• Enrollment Opportunity Now Open for New Indiana Farm Bureau Health Plans

    With the launch of Indiana Farm Bureau Health Plans October 1st, “this is an exciting week for Indiana Farm Bureau,â€� says INFB president Randy Kron. The launch allows members to review the rates and various coverages for plans going into effect starting in 2021. Members can also begin the application process now. Megan Ritter, INFB […]
  • North Central Indiana Corn Yields Good, Beans a Bit Puzzling

    HAT’s newest yield check reveals some great returns on both the corn and soybean crops in the territory from Lafayette east to Logansport and on north up into Pulaski County. Specialty Hybrids local field sales representative Grant Gudeman says on lighter, drought riddled soils yields are running 180-210 bushels. “On a dry year like we’ve […]
  • United Fresh Releases Fresh Facts on Retail Report

    A new report covers the increasing popularity of e-commerce and the unprecedented rise of in-home consumption triggered by COVID-19, including the continued growth of fresh fruit and vegetable sales. United Fresh Produce Association released its Q2 2020 issue of FreshFacts on Retail this week. The report measures retail price and sales trends for the top […]
  • Lt. Gov. Crouch Announces $4M in CARES Funding for Meat Processing Plants

    On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced $4 million in federal CARES Act funding has been allocated for the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion and Development Grant Program. This funding opportunity was created to offset the impact of COVID-19 on local and small meat-processing agribusinesses. “Indiana’s agricultural economy is a driving force for our state and […]
  • Eliminating Lines at LDC Claypool

    Just in time for harvest comes some improvements at Louis Dreyfus Company in Claypool, Indiana. The plant, which is the largest fully integrated soybean processing and biodiesel plant in the US, has built new soybean storage. LDC Commercial Manager Jeremy Mullins says the two new storage barns will each hold up to 3 million bushels. […]
  • Soybeans Taking Priority This Harvest

    It was another busy week of harvest activity around the state. As of Sunday, 17% of Indiana soybeans had been harvested, up from  7% the week before. That figure will be even higher on next week’s report from USDA. The soybean harvest has been the top priority especially in SW Indiana. Dan Emmert, with Pioneer, […]
  • Study: COVID-19 Caused $8 Billion Loss for Ethanol Producers

    A new study by university economists finds ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses this year due to the pandemic’s impact on world fuel markets. The study, conducted by economists from the University of Florida and Arizona State University, was published recently in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization. The estimated […]
  • CME Group to Launch Pork Cutout Futures and Options

    CME Group Tuesday announced plans to launch Pork Cutout futures and options. The new contracts are designed to give the U.S. pork industry and export markets tailored risk-management tools on the cutout. Tim Andriesen, CME Group managing director of agricultural products, says, “As the market has evolved, our customers continue to look for new tools […]
  • Vintage Indiana Wine Festival Canceled for 2020, Virtual ‘Sip of Vintage’ Replaces On-site Event

    The 2020 Vintage Indiana Wine Festival has been cancelled for this year. The event, which traditionally draws over 10,000 wine aficionados to downtown Indianapolis’ Military Park in early June, had been rescheduled to October 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Katie Barnett, Purdue Wine Grape Team marketing extension specialist and Vintage Indiana festival director, made […]
  • Strong Early Yields in Southern Indiana

    Each week during harvest, we’ll bring you a Yield Check from Beck’s. This week, we’re checking in on southern Indiana with Beck’s Regional Agronomy Manager Steve Gauck. He says they’re getting off to a good start with soybeans down south. “The west side of the state is obviously ahead of the east. For the most […]