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Taiwanese business groups signed a new two-year agreement Monday that increases the amount of corn and soybeans Taiwan companies purchase from Indiana. The new agreement comes at a time when many Hoosier farmers are struggling in part due to the ongoing trade war with China.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated numbers Monday showing farmers planted more acres this spring than many private analysts expected. That’s one of several factors driving market prices lower for many farmers’ crops.

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Purdue researchers are investigating the viability of solar power production on farmland, hoping their work in so-called “aglectric” engineering will balance food and energy production.

Chemical engineering professor Rakesh Agrawal says merging the footprint of the two helps mitigate issues presented by a shortage of available empty land.

“The idea is to have energy at low cost, and plentiful everywhere,” Agrawal says. “So we get out of the fossils, and it will change the way we live.”      

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.

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