Indiana wants to help Hoosier farmers who are ready to grow beyond the farmer’s market. The Indiana Department of Agriculture released new data on food hubs Monday.
“Food hub” can be a broad term, but Agriculture Department Director Ted McKinney says people should think of the word “aggregation” – it’s a way for farmers and food producers, often via a website, to connect with buyers. And a new Department of Agriculture study shows Indiana can do more to utilize food hubs.
The Great Lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.
Last August, blue green algae blooms in Lake Erie caused hundreds of thousands of people to go without water. The cause – nutrients, especially phosphorous, in the waterways. Many say unregulated runoff from agriculture was partly to blame.
By this time of the year, many households that put up a Christmas tree, already have, whether it be fresh cut or artificial. Most fresh trees are grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, but plenty are grown right here in Indiana.
2014 was an interesting year for Hoosier tree farmers, who had a great growing season this summer, but are still recovering from a drought in 2012.
WBOI’s Virginia Alvino head out to the only two tree farms left in Allen County, to find out how this season’s going, and what the future may hold.
As many as 90 percent of female farmworkers report being sexually harassed on the job, which includes being sexually assaulted, but efforts are underway in Indiana to help that underrepresented population.
Kimber Nicoletti is the director and founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault. Based at Purdue University, MESA aims to help underserved communities, which includes Indiana’s migrant farmworker population.
Nicoletti says women are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence for many reasons, including their isolation.
Purdue agriculture experts say the crop report released Tuesday projects potential record highs for corn and soybeans, and experts say that’s good news for Hoosiers at the grocery store.
Indiana farmers are projected to harvest a little more than one billion bushels of corn this year, which would set a record for the second consecutive year. The predicted soybean harvest would be the third-largest in state history and up nearly six percent from last year.
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.