Samantha Horton

Business and economy reporter.

Samantha Horton is an Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter based at WBAA. She reports and writes stories on business and economic issues in Indiana. After graduating from the University of Evansville with a triple major in International Studies, Political Science and Communication, Samantha worked for three years at WNIN Public Radio in Evansville. She then joined WBAA to take on bigger role on reporting. So far, she enjoys working in WBAA as a business and economy reporter.

In her leisure time, Samantha enjoys running, trying different craft beers, and playing board games with her family. She ran a marathon last year and is looking forward to running one again this coming November. 

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Starship Technologies is boldly going where no other company has gone in Indiana with new delivery robots at Purdue University. The autonomous service officially launched Monday, making Purdue the first in the state and Big 10 to bring the technology onto its campus.

The sidewalks are busy with students going about campus. Amongst the foot traffic a tiny orange flag can be seen navigating the crowds. The flag is attached to a little six-wheeled robot that delivers food. The autonomous cooler on wheels is expected to deliver hundreds of meals every day to students and employees.

Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture

A recent measure of agricultural sentiment showed farmers increasingly worried about their economic futures. 

The Ag Economy Barometer saw the largest single-month drop since it was created in 2016. Barometer principal investigator Jim Mintert says farmers are worried about low commodity prices and continuing tariffs. 

Indiana’s first batch of genetically modified salmon eggs arrived last week – first genetically modified animal to be sold in the U.S. for human consumption. The company expects the fish will hit the market next year.

The Indiana Manufacturers Survey found workforce development is not the top concern for some manufacturers. Instead, many are looking to improve facilities, equipment and technology.

Fifth generation Elkhart County farmer Mike Morehouse comes from a family that’s been working the land for more than 150 years. Growing corn and soybeans, he recently bought a new grain bin to store his corn.