Home canners are encouraged to join Purdue Extension for the Mastering Home Food Preservation training this summer at Purdue University. Instructors will teach procedures recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for home food preservation, provide valuable resources and take-home projects for participants.
Interns at agricultural companies are invited to attend a Field Scout Intern Training event hosted by the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center. The instructors will teach the basics of agronomic scouting and relevant practices in agriculture.
Producer sentiment improves with strengthened commodity prices, but high cost inflation worries farmers
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer improved in April, up 8 points to a reading of 121; however, it remains 32% below its reading from the same time last year. Producers’ perspective on current conditions and future expectations saw an uptick over the past month. The Index of Current Conditions improved 7 points to a reading of 120, and the Index of Future Expectations improved 9 points to a reading of 122. The Ag Economy Barometer is calculated each month from 400 U.S. agricultural producers’ responses to a telephone survey. This month’s survey was conducted April 18-22
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dipped to a reading of 113 in March, down 12 points from February and 36% lower than March 2021, marking the weakest farmer sentiment reading since May 2020, the early days of the pandemic. The decline was driven by producers’ weaker perceptions of both current conditions in the agricultural economy and expectations for the future. The Index of Current Conditions declined 19 points to 113, down 44% from March 2021, and the Index of Future Expectations declined 9 points to 113, down 31% from the same time last year. The Ag Economy Barometer is calculated each month from 400 U.S. agricultural producers’ responses to a telephone survey. This month’s survey was conducted March 14-18.
Indiana communities are facing complex land-use planning decisions, specifically in regard to renewable energy. To assist communities, Purdue Extension, through support from Hoosiers for Renewables and Indiana Farm Bureau, released a comprehensive study on land-use regulations for wind and solar renewable energy along with county snapshots.
At their latest meeting, the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council (IN Sand W) approved three new projects to fund during the spring and summer seasons. Additionally, the council is asking for nominations of individuals for board positions of districts 1, 4 and 7.
Bestselling author and expert in economics field research to deliver James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture
John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will be the guest speaker for Purdue University’s 47th annual James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture.