• The Hoosier Homestead Award has been bestowed since 1976, more than 5,500 families have received the award.

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    Italian Cheese Producers to Launch Plant in Northeast Indiana

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  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (right) toured the new facility Tuesday.

    Ivy Tech to Open Precision Ag Facility

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  • Trade Concerns Cause Drop in Ag Producer Confidence

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  • (photo courtesy of Bell Aquaculture)

    AquaBounty Awaiting FDA OK on Imported Fish Eggs

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    Wolf Family Learning Center Expansion Complete in Fort Wayne

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    Corteva Agriscience Exec Receives Presidential Nomination

    President Donald Trump has nominated an Indiana agbiosciences executive to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary of agriculture for research, education and economics. Scott Hutchins is the global leader of integrated field sciences for Corteva Agriscience, which has a Global Business Center at the former Dow Agrosciences campus in Indianapolis. Hutchins is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska and previously served as...

  • Mark Poeschl is CEO of the National FFA Organization.

    National FFA Announces New Digital Tool

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  • (Image of Wally Tyner courtesy of Purdue University.)

    Tyner: 'Lose-Lose' Situation Brewing With Trump Tariffs

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  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (photo courtesy city of Gary)

    Grant to Boost Urban Farming in Gary

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  • New Wine Trail Established in Indiana

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  • The city of Frankfort and the state are supporting the Frito-Lay expansion plans.

    Frito-Lay Adding Lines, Jobs in Frankfort

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  • (photo courtesy Two-EE's Winery)

    Study: Hoosier Wine Industry Keeps Growing

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  • (Image courtesy of Tom Farms LLC.)

    Trump Nominates Indiana Farm Exec For Ambassador Post

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  • Bee species found in Avon

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  • (Rendering provided by the National FFA Organization.)

    Partnership Promotes Ag to Next Generation

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  • In addition to the farm itself, Jones and Burcham plan to use the funding to create retail space, a demonstration kitchen and community meeting space.

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  • Pogue's Run Grocer opened in 2010.

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  • (photo courtesy Indiana FFA Organization)

    State FFA Convention Set to Begin

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  • More than 150 Indiana Grown vendors took part in the Monumental Marketplace in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

    Indiana Grown Puts Members In Spotlight

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  • Ivy Tech Ft. Wayne Greenhouse

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  • (Image courtesy of Elanco Animal Health)

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  • (photo courtesy Aggressively Organic)

    Aggressively Organic Making Public Debut

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  • Yu Liu, works on computer simulation of biomass particle movement through a screw conveyor (Photo courtesy of Purdue University)

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  • Centric, Inc. opens applications for latest Indiana Innovation Awards

    Applications Open for Indiana Innovation Awards

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  • (photos courtesy AgriNovus Indiana)

    AgriNovus Adds to Board

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  • (photo courtesy Superior Ag)

    Superior Ag Cuts Ribbon on Dale Feed Mill

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  • Karen Plaut (left) and Nancy Marchand-Martella (right)

    Purdue Names Two New Deans

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  • (Image courtesy of the agBOT Challenge.)

    agBOT Challenge Gets Underway

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  • (Image of Purdue University team courtesy of agBOT Challenge.)

    AgTech 'Pre-Commercial Battleground' Set For Year Three

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  • The agreement will involve private-sector partnerships between Indiana and Israeli businesses.

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  • (Image of Terre Haute location's 2016 grand opening courtesy of Brooke's Candy Co.)

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  • (From left-to-right: Nathan Hunt, Mark Boyer)

    Burgeoning Cooking Oil Maker Reaching Statewide Audience

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  • (photo courtesy of Bell Aquaculture)

    Production at Aquaculture Facility Moving Forward

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  • (photo courtesy Superior Ag)

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  • This year's show is set for December 11-13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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  • (Images of Suzi Spahr [pictured left] and Dana Kosco [pictured right] courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.)

    New Director For Indiana Grown Initiative

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  • (image courtesy of Purdue University)

    Purdue, Peruvian University Launch Partnership

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  • Dan Ebert (pictured on stage) is a co-founder of VinSense.

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  • A founder of JUA Technologies will be among the featured presenters at the showcase.

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  • New Ag School Both Hands-on And Online

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    New Charter School Focuses on Agriculture

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  • (Image courtesy of Bell Aquaculture.)

    Indiana Aquaculture Facility Could Start Over This Year

    The Massachusetts company that last year purchased the Bell Fish Co. LLC in Albany says the indoor fish farm could begin generating revenue late next year. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says the east central Indiana operation will become the company's first U.S. commercial production site and could begin being stocked within the next few months. In March of last year, Texas-based private equity firm Trive Capital acquired the assets of Bell.

  • (Image of Public Greens in Broad Ripple courtesy of Patachou Inc.)

    Mission-Driven Patachou Offshoot Growing

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  • (photo courtesy Aggressively Organic)

    Fishers Startup Wins Big at SXSW

    Fishers-based Aggressively Organic took home top honors at last month's Food+City Challenge Prize competition at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The startup, which creates hydroponic, micro-growth chamber technology to grow produce, won $10,000 after being named a Challenge Prize and People's Choice winner. Aggressively Organic became the first company in the four-year history of the competition to win both awards. The company was one of...

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      A new partnership between Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana will help promote agriculture to the next generation. Find out why the Blue Room will be a unique aspect to this year’s conference.

    • Partnership Promoting Ag to Next Generation

      Leaders from the Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana have unveiled an initiative designed to expose attendees of the massive annual FFA Convention and Expo to careers and innovation in agriculture. The Blue Room -- a 17,000 square-foot interactive experience -- will focus on experiential learning to help grow the talent pipeline in the sector. 

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