Indiana Farm Bureau

Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the United States Department of Agriculture Friday to designate 88 counties as disaster zones. To be able to request a county be designated an agricultural disaster area, at least 30 percent of a single crop must be damaged or lost.

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Farmers who claim preventative plant coverage on their crops likely won’t be getting aid from President Trump’s tariff payments.

Preventative plant coverage is for farmers who are not able to get a crop in the ground.  Much like other types of insurance, it allows farmers to purchase a level of coverage that protects them against losses. Farmers have only planted a third of Indiana’s corn so far this year, compared to 94 percent this time last year.  

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

Cormo USA Chooses Indiana For First U.S. Plant

May 8, 2019

An agriculture technology company coming to Indiana aims to develop a new market for farm waste. The business plans to break ground this summer on its first U.S. location.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed 15 percent cut in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture could have a big impact on Hoosier farmers. 

The budget reduction would likely result in cuts to the federal crop insurance program. It’s part of a broader plan to reduce government spending. 

Farmers have increased their debt in recent years to compensate for lower commodity prices, leading many lenders to require farmers to carry crop insurance.  

A bill creating a uniform property value assessment passed smoothly through the Senate Tuesday afternoon. The legislation aims to help local governments struggling against retailers who want even lower taxes.

Panel Discusses The Growing Role Of Women In Agriculture

Jan 28, 2019
(Left to Right) Indiana farmers Leah Beyer, Susan Brocksmith, Joyce Kron and Kelly Whiteman Snipes discuss life as a women in the ag industry during a panel session at the Indiana Young Farmer and Ag Professionals Conference. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

A panel of female farmers at the Indiana Young Farmer and Ag Professionals Conference Saturday addressed hurdles and opportunities women in the industry face in the years to come.

Gov. Eric Holcomb answers Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron's questions about issues impacting the Hoosier agriculture industry. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its legislative kickoff Wednesday bringing together organization members and legislators. Some of the priorities this session include rural school funding, insuring deployment of expanded broadband, tax values, hemp, confined feeding and township government.

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Lauren Chapman

Numbers from the American Farm Bureau indicate soybean exports to China are down about 97 percent of what they were a year ago, thanks to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on China and that nation’s economic retaliation.

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Lauren Chapman

Thursday night at the stroke of midnight, speculations became reality when the U.S.-imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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