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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told Indiana agriculture groups today he’s asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for clarity on potential disaster relief for farmers.

Heavy rains and floods delayed planting for many corn and soybean farmers this spring. Federal data show only 84 percent of corn was planted in Indiana as of this week. That’s compared to 100 percent last year.

In a recent survey, most Indiana farmers say the Trump administration's trade policy is putting their operations in “jeopardy.”

Farmers' Economic Optimism Drops In Latest Survey

May 14, 2019

Farmers' confidence in the economy tumbled last month, according to the latest Ag Economy Barometer reading. The April survey had the fourth largest sentiment index drop since it began in 2015.

Indiana Farmer Creates Corn Maze Thanking Trump For E15

Oct 25, 2018
Benton County Farmer Bruce Buchanan harvests corn to create the message "Thanks Mr. Trump For E15" into his field. (Photo provided by Paige Britton and Barry Tolen)
Samantha Horton

One Indiana farmer found a special way to thank President Donald Trump after he announced earlier this month E15, gasoline blended with ethanol, will be sold year-round.

Benton County corn farmer Bruce Buchanan farms about 6,000 acres with his son and recently drew national attention when he got some help and carved the message “Thanks Mr. Trump For E15” into his field.

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

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.

Ag Barometer Sees Record Decline In Producer Sentiment

Aug 7, 2018
(Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, which measures producer sentiment, has seen record declines following establishment of the Trump administration’s tariffs. July’s declines were the biggest since the measure was first established in 2015.

Climate Shifts Could Hurt Indiana Corn

Jun 14, 2018
(File photo by Annie Ropeik: A corn field)
Rebecca Thiele

A new study predicts the U.S. could lose nearly half of its corn by the end of the century due to climate. That could have detrimental effects in Indiana, the country’s fifth largest corn-producing state. 

Farmers Get Ag-gressive On Soil Health

Dec 7, 2017

A group of companies and nonprofits will provide almost $20 million to conservation groups to improve soil health in Indiana and across the country – a move aimed at putting more money in farmers’ pockets and protecting natural resources.

Money from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, General Mills, Monsanto, and others will go to three conservation groups to better understand soil health. Larry Clemens, the director of The Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture Program, says Indiana is already a national leader in soil health.

Joshua Duffy / https://www.flickr.com/photos/joshduffyphoto/7283981926

Last week’s heavy rainfall has added more delays to Indiana’s corn harvest.

As of this week, 70-percent of the state’s corn has been harvested – that’s compared to 85-percent at this time last year. That’s even though, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wet conditions have forced farmers to focus on corn instead of completing soybean harvests.

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