• Sycamore Winery sits on some 60 acres in West Terre Haute.

    From Coal Mine to Fine Wine

    The couple behind a Vigo County winery says the community is embracing their vision, which is located at the site of a former Peabody coal mine. Sarah Pigg, who owns Sycamore Winery in West Terre Haute with her husband Daniel, says the booking calendar is already filling up for next year. The Indiana State University graduates say the 60-acre attraction includes a winery, craft brewery, trails, lakes and 4,000 square-feet of event space.

  • (Image of the Sheets family barn and alpacas courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

    Howard County Alpaca Farmers Honored For Preservation

    A Howard County farm family has been named winner of the 2017 Arnold Award for Rural Preservation from Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau. Tim and Beth Sheets raise alpacas for their fleece and own the farm that was bought by Beth's parents in the 1950s. The property includes a barn built in 1911 from recycled timbers, a 150 year-old farm house and historic log cabin that was rescued from demolition. The red barn, which now has a roof depicting an alpaca with its shingles, had...
  • Blair Milo is the new Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

    State Debuts Initiative Targeting Skills Gap

    The newest cabinet member of the Holcomb administration spent her first day with the governor in Clay County helping to launch an initiative focused on linking Hoosiers to higher-paying, in-demand jobs. Former La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who now serves as secretary of career connections and talent, says the Next Level Jobs initiative includes "two more tools in our toolbox" to help Hoosiers be successful in their careers.

  • ISDA Director Ted McKinney helped make the presentations Friday.

    Hoosier Farms Honored For Longevity

    The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has honored 72 families with Hoosier Homestead Awards. The honors recognize Indiana farms owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years. ISDA Director Ted McKinney and Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg made the presentations Friday at the Indiana State Fair. In addition to the ownership requirement, farms must consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.

  • The final harvest took place Tuesday. (photo courtesy Ivy Tech Community College)

    Ag Program Addresses Food Insecurity

    Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute is touting the success of a project launched through its agriculture program. The project, which originally aimed to provide a small, hands-on planting and growing experience for students, has resulted in the distribution of 150,000 ears of sweet corn throughout the state to Hoosiers in need. 

  • Program Promoting Tech in Ag

    Indiana organizers and participants in the National Football League and American Dairy Association's Fuel Up to Play 60 program say the benefits go beyond health. Abby Evans, a student who helped bring the program to Brownsburg High School, says a trip to a dairy farm as part of a national student summit opened her eyes to new options for a career in ag. "At our age, everything's technology," says Evans, "so to learn about how they're using technology to benefit ag..

  • Perdue says the bill will serve as a "safety net" for Indiana producers and consumers.

    Ag Secretary Talks Farm Bill in Indy

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue's "Back to Our Roots" tour stopped today in Indianapolis. Perdue says the goal is to get input on the 2018 Farm Bill from farmers, producers, students, political leaders and other stakeholders. The tour, one of two he will lead this summer, also includes stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business reporter Mary-Rachel Redman.

  • Carson will be in East Chicago Monday.

    Cabinet Members Coming to Indiana

    Governor Eric Holcomb and Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will meet Monday with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in East Chicago to discuss efforts to fight lead contamination. The event comes a day before the two will participate in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue about the federal farm bill in Indianapolis.

  • The company had plannned to begin hiring next year.

    Krone Scraps Shelbyville Plans

    An agriculture equipment company has called off plans to move its headquarters from Tennessee to Shelbyville. Krone North America's $12.5 million plan was expected to bring more than 100 new jobs. Shelby County Development Corporation Executive Director Brian Asher says the decision had to do with company issues, and while the city is disappointed, he is eager to see what opportunities the shovel-ready site may bring in the future.

  • Fadness: 'The Yard' About More Than Food

    Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness says a planned $40 million food and entertainment district will provide a sense of identity for one of the state's fastest-growing communities. But Fadness says The Yard, which could include up to 14 restaurants, a hotel and culinary accelerator, is about more than image. It's already serving as a business attraction tool. "I think without that a lot of these corporate folks may not decide to make Fishers their home," said Fadness.

  • State Fair Food Theme Will 'Prop it up a Notch'

    The executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission says the 161st edition of the fair, which opens Friday in Indianapolis, will showcase the food and agriculture sector and "prop it up a notch." This year's theme is "a Wonderful World of Food" and Cindy Hoye says each day will focus on a different Hoosier farming-focused theme including mint, tomatoes, cheese and eggs. She says the theme reflects the important role Indiana ag producers play in feeding...

  • (Image courtesy of Kroger)

    Kroger's Newest Indiana Store Opens

    The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has cut the ribbon on a new store in southeast Marion County. The grocer says investment in the Franklin Township location totals $25 million. Kroger has been undergoing major growth throughout the state in the last few years, including investing hundreds of millions of dollars into new and revamped stores. Earlier this year, the company announced its Topvalco Inc. subsidiary had agreed to a $16 million acquisition of 11 former Marsh locations.

  • Rob Versprille will chair the new board of directors.

    Board in Place For Co-Op Merger

    The merger of two agricultural cooperatives continues and the board of directors for the combined entity has been set. Wabash-based North Central Cooperative and Crawfordsville-based Ceres Solutions LLP will officially become Ceres Solutions Cooperative on September 1.

  • Midwest Fertilizer CEO Les Wright says he "strongly believes" southwest Indiana is the ideal spot for the plant.

    Midwest Fertilizer Details $2.8B Plans

    Midwest Fertilizer Co. LLC is moving forward with a plan to establish a $2.8 billion manufacturing operation in Posey County. The company expects the fertilizer production plant to result in up to 185 new jobs by the end of 2021. Construction is expected to begin next year. Governor Eric Holcomb says he offers his "enthusiastic support" for the facility, which is expected to begin operations in 2022. The project has been in the works since 2012...

  • Techshot Joins Effort to Improve Plant Growth in Space

    Greenville-based Techshot Inc. has joined with NASA and Florida-based Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE: TUP) to develop an improved system for growing plants on the International Space Station. The group's goal is to improve upon existing technologies while reducing the amount of time required by crew members to care for the growing plants. 

  • McKinney became ISDA director in 2014 under Governor Mike Pence.

    Trump Taps McKinney For Federal Ag Post

    President Donald Trump says he will nominate Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney to be Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says McKinney's background will make him an "unapologetic advocate for U.S. products in the world marketplace."

  • Tim Hassinger has served as president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences since 2014.

    Dow Agro CEO to Take New Gig in Omaha

    Nebraska-based Lindsay Corp. (NYSE: LNN) has named Tim Hassinger, president and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC, its next president and CEO. Hassinger will succeed Rick Parod, who is retiring after 17 years with the irrigation, infrastructure and road safety equipment manufacturer. Hassinger took the lead role at Dow AgroSciences in 2014 and has been with the company for more than 30 years.

  • Ted McKinney is the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

    McKinney: Innovation Key to Hoosier Ag Future

    Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says if Indiana is going to be successful in growing its $31 billion ag sector, it must embrace innovation, "from before the farm gate to the consumer plate." Food and ag innovation is one of seven strategic priorities included in a recently-released, ten year strategic plan that McKinney says provides a comprehensive roadmap for the future, including job creation.

  • Sun King is headquartered in Indianapolis (pictured) and has a second location in Fishers.

    Sun King Expanding Outside Indiana

    The state's second-largest brewery is expanding its footprint beyond Indiana for the first time. Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. has announced distribution into Chicago and Louisville. The announcement continues a year of change for the eight-year-old brewery. In April, it announced a shift from self-distribution in its home region to partnering with Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. as a means to achieve "solid, sustained and steady growth."

  • Daredevil Brewing Co., which opened its Speedway brewery in 2015, took home Indiana Brewery of the Year and Grand Champion Brewery at the 2017 competition.

    Indiana Brewers' Cup Honors Best in State, Region

    The winners of the 19th annual Indiana Brewers' Cup have been announced. Speedway-based Daredevil Brewing Co. swept the major awards in the professional division and entries from five states took home individual honors for beers in dozens of categories. The homebrew division included 770 entries from nine states.

  • Edward Breen (left) is chief executive officer of DuPont and Andrew Liveris (right) is CEO of Dow.

    Dow, DuPont Give Update on Merger

    The boards of directors of DuPont (NYSE: DD) and The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) say the companies have launched a comprehensive portfolio review of the combined operation to be created by a planned $130 billion merger. The boards also released a statement reaffirming their support of the merger and the expectation for the deal to close in August. The study aims to identify "value-enhancing opportunities" ahead of the intended creation of three companies.

  • (Image courtesy of MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen)

    New Dining Concept Launches in New Albany

    An innovative culinary space has launched in Floyd County. MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen is located in New Albany and it includes space for cooking classes, demonstrations, to-go meal service and a book store. The start-up secured a $50,000 loan from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County's Revolving Loan Fund. The fund's executive director Jerry Finn says several restaurants in the area have been supported in the same way.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana Grown)

    Indiana Grown Marking Second Anniversary

    A state-supported initiative designed to spotlight Hoosier farmers and artisans is celebrating its second anniversary and its member development manager is eyeing a major milestone. Heather Tallman says the Indiana Grown initiative currently has more than 800 members, which she believes will surpass 1,000 within the next five months. She says the buy local effort is now focused on making more connections, including working with producers, wineries and breweries to increase...

  • Fair Oaks' Growth Continues

    Fair Oaks Farms is continuing to add facilities. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the agritourism destination has added a dining facility geared toward kids and a dog park. The FeedBarn children's dining hall is supported by Farm Credit and Cargill. It provides a place for visiting student to eat during school visits. Central Bark Park was built with the help of Mars Petcare US.

  • Image of 2017 winning teams courtesy of agBOT Challenge.

    agBOT Challenge Winners Take Home Thousands

    The winning teams have been announced for this weekend's second annual agBOT Challenge at Gerrish Farms in Rockville. The university and entrepreneurial teams were pitted against each other in competitions involving seed planting and identification or weed detection and eradication. Contestants came from schools and companies from throughout the U.S. and Canada to showcase their innovations and compete for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.

  • (Image courtesy of Purdue University)

    Ag Industry Puts Heads Together For Strategic Plan

    Key stakeholders from the state's agriculture sector have released a strategic plan designed to boost the sector over the next decade. The priorities include supporting infrastructure improvement, extending high-speed broadband to all parts of the state and better coordinating ag education with the private sector. The committee that drafted the plan includes leaders from...

  • Monday's launch will include presentations, speakers and panel discussions to detail strategic priorities and initiatives for the next decade.

    State to Unveil 10-Year Ag Strategy

    A group of Indiana agriculture and community leaders will today unveil a 10-year strategic plan for the state's $37 billion ag sector. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture says a team has been working on the plan for the past 18 months. Monday's launch will include presentations, speakers and panel discussions to detail strategic priorities and initiatives for the next decade.

  • Sherilyn Emberton came to Huntington University in 2013.

    Huntington Ag Focus Growing

    The president of Huntington University says the needs of the work force are driving the school's continued focus on agriculture. Sherilyn Emberton says HU's two-year-old ag program taps into a field that has meaning to the region and will "at the end of the day, produce jobs." Agriculture is a $37 billion industry in the state, and in an interview with Inside INdiana Business Television, Emberton said the concept of venturing into ag began when she started asking...

  • (file photo)

    Varied Weather Causes Uneven Start For Farmers

    A corn specialist with Purdue Extension says the growing season in Indiana has gotten off to a very uneven start. Bob Nielsen says heavy rains in April and May left standing water and delayed planting in many parts of the state, while other areas have experienced unusually hot and dry conditions.

  • The agBot Challenge takes place at Gerrish Farms in Rockville.

    Ag Innovation Takes Spotlight

    A high-tech, agriculture-focused event that kicks off Friday in Rockville underscores innovation as well as an asset lacking in many rural communities: high-speed internet service. The agBOT challenge pits teams of university students and entrepreneurs against each other in unmanned robotics competitions at Gerrish Farms in Parke County. In an interview in our Life Sciences INdiana e-newsletter, owner and Manager Steve Gerrish said the challenge brings together...

  • The facility is capable of producing 65,000 tons of fertilizer each year.

    Ag Company Opens Fertilizer Plant

    Wisconsin-based Midwestern BioAg is celebrating the grand opening of its $15 million manufacturing plant at Fair Oaks Farms. The company says the Newton County facility is capable of producing 65,000 tons of fertilizer annually. 

  • The Indiana Soybean Alliance says the state's soybean farmers stand to gain from expanded animal agriculture operations as well.

    Study Shows Animal Ag Potential

    The Indiana Soybean Alliance says a new study suggests Indiana communities should consider animal agriculture when forming economic development strategies. The study from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business shows operations such as poultry, dairy and hog producers have high multipliers, resulting in additional jobs and sales in other industries. The study cites Indiana's existing strength in animal agriculture. It says, as of the 2012 census, the state housed nearly...

  • (Image courtesy of The Dow Chemical Co.)

    Dow AgroSciences Blockbuster Cleared in U.S. And Canada

    A regulatory approval by the Chinese government clears the way for Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC to release its Enlist trait in the United States and Canada. The Asian nation's Ministry of Agriculture has approved the import of corn containing the weed control technology. The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) subsidiary considers the Enlist trait the biggest development in its history.

  • Edward Breen (left) is chief executive officer of DuPont and Andrew Liveris (right) is CEO of Dow.

    Dow, DuPont Reach Agreement With DOJ

    The proposed $130 billion merger of DuPont (NYSE: DD) and The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) has cleared another key hurdle. The companies say they have received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division which would permit the merger to move forward. The agreement is still subject to court approval. The companies say if approval is granted, there would be no further approvals required in the U.S. for the merger to close.

  • Tony (pictured left) and Julie (pictured right) Bombacino launched Real Food Blends in 2013 following an online crowdfunding campaign.

    Real Food Blends Partners on National Distribution

    Chesterton-based Real Food Blends has announced a distribution agreement with a company with a national footprint. The feeding tube meal provider's pouches are now available through Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services, which is considered the largest home infusion and nutrition company in the U.S. Real Food Blends was established in 2013 by wife and husband team Julie and Tony Bombacino when they found a lack of real food nutritional options for their son who used a feeding tube.

  • (Image courtesy of Bell Aquaculture)

    Acquisition Lined up For Hoosier Indoor Fish Producer

    A Massachusetts company has reached an agreement to acquire a once-promising east central Indiana indoor fish farming business. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says the $14 million deal for assets of the Bell Fish Co., which had previously been billed as the largest yellow perch producer in the U.S. The agreement includes Bell's farming facility in Albany. AquaBounty, a subsidiary of Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: XON), says the deal is expected to close within a month.

  • Seymour Egg Producer Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

    Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms Inc. is showcasing its new headquarters. The $5.5 million project began last summer and will house around 80 workers. The nation's second-largest egg producer's Jackson County roots date back to the 1930s. It employs some 2,100 throughout the U.S., 574 of which are in Jackson County.

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