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Purdue University’s Department of Agriculture has released its 2020 ag forecast with projections in international trade, crop production and land values. 

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Increasingly, consumers want to feel a connection with where their food comes from, and this presents challenges to farmers. At the Indiana Farm Bureau annual state convention, meat producers asked if they should be concerned about the future of the industry.

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Taiwanese business groups signed a new two-year agreement Monday that increases the amount of corn and soybeans Taiwan companies purchase from Indiana. The new agreement comes at a time when many Hoosier farmers are struggling in part due to the ongoing trade war with China.

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As Congress wraps up an August recess and gets ready for a debate on gun safety, U.S. Rep. Greg Pence (R-District 6) says he’s worried about a “slippery slope” for gun owners.

Pence calls himself a “staunch Second Amendment defendant,”  but says he’s open to compromise.

“I’m open to any conversation that prevents – okay – let’s talk about how we prevent harm with weapons.”

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Economists say it could take years for the United States’ trade conflict with China to resolve and farmers are caught in the crossfire. With the growing threat of an economic downturn and talks with China stalling, Republican lawmakers are shifting their rhetoric hoping to hold onto the support of farmers.

David Miers has been farming in Decatur County for generations. He supported President Donald Trump in 2016, and serves on the Ag Committee for Indiana Senator Mike Braun.