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High commodity prices cause tax increase on Indiana farmland

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana farmers could see a substantial increase in property taxes over the next few years if the state’s farmland taxation formulas remain unchanged, said one Purdue University expert. “Indiana assesses farmland based on its use value rather than its market value,” said Purdue agricultural economist Larry DeBoer. “Almost all states do […] Read the full story

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Conference examines future of biofuels production

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cropfields could play a major role in future energy needs, and some of the world’s top researchers will discuss the challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the renewable fuels industry during a conference co-sponsored by Purdue University. Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability takes place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. […] Read the full story

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Gray and pink molds turning up in Indiana cornfields

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Wet, cool conditions not only keep farmers out of the fields, but also favor moldy corn. One Purdue University specialist is getting calls from around the state about Diplodia and Gibberella ear rots in corn. There’s a lot of Diplodia ear rot throughout Indiana, especially in the northeast and southeast, said […] Read the full story

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Growers should expect budget squeeze in 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Farmers should see some relief on input costs next year, but profit margins are still likely to be squeezed. Bruce Erickson, a Purdue University agricultural economist, said growers would likely see the most savings on fertilizer costs in the 2010 planting season. “Some farmers were spending as much as $200 per […] Read the full story

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Indiana farm fatalities up for the second consecutive year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2008 Indiana Farm Fatality Report, compiled by Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program, documents 28 agricultural-related fatalities in 2008, up from 24 in 2007. “The general trend for the previous 30 years had been that farm fatalities were on the decline,” said Gail Deboy, Purdue agricultural safety engineer and […] Read the full story

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Surplus U.S. crop means lower prices; need to stimulate use

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — This year could be another record-setting year for U.S. corn production, said Purdue University’s Chris Hurt, who believes those numbers will be reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sept. 12 Crop Production report. USDA’s August estimate for corn was 159.5 bushels per acre for the average yield — 3 bushels […] Read the full story

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