agriculture

Agricultural Conservation Has Positive Impact

Jul 5, 2016
NASA | NOAA

Voluntary conservation practices in farming may have a significant environmental impact from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s according to new a federal study measuring agricultural conservation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

The study reports voluntary conservation practices are reducing the amount of fertilizer, nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, in the Upper Mississippi River Basin by as much as 34-percent.


White County CAFO Rule Would Join Patchwork of Regulations

May 12, 2016
Annie Ropeik | IPB

White County is on its way to passing the state’s first rule for protecting a waterway from big livestock farms. It’s designed to shield the Tippecanoe River Basin and its residents from pollution and farm odors.

The path to creating the rule shows just how complex big agriculture issues can be in Indiana.


United States Department of Agriculture

Indiana has the fifth largest pig farming industry in the country, turning out 8.5 million hogs a year. But some are too small for the huge slaughterhouses that require pigs to be a certain size and condition for speedy processing.

Lisa Ryan/WBOI News

Walmart announced Friday it plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne. It will bring about 200 jobs to the area by the end of 2017.

How Will Warm Winter Weather Affect Crops?

Feb 23, 2016
Mike, via Wikimedia Commons

The end of the meteorological winter is approaching, which runs from the first of December to the end of February.

Summer Rainfall Causes Pumpkins To Drown

Oct 7, 2015
Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

This is the first part of a weekly series that will look at food news in Northeast Indiana. It’s called NorthEATS Indiana. And from the farms of Whitley County, to the kitchens of Fort Wayne, to Huntington County’s restaurants, we’ll be looking at news you can sink your teeth into.

Courtesy / Indiana Dept. of Agriculture

The Indiana Department of Agriculture this week will announce the launch of Indiana Grown, a program promoting products made and produced in the Hoosier State.

The idea of a “Made in Indiana” brand isn’t new.  But state Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says the previous version was underfunded and understaffed and, thus, ineffective. 

McKinney says the new program, Indiana Grown, is much more robust, with funding from the Department of Agriculture – and Hoosiers can already see results.

Courtesy / ISDA

Indiana wants to help Hoosier farmers who are ready to grow beyond the farmer’s market. The Indiana Department of Agriculture released new data on food hubs Monday.

“Food hub” can be a broad term, but Agriculture Department Director Ted McKinney says people should think of the word “aggregation” – it’s a way for farmers and food producers, often via a website, to connect with buyers.  And a new Department of Agriculture study shows Indiana can do more to utilize food hubs. 

The Three Rivers: Agriculture

Mar 25, 2015
Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The Great Lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.

Last August, blue green algae blooms in Lake Erie caused hundreds of thousands of people to go without water. The cause – nutrients, especially phosphorous, in the waterways.  Many say unregulated runoff from agriculture was partly to blame.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

By this time of the year, many households that put up a Christmas tree, already have, whether it be fresh cut or artificial. Most fresh trees are grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, but plenty are grown right here in Indiana.

2014 was an interesting year for Hoosier tree farmers, who had a great growing season this summer, but are still recovering from a drought in 2012.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino head out to the only two tree farms left in Allen County, to find out how this season’s going, and what the future may hold.

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