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Commentary: Federal crop insurance helps many farm families

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File Here in Indiana and across the country, farmers are facing the worst drought conditions in more than half a century. Following several years of strong commodity prices and good yields, many of us were pretty optimistic at the beginning of the crop season. We are once again reminded […]

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More Hoosier counties, farmers qualify for drought disaster assistance

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Federal officials have declared additional counties in Indiana as disaster areas due to drought, which means more Hoosier farmers can now qualify for emergency assistance. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, the state’s secretary of agriculture, announced that 14 additional counties in Indiana have been declared primary natural disaster […]

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‘Raw milk’ issue draws hundreds of comments as state investigates legalization

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – What’s one issue that really gets you fired up? Freedom? Religion? Sports? How about milk? How about whether milk should have to be pasteurized? That may seem an unlikely. But ask the folks at the state Board of Animal Health, which have seen hundreds of people weigh […]

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Indiana Grown program will market state’s farm products

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hog farmer Jay Hawley signed up for the state’s new Indiana Grown program – essentially a marketing effort to promote Hoosier agriculture – just as soon as the applications were available. Hawley and his wife, Sue, have been looking for ways to boost awareness and sales of […]

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Study will consider whether raw milk should be sold in Indiana

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A summer committee will study whether Indiana should allow the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk for human consumption under legislation a Senate committee passed Monday. In the mean time, House Bill 1129 would impose stricter requirements on raw milk sold as pet food. Farmers would be required […]

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Raw milk debate headed to a summer study committee

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would have permitted the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk in Indiana has died but advocates say they hope to send the controversial measure to a summer committee for additional study. The proposal – which would have made Indiana the 26th state to allow the sale […]

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How states treat the sale of raw milk

The General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow small dairy farms to sell raw, unpasteurized milk. This map – created by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – shows how other states treat raw milk:

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Chart: Organic farming operations on the rise

The number of organic farms in Indiana are on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of operations more than tripled from 2006 to 2008, the last year for which statistics are available. See how organic farming has grown below:      

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Conference at ISU to focus on agri-business issues

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The 2011 Indiana Rural Summit – scheduled for Dec. 1-2 in Terre Haute – will focus on entrepreneurism and agriculture-related development. The two-day event, presented by the Indiana Rural Roundtable, will take place at Indiana State University and bring together rural leaders and citizens to “develop creative ways […]