• Indiana Farmers Fill Legislators Stomachs and Ears at Annual Legislative Breakfast

    Indiana farmers met with legislators Wednesday at the statehouse during the annual Bacon Bar and Brunch legislative breakfast at the Indiana Statehouse. The event is organized by the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee. Mike Beard, Clinton County farmer and past president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association […]
  • Farm Bureau: Vaccine Mandate Will Lead to More Supply Chain Troubles

    A new vaccine mandate on essential workers entering the United States means more supply chain disruptions are possible, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden says essential workers coming to the U.S. must show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. “For travelers who are not U.S. citizens or legal […]
  • USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Signups for 2022

    Agricultural producers and landowners can sign up soon for the Conservation Reserve Program. The Department of Agriculture calls CRP a key tool in their effort to address climate change and achieve other natural resource benefits. The General CRP signup begins January 31 and remains open through March 11, and the Grassland CRP signup runs from […]
  • Report: Concentration Not Affecting Pork Prices

    A new report shows pork prices increased because of demand, higher input costs and labor shortages throughout the supply chain, not concentration in the meatpacking industry. Economists with Iowa State University, North Carolina State University and the National Pork Producers Council released the report Wednesday. The report also says pork prices in the United States […]
  • USDA: COVID-19 Impact on Pork Processing Short-lived

    USDA’s Economic Research Service says the impact of COVID-19 on processing rates was short-lived in the largest pork-producing region. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska compose the largest hog processing region in the United States, where more than 40 percent of all U.S. hogs are processed. The region is also home to more large and medium-sized […]
  • ASF Remains a Threat, Work Continues on a Vaccine

    The highly contagious, deadly, and economically devastating African Swine Fever disease is on the move, now in countries all over the world and as close to the U.S. as the Caribbean. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told House lawmakers last week that the Ag Research Service has made some progress on a vaccine, but work continues. […]
  • Policy-minded Farmers Wanted for Election to Indiana Corn Board

    Want to help advocate for Indiana’s ethanol industry? Want to protect farmers’ rights from government regulations? Then consider running for the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) Board of Directors. The ICGA board advocates for Indiana corn farmers at the local, state and federal levels. ICGA’s governing districts match the nine Congressional districts across the state. […]
  • Poultry Producers Need to be on High Alert

    In the last major outbreak of avian influenza in U.S. commercial poultry seven years ago, “Producers lost more than $1.6 billion and more than 50 million birds died or had to be culled,” says Dr. Juliana Lenoch, who coordinates USDA’s National Wildlife Disease Program. She says now that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been […]
  • Ag Groups Ready to Help with Developing New Farm Bill

    Officials in Washington D.C. are gearing up to debate reauthorizing the next farm bill in 2023. One group of grower-leaders intends to be a valuable resource for both corn growers and policymakers. The Risk Management and Transportation Action Team is a group that oversees much of the National Corn Growers Association’s public policy work on […]
  • California Judge Rules Prop 12 Enforcement Should Stop, Ag Industry Celebrates

    Roughly 20 days into the enforcement of California’s Proposition 12, a California judge is putting the stops on the law. The Superior Court for Sacramento County in California issued its ruling on January 21, citing the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is more than two years late of finalizing rules and regulations. “Judge […]