions this harvest season.

The state of Indiana is urging farmers to take special precautions during harvest season this year, as the drought has created some additional risks.

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Politics & Government
7:01 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State conservation leaders explore major changes

Indiana conservation leaders are considering some big changes in funding and organization.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s soil and water conservation leaders are exploring significant changes to the funding and organization of the state’s conservation efforts.

The Conservation Beyond 2016 Task Force was created several months ago in response to what it says were concerns over drops in conservation district funding.  

Much of the money comes from counties.  But over the last four years, funding has stagnated or decreased in more than 40% of Hoosier counties. 

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081512DEBATE
6:52 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Lt. Governor candidates square off at State Fair

Indiana's candidates for lieutenant governor had their only scheduled debate Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana's drought and the ethanol industry took center stage as the running mates in this year’s gubernatorial race took shared their views Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair in their only scheduled debate.  

As severe drought impacts most of Indiana, a debate over where the corn that does survive should go exists not just in the state but across the country.  And the ethanol industry is a major part of that debate.  Up to 40 percent of U-S corn crops could be needed to fulfill the federal government’s mandate for ethanol usage.  

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