Indiana Farm Bureau

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Second-generation West Lafayette farmer Kevin Underwood has three tractors he uses to farm 1,600 acres of land – one is several decades old, another he bought just a few years ago. But while his 30 year old tractor still works well, Underwood says the system taxing what that tractor produces does not.

“The bind we’re in at this point is we’ve got income level going down and taxes and input costs continuing to go up,” Underwood says.

Ethanol Now A Big Cash Crop For Hoosier Farmers

Oct 9, 2014
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Indiana farmers‘ biggest cash crops now include not just corn and soybeans, but energy.

Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says ethanol now accounts for 40-percent of Hoosier farmers‘ corn production.

And he says other forms of renewable energy benefit farmers as well.

"We do have a few solar farms starting to sprout up," says Villwock. "We have a new one in Tipton County that just recently started. So we're really on the forefront, and Purdue University is probably the leading cellulosic research institute in the country."

IN Farm Bureau hires retail ag business specialist

Dec 27, 2012

A new member of the Indiana Farm Bureau staff hopes to help small farms and those focused on specialty crops. Bob White was hired as IFB’s retail agriculture business specialist.

He has a background in agricultural finance and natural resources, as well as economic and policy development. However, White says he needs to hear from members who want help.

The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is up slightly compared to last year. The Indiana Farm Bureau estimates the increase at a little more than 3%.

The biggest factor is the cost of turkey, which $0.20 per pound more than a year ago. The organization reports the cost is still reasonable at about $5 per person.

A breakdown of the cost of each item this year and last, provided by the Indiana Farm Bureau:

A local agricultural leader thinks Hoosier farmers are setting a good example for their counterparts in India.

Tippecanoe County Farm Bureau President Kevin Underwood spent two weeks learning about Indian agriculture in the Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Delhi. He was one of about 30 farmers selected to take the trip as part of the Indiana Ag Leadership Program.

Underwood hopes the effort put forth by the program’s participants helps change the Indian society’s negative view of farmers.