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New online tool helps Indiana farmers select cover crops

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– A new online tool to help farmers decide which cover crops will benefit their row crop rotation is now available in Indiana. Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council teamed up to release the MCCC Cover Crop Decision Tool, which uses consolidated cover crop information by state or province to […]

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New regulations affect farm fuel storage

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Agricultural producers storing more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or other petroleum products on their farms soon will need a written plan for preventing and handling spills, a Purdue University specialist said. The plans are covered in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation amendments that take effect Nov. 10, said Fred Whitford, […]

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March workshop teaches new farmers how to make a profit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue Extension is offering a six-week series, starting in March, to teach beginning farmers about financial management, marketing and legal issues. Living on the Land is the second part of the small-acreage series and focuses on entrepreneurial farming rather than lifestyle or hobby farming, said Steve Engleking, Purdue Extension educator and […]

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Meth makers steal anhydrous ammonia, pose risk to farmers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An increase in illegal methamphetamine use in Indiana has posed a serious threat to farmers who use anhydrous ammonia, but a Purdue University expert says security practices can lower the risks. Anhydrous ammonia is used widely as a nitrogen fertilizer and as an economical way to put nitrogen into the ground. But […]

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Economist: Farmers should prepare for lenders’ questions

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– When commodity prices are high and incomes are up, farmers often can borrow money to plant their spring crop with almost no questions asked by lenders. That is not the case this year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. As farmers approach lenders about renewing their operating line of credit they […]

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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 […]

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