Rebecca Green / Northeast Indiana Public Radio/WBOI

New data shows that consumer could be paying less for food in the next ten years, but that comes at a cost to farmers. 

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told Indiana agriculture groups today he’s asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for clarity on potential disaster relief for farmers.

Heavy rains and floods delayed planting for many corn and soybean farmers this spring. Federal data show only 84 percent of corn was planted in Indiana as of this week. That’s compared to 100 percent last year.

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National Weather Service forecasters say four inches of rain have fallen over the last 24 hours making flooding worse in some areas, even over recently planted fields.

Bob Bruner is an Extension Educator at the Purdue Extension in Owen and Clay Counties. He says a food shortage shouldn’t be a concern from acres of fields under water, just the financial well-being of farmers.

Purdue University Hires First Extension Hemp Specialist

Jun 14, 2019
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Purdue University has hired its first hemp specialist to educate farmers and processors.

Commercial hemp production is expected to be underway in Indiana by 2020, after lawmakers legalized it in this year’s session. Indiana farmers and state officials are preparing for commercial hemp production, but questions about the plant linger.

The university appointed Marguerite Bolt to be Purdue Extension’s hemp specialist, with the task of educating interested parties. She says her job will help lift some weight off of other researchers at the university.

Brock Turner / WFIU/WTIU News

Indiana Senator Todd Young is pressing the USDA to quickly provide clear guidelines on how farmers can receive additional aid from the federal government.

Farmers across the country are set to receive $3 billion in a disaster relief bill that President Trump signed into law last week.