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Autumn Climate Outlook

via Purdue Extension by Hans Schimtz. Current models forecast a warmer than average fall, with equal chances for above-normal, below-normal or normal amounts of precipitation. Current outlooks predict 0.5°F above Fahrenheit above average and wetter than average conditions. Individual observations of temperatures and extremes can be quite noticable. Notice increased risks and symptoms of heat…

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Small Farm Spotlight: Mike Hoopengardner

On to the next Small Farm Spotlight, featuring Mike Hoopengardner from RedBud Farm! @caprinicreamery is a farm and creamery that opened in 2011 that sells renown goat cheese! Starting with 2 goats and 2 llamas Kristy Kikly and Mike Hoopengardner, built their farm and house from the ground up and now have over 300 goats!…

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NFU Beginning Farmer Institute

The National Farmers Union has just opened up applications for the 2022 Beginning Farmer Institute Program(BFI)! BFI is a free year-long training program intended to improve the health of the farm and ranch businesses of our stakeholders. The National Farmers Union aims to bring together participants from diverse backgrounds around shared learning objectives, including: Business…

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Autumn Climate Outlook

via Purdue Extension by Hans Schimtz. Current models forecast a warmer than average fall, with equal chances for above-normal, below-normal or normal amounts of precipitation. Current outlooks predict 0.5°F above Fahrenheit above average and wetter than average conditions. Individual observations of temperatures and extremes can be quite noticable. Notice increased risks and symptoms of heat…

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Farmers Market Forum

The Farmers Market Forum is an annual summit of panel discussions, state-wide updates, and real-world applications. Because of global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this forum was held virtually. Please click the link below to learn more about the 2020 Farmers Market Forum and to watch the recorded sessions. 9:00 – 10:00 AM COVID: Adjustments…

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Finding the Right SARE Grant for Your Research Project

Dr. Tamara Benjamin has provided an hour long webinar on how to find the right Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant – view the webinar at: https://tinyurl.com/y2vbqu5c More information about SARE can be found at www.sare.org

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New Legal Guide Helps Grain Farmers and Processors Navigate Food Safety Regulations

September 7, 2021 From the Artisan Grain Collaborative, the Midwest-based Artisan Grain Collaborative and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems(CAFS) at Vermont Law School released a new guide for food-grade grain farmers and processors that break down complicated federal food safety regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human…

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Need Help With Grants?

Looking for Help on Writing Grants or More Information About Grants? Grants.gov has useful information and resources on searching and applying for grants, grant policies, grant-making agencies, and more. Visitors can learn all about the basics about grants like how to apply, regulations and policies, systems, programs, and upcoming events. Grants are an essential way…

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The Dirt on Organic Farming Podcast

Hosted by Mallory Krueger and Nate Powell-Pal, “In The Dirt on Organic Farming” openly discuss the sometimes messy promise of the organic opportunity. They combine expert interviews with real world examples to get beyond “us vs. them” and towards a more informed understanding of organic agriculture. We invite you to listen on your favorite podcatcher…

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Periodical Cicadas

Plan Ahead to Protect Young Fruit Trees From 17-Year Periodical Cicadas Emerging in May KEY CICADA FACTS Cicadas won’t hurt you or your pets. But if you’re concerned, consult a doctor or a vet. Cicadas aren’t a “Plague of Locusts.” In some areas people call cicadas locusts, but cicadas can’t eat crops like locusts. They…

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From Farm to Table – Enjoy Fresh Produce Safely this Summer!

From Farm to Table – Enjoy Fresh Produce Safely this Summer! The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented disruption to Indiana’s local production cycles that bring food, fiber, flowers and more to our restaurants, farmers’ markets and communities. As more people are vaccinated and restrictions are lifted, Purdue Extension offers this advice about how to enjoy fresh…

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