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  • Pogue's Run Grocer opened in 2010.

    Pogue's Run Grocer Closing

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    State FFA Convention Set to Begin

    The 89th Indiana FFA State Convention begins Monday at Purdue University in West Lafayette. The four-day event will include community service projects, awards ceremonies and the election of state officers. Thousands of students will take part in community projects during the event, including making blankets and CANstruction projects that will be donated to Hoosiers in need. Speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and paralympian and best-selling author...

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

    Indiana Grown Puts Members In Spotlight

    The Indiana Grown initiative's signature event returned today to downtown Indianapolis. Program Manager Heather Tallman says the Monumental Marketplace has already paid dividends in its two-year history. "We had wineries that met blackberry growers that were able to buy blackberries and then distribution who came here and met different people they could start using in restaurants and grocery stores," said Tallman.

  • Ivy Tech Ft. Wayne Greenhouse

    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Dedicates Greenhouse

    Agriculture students at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne now have the opportunity to learn growing techniques firsthand. The school has officially dedicated a greenhouse on campus. 

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    The largest retailer in the country will host a grand opening Wednesday in Fort Wayne for its first milk processing plant in North America. The 250,000 square-foot Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) facility, the company says, has already created more than 300 jobs. Plans for the plant were unveiled two years ago following an increased emphasis by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture on boosting the Hoosier dairy industry. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

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    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)

    Purdue Receives Funding to Solve BioRefinery Problems

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

    Applications Open for Indiana Innovation Awards

    Centric Inc. has announced it is accepting applications for the eighth annual awards that recognize individuals and organizations who lead innovation in the state. The Indiana Innovation Awards cover a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, education and the arts. Past winners include Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Octiv, Delta Faucet, 21st Century Charter School of Gary, Brackets for Good and RDM Aquaculture.

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    AgriNovus Adds to Board

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    Superior Ag Cuts Ribbon on Dale Feed Mill

    Huntingburg-based Superior Ag has cut the ribbon on its $20 million feed mill in Spencer County. The cooperative says the facility has the ability to produce 3,000 tons of livestock nutrition weekly, with production scheduled to begin in the middle of June. Construction on the Dale Feed Mill began in January 2017. Superior Ag says the decision to build the facility was made in order to be compliant with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations. The cost of upgrading...

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

    Purdue Names Two New Deans

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    agBOT Challenge Gets Underway

    An agriculture innovation competition that brings together students and industry stakeholders kicks off for the third year Thursday in Parke County. The agBOT Challenge, which is held at the 600-acre Gerrish Farms in Rockville, involves the development and demonstration of ag-focused technology by college and university teams. Events within the three-day challenge focus on autonomous, plant identification, harvesting and weed eradication solutions.

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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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    Brooke's Candy Refocuses, Will Close Terre Haute Shop

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

    Burgeoning Cooking Oil Maker Reaching Statewide Audience

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    Production at Aquaculture Facility Moving Forward

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    Superior Ag Acquires Closed Grain Storage Facility

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

    Ag Publications Buy Farm Show

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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

    The state's signature agricultural marketing effort has a new leader. Indiana State Department of Agriculture Program Manager Suzi Spahr has added responsibilities as director of the Indiana Grown initiative. The ISDA has also named Dana Kosco outreach manager for the effort. Spahr has served as program director since 2016. She succeeds David King, the previous director of Indiana Grown, who left more than a year ago for a private sector position.

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    Purdue, Peruvian University Launch Partnership

    Purdue University and Universidad Nacional de San Agustin have officially launched their first joint research and capacity building initiative: the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Water, Energy and the Environment. The Nexus Institute will feature collaborative research into the challenges faced by residents in Peru and Latin America.

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

    Agbiosciences Opportunities on Display in Fishers

    The co-founder of a wine growing industry software provider founded on Purdue University-licensed technology says events like Tuesday's AgBiosciences Startup Showcase at Launch Fishers provide more than just support for the field. David Ebert of West Lafayette-based VinSense LLC says he hopes the gathering will help attract attention from potential talent and investors. The showcase included young companies in the growing ecosystem, including...

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

    Agbiosciences Focus of Startup Showcase

    Five high-potential Hoosier businesses in a growing corner of the food and ag innovation ecosystem will be in the spotlight Tuesday at Launch Fishers. The Agbiosciences Startup Showcase will feature Carmel-based JUA Technologies International LLC, Aggressively Organic of Fishers, ZeaVaxx LLC at the Purdue Railyard, Bloomington-based The Bee Corp. and West Lafayette-based VinSense. AgriNovus Indiana Senior Director of Talent & Strategy Dan Dawes says...

  • New Ag School Both Hands-on And Online

    A new charter school in central Indiana plans to blend the teachings of a traditional Hoosier career path with modern technology. The Indiana Agriculture & Technology School is an online public school that is tuition-free, and as part of the learning process, students spend time on a 600-acre farm north of Morgantown. The hands-on opportunities include courses and instruction in animal, plant and soil science, forestry and conservation and farming.

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    New Charter School Focuses on Agriculture

    A new online charter school is partnering with a farm in Morgan County to give students hands-on experience in agriculture. The Indiana Agriculture & Technology School, which begins classes in July for students throughout the state, will include tie-in lessons at the 600-acre farm in Morgantown. 

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    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

    Indianapolis-based Patachou Inc. is adding more locations of its farm-to-fork restaurant. Public Greens, which sends all profits to the restaurant group's nonprofit Patachou Foundation, will open its second location at the Fashion Mall on the city's north side in May and a third in Cummins Inc.'s (NYSE: CMI) global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis in the summer. The cafeteria-style eatery is hiring now for the mall location.

  • (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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      The Indiana Grown initiative's signature event returned today to downtown Indianapolis. Program Manager Heather Tallman says the Monumental Marketplace has already paid dividends in its two-year history. "We had wineries that met blackberry growers that were able to buy blackberries and then distribution who came here and met different people they could start using in restaurants and grocery stores," said Tallman.

    • Healthy Hoosier Oil Rethinking Traditional Crops

      A sixth-generation farmer in Converse has found a new use for his crops, instead of traditional row crop farming, he’s growing canola and sunflowers to make healthy oil! How Healthy Hoosier Oil is also helping sixth-generation Hunt Family Farms in the process!

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      There have been several efforts targeting the advancement of rural communities and their welfare. However, the nonprofits that play a pivotal role in providing service to these same areas are struggling to operate efficiently. A recent survey conducted puts the focus on their plight. Our firm appealed to over 100 organizations in a 20-county area focused in southeastern Indiana, bordered primarily by Interstates 65 and 70. The results were not surprising.

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