Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Livestock Rules for Indiana

 New federal regulations covering the interstate movement of livestock are now in effect, and the Indiana Board of Animal Health is implementing new rules governing the movement of animals within the state. Dr. Bret Marsh, state veterinarian, says most Indiana producers are already doing what is necessary, “Many of the things producers are doing no will work well and will continue to be recognized under the new federal rules as well as the new state rules.” Marsh says the new rules will be presented to the board this week and will require all livestock to be tagged, “If we are using radio frequency ID, that is an 840 tag, or if a plastic or steel noose tag is used, then those will be recognized anywhere in the US.”

Bret-Marsh
Bret-Marsh

Marsh says the new rules also require premise identification, something that is already well established in Indiana, “We have nearly 60 locations registered as livestock premises in the state.” He told HAT the information collected by BOAH is secure and protected. He added it is important to have this information so that people can be notified quickly if there is a disease incident. Marsh praised Hoosier livestock producers for adopting these new procedures well ahead of much of the rest of the nation and, as a result, they will see very little disruption in the movement of livestock. He added that many of the major livestock shows in the state have adopted the new tagging protocols several years ago, “Both the Hoosier Beef Congress and the Indiana State  Fair now require this electronic identification of livestock.”

Dr. Marsh and BOAH staff have been discussing the new rules at winter livestock meetings around the state and are collecting producer and industry comments. Marsh said the first reading of the rules will take place at this week’s board meeting with final implementation expected by late in the year. The next meeting of the Board of Animal Health will take place, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Board of Animal Health office at Discovery Hall – Suite 100, 1202 East 38th Street, , Indianapolis, Indiana. 

For more information in the new rules visit    http://www.in.gov/boah/2336.htm

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Putnam County Fair website

http://www.putcofair.org/ is the website for all of the Putnam County Fairgrounds information in Greencastle, Indiana.  It includes a calendar and booking information.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Agriculture Production loans

LOANS FOR THE SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED
FSA has a number of loan programs available to assist applicants to begin or continue in agriculture production. Loans are available for operating type loans and/or purchase or improve farms or ranches. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, the FSA has provided priority funding for members of socially disadvantaged applicants. A socially disadvantaged applicant is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as members of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. For purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
FSA loans are only available to applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements and are unable to obtain the needed credit elsewhere.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crop Insurance Webinar

Purdue to host free webinar on crop insurance

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET for anyone interested in learning more about the crop insurance decisions facing corn and soybean producers for 2014. The webinar will also provide a brief overview of the new farm bill and what it means for the future of crop insurance. Click here to register.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Conservation Legacy Award Winner

Hoosiers Honored as ASA Regional Conservation Legacy Award Winner

Mark and Phyllis LeganMark and Phyllis Legan of Coatesville, Ind., received the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award for the Northeast Region at last week’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio. The program is sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and Corn and Soybean Digest, and recognizes soybean farmers across the country for their outstanding environmental and conservation practices, while maintaining profitable farming operations.
“With an efficient livestock operation operating hand-in-hand with the farm’s soybean and barley operations, the Legans’ farm is a great case study in the variety and diversity of individual farms within our industry. Mark and Phyllis have done a wonderful job making use of the nutrients generated by their livestock and returning those to the soil in their fields,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “What’s more, the Legans are first generation farmers, and have brought a unique perspective to their work that will undoubtedly help other first generation operators do the same.”
The Legans’ operation is both 100 percent no-till and 100 percent cover cropped, which Phyllis says enhances soil biological activity and improves organic matter. The Legans also utilize the manure from their large-scale hog operation as a nutrient for integration into their soil. Through drainage tiling, cover cropping, man-made wetlands and other methods, the Legans are also invested in smart water management on their farm as well.
“Conservation means using our land and water resources, but leaving them in as good or better shape than when we were entrusted with them,” says Mark. “At the same time, we are living and working at a productive, sustainable farm and leaving it in good shape for future generations.”
ASA presented the award to the Legans on Friday during the association’s annual awards banquet at Commodity Classic in San Antonio. Nominations are open for the 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards Program online at www.SoyGrowers.com/Award-Programs.
Source: ASA

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

May sound fishy but that's what it's about.

Bell Aquaculture in East Central Indiana has made the announcement for a major expansion plan. The Jay County based business has plans for a 30 million dollar expansion which includes a feed mill in Albany that is the first of its kind to locally produce feed to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale using local, Indiana ingredients. Norman McCowan, President and CEO of Bell Aquaculture, told Inside Indiana Business the opportunity is right to bring more seafood consumption to a local level.
“When we look at the seafood consumption across North America, we consume over $12 billion worth of seafood and we only raise about $1.5 billion of that. We import 91 percent of our seafood. So we see that there’s this large gap where this industry can continue to have growth.”
McCowan says Indiana is a prime spot to thrive in this expansion.
“With the corporate tax structure and with the natural resources and the laws that we have in Indiana, we believe this state is right for aquaculture and we see this spurring a billion dollar industry within the state.”
McCowan is hopeful that his project is an inspiration to others with an entrepreneurial spirit in the aquaculture industry.
“You know when you look at the 2014 Pence economic plan, he talks about how Indiana is ranked the 37th state in entrepreneurial activity. I think that what we see in aquaculture is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to launch out into this fastest growing sector of agriculture and really see a lot of job creations for this state in the next couple of years.
The first phase of the project, a new feed mill in Delaware County, is expected to be operational in April. The next, larger phase is set to begin in January. The company is set for a zoning board hearing on Thursday that would allow for industrial operations on what is currently agricultural property.
The mill is expected to generate up to 25 new jobs over the next 36 months, while reducing the need for local aquaculture industry to source feed from remote locations, thereby completing a cycle of sustainable aquaculture for local supply and demand.
When asked how the mill would affect local soybean farmers, ISA President Dave Lowe commented, “The opportunity for aquaculture is immense. We have needed this mill in Indiana to have the ability to source feed locally for quite some time. There are thousands of tons of ingredients for feed within a very short distance of Bell. It is time that the general population, counties and state benefit from the tax base and revenue stream that this mill will provide.”

Monday, February 24, 2014

Engine safety with Ethanol

Specialists in the areas of auto, motorcycle and small engines presented their experience with ethanol fuels in the real world during the National Ethanol Conference.
The panel was moderated by radio host and automotive expert Bobby Likis of Bobby Likis Car Clinic in Pensacola. “In 43 years, more than 200,000 cars have rolled through the doors of my automotive service shop,” said Likis. “Not one of my customers has lost or damaged an engine due to ethanol.” 
The panel featured Dr. Andrew Randolph, Technical Director with Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines, Brian West, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Deputy Director Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research, and Bryan O’Neill, Auto Service Consultant and Vice President of the Iron Order International Motorcycle Club, Pensacola Chapter 
O’Neill related that his own ride, a 2012 Victory Cross Country that “runs like a scalded dog,” has run on only E10 “from day one.” Regarding the use of E15, O’Neill made it clear that the bikers he knows are well aware that it is illegal to use that in their rides and they are capable of reading labels at the pump. “We’re bikers and I admit we’ve been known to do some dumb things, but we’re not stupid,” he said. “We know what to pump. It’s that simple.”
O’Neill is the star of a Bobby Likis Car Clinic/RFA video on motorcycles and ethanol.