Randy Kron

Indiana farmers will have one of their own representing them on the American Farm Bureau leadership.

While celebrating 100 years, the Indiana Farm Bureau leadership is looking to the future and what needs to be done to continue advocating for Hoosier farmers. The organization presented its top legislative priority over the weekend: expanding health benefits available to the agriculture industry in the state.

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.

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

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.

Projected High Yields, Tariffs Challenge Hoosier Farmers

Sep 26, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture projects record yields for Indiana farmers this year.  But demand has fallen, in part because of Chinese tariffs on U.S. corn and soybeans, so farms’ cash flow could be limited.

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Second-generation West Lafayette farmer Kevin Underwood has been collecting model tractors since grade school. 

But he can’t afford to replace the tractors he makes a living with because of the perfect storm of too much rain and a property tax structure that charges him based on what he pulled out of the ground three years ago.

Wet Weather Puts Planting Season Behind Schedule

Apr 30, 2015
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Weeks of consistently wet weather are causing problems for Indiana farmers, who are now about three weeks behind schedule planting corn.

And that delay could have a financial impact on the rest of their year.

Vanderburgh County farmer Randy Kron has been itching to get out in his fields for a couple of weeks. But frequent rain means the ground’s been too wet to plant.

“Today is the first day that we’re doing any planting, so that’s kind of like a little bit of therapy to be in the tractor seat and be doing something finally,” Kron says.