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    Superior Ag Acquires Closed Grain Storage Facility

    Huntingburg-based Superior Ag has acquired a previously-closed grain elevator in Princeton. The cooperative says the facility will increase its on-site grain storage capacity by 50 percent. 

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

    Ag Publications Buy Farm Show

    Two Indiana agriculture publications have purchased the Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show. Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World say the Indianapolis show will be renamed to The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo when it returns for its 40th year in December. The publications jointly purchased the show from Richard Sherman, who has operated the event for the past 39 years. This year's show is set for December 11-13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

  • (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.

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    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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    DTN Completes Spensa Acquisition

    Minnesota-based DTN, a global analysis company, has closed on its previously-announced acquisition Purdue University precision agriculture tech startup Spensa Technologies Inc. Spensa, located in the Purdue Research Park, gathers high-resolution data and and models the information.

  • 18th Street Distillery is new to the craft spirits scene, but it took multiple awards from the 2018 Craft Spirits Conference & Expo.

    Hoosier Spirits Earn Industry Hardware

    Several Indiana distilleries have received awards from a competition run by the largest organization of small-batch, independently-owned distillers in the country. The California-based American Distilling Institute honors winning spirits in dozens of categories with double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as awards for Best of Class, Best of Category and packaging. The selection process involves...

  • The company says it is targeting seed companies and agronomic research groups.

    Purdue Startup Tapping Drone Tech

    A Purdue University-affiliated startup is using drone technology to turn crop photos into useful plant and crop information. Progeny Drone Inc. has attracted funding from Purdue's AG-Celerator and the National Science Foundation. The company says its software platform addresses a growing need from agriculture companies that are "overwhelmed" trying to turn information from unmanned aerial vehicles into actionable data.

  • Hedge Row says its entire menu is sourced from American farmers, with a specific local focus.

    Kimbal Musk Says 'I Love Indianapolis'

    Restaurateur Kimbal Musk says a "phenomenal farm-to-table movement" and "thriving local farm scene" are among reasons his trendy chain of eateries has landed in Indianapolis. "I love Indianapolis," said Musk at Thursday's VIP opening for Hedge Row, an American Bistro that will open April 3 in the Arts District on Mass Ave. Musk says he's already established partnerships with local farmers that are key to the success of his farm-to-table model.

  • Scott Massey is a co-founder of Heliponix.

    'Food Computer' Creator Marketing to World

    The chief executive officer of a West Lafayette-based indoor agricultural technology company has lofty global ambitions. Heliponix co-founder Scott Massey says the company, which makes the GroPod hydroponic "food computer," has a potential market the size of every home in the world. "Ultimately, I see us becoming the world's largest farming company without owning a single acre of land." In an interview for The INnovators with Dr. K, Massey said...

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    Indy World Trade Center 'Full-Steam Ahead'

    World Trade Center - Indianapolis will sign an agreement Thursday with a partner in a key international region. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Indy organization and the World Trade Center - Harbin, China will involve commercial exchanges and regular meetings that could lead to future partnerships. President Doris Anne Sadler says the collaboration holds promise on several fronts including agriculture, agtech and water resource management.

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    Indianapolis Lands World Trade Center

    Indiana's emerging profile as a global business center is getting a boost. After more than a year of effort, organizers have received final license from the New York-based World Trade Centers Association to establish a World Trade Center in Indianapolis. "World Trade Center Indianapolis is going to be a conduit to the world for trade, trade services in particular," said former Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler, who is serving as president of WTC Indianapolis.

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    Hydroseeding Tech Wins Student Soybean Competition

    A soy-based hydroseeding technology has taken the top prize in the Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition, hosted by Purdue University and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. The ISA says the competition encourages students to develop "novel applications for soybeans that meet a market need." Team SoyTack, which consists of four Purdue students, won the $20,000 first place prize for their soy-based tackifier for hydroseeding.

  • IoT Lab Opens With Eyes on Future

    The founder of the Indiana IoT Lab says the innovation and collaboration space is focused on an industry that will "future-proof" Hoosier businesses. John Wechsler says companies that are dialing into the Internet of Things are playing in a sector that is forecast to grow to $2.2 trillion. The facility Wednesday night hosted more than 700 at a grand opening event. Wechsler said some of the state's trademark industries will be "radically affected" by...

  • Beth Bechdol has been with Agrinovus Indiana since 2015.

    Bechdol Now Full-Time With AgriNovus

    The state's agbiosciences initiative has shifted its top leadership role to full-time. Beth Bechdol, who has served as president and chief executive officer of AgriNovus Indiana on a contract basis since it launched in 2015, previously served as director of agribusiness strategies for Indianapolis-based Ice Miller LLP. Bechdol's career experience includes positions with...

  • Indiana Grown, Eskenazi Strike Up Food Connection

    The associate director of culinary services at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis hopes a new partnership with the state's Indiana Grown initiative could nudge more anchor institutions throughout the state to locally source food. Seth Grant says such partnerships could have a real impact on the Indiana economy, environment and health of Hoosiers. Eskenazi Health Chief Executive Officer Lisa Harris will be a guest this weekend on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

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    Eskenazi, Indiana Grown to Outline Partnership

    Eskenazi Health and Indiana Grown will Monday detail a new partnership at Sidney & Louis Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. The organizations are also hosting a "food networking event" allowing Indiana Grown members to connect with each other and local business owners. Eskenazi Health CEO Dr. Lisa Harris will discuss the partnership this weekend on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick. Indiana Grown, which helps consumers find products grown, raised, produced...

  • During the address, Fadness also announced a partnership with Conner Prairie and HSE Schools called Fishers First.

    AgriPark, New Jobs in Fishers Future

    The city of Fishers will partner with Brandywine Creek Farms to launch a 30-acre development focused on urban farming. During his State of the City address, Mayor Scott Fadness detailed plans for Fishers AgriPark, which will include crop fields, livestock, aquaponics, beehives and educational space. In today's address, Fadness also said to expect economic development announcements in the coming weeks involving $150 million in capital investment and hundreds of new jobs.

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    Agreement in Place to Acquire Spensa Technologies

    Minneapolis-based business intelligence company DTN has announced an agreement to acquire a high-profile Indiana precision agricultural technology business. The deal for West Lafayette-based Spensa Technologies Inc. still needs approval from its shareholders and the companies are not announcing financial terms. Spensa was launched in 2009 at the Purdue Research Park. A year ago, it inked an agreement with Linden-based non-GMO seed company Spectrum Seed that paved the way for...

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    Indiana Grown Reaches 'Extremely Significant' Milestone

    As it approaches its third anniversary, Indiana Grown has hit a major milestone. The statewide agriculture initiative, which helps consumers find products grown, raised, produced and processed in Indiana, has reached 1,000 members. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says the program has members in almost every county. She says the initiative is looking to beef up marketing efforts to make more producers aware of the resource and help connect them with retailers, wholesalers and...

  • Aggressively Organic's Presence, Ambition Expanding

    A central Indiana indoor agriculture company is growing its footprint. Aggressively Organic creates hydroponic, micro-growth chamber technology to grow produce for what it says is "less than the cost of a large pizza." The less-than-one-year-old company is currently located at Launch Fishers and it will next week open a 40,000-square-foot facility elsewhere in the Hamilton County city.

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    Splenda Owner Eyeing New HQ

    A Carmel-based company that owns the Splenda brand of low-calorie sweeteners is planning to relocate to a new headquarters not yet determined and grow in central Indiana. Heartland Food Products Group, which currently employs 70 in Carmel, is looking for space in either Indianapolis, Westfield, Fishers or elsewhere in Carmel. It could also add approximately 130 jobs as a result of the move. Heartland Food Products employs 1,200 globally.

  • (Image of Lawrence County courtesy of Indiana University.)

    IU Details New Southwest Central-Focused Center

    A $10 million Lilly Endowment Inc. grant will support a new center focusing on addressing opportunities and needs of 11 counties in the southwest central region of the state. Indiana University's Center for Rural Engagement is an outgrowth of an Indiana University Foundation feasibility study launched in 2015. IU Provost Lauren Robel led the center's development and says it demonstrates the university's commitment to...

  • The company unveiled the name and logo at the Commodity Classic convention in Anaheim.

    DowDuPont Names Ag Spinoff

    DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) has announced the name of its agriculture company spinoff. Corteva Agriscience will be headquartered in Delaware and have global business centers in Indianapolis and Iowa. The company unveiled the name and logo at the Commodity Classic convention in Anaheim. Corteva brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences. It will focus on areas including seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture.

  • Lise Asimont (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue Wine Tech Startup Hires CEO

    VinSense Technology, who is using technology patented at Purdue to help with wine agriculture has hired a Sonoma County viticulturist as its Chief Executive. Lise Asimont is past president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. She also serves as a committee chair for the United Wine and Grape Symposium. 

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    Purdue Improved Crop Storage Bags Reach Global Stage

    Some 30 years after inspiration struck for an economical way to prevent post-harvest losses from insects, a specially-designed bag system has reached global commercialization. Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags were invented by College of Agriculture professor Larry Murdock following a trip to Africa in the late-1980s. Murdock, associate professor Dieudonné Baributsa and a former Ph.D. student, Laurie Kitch, launched PICS Global Inc. to produce...

  • Randy Mitchell is president of White County Economic Development.

    White County Touting Year of Growth

    The president of White County Economic Development Organization Inc. says "everything is on the move" in terms of business progress in the northwest Indiana county. White County farmers produce more popcorn than any other county in the state and Randy Mitchell says the county's economy is also bolstered by a manufacturing presence that is tied to one-third of all jobs. During the organization's annual luncheon that drew 400 attendees, Mitchell talked with...

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    Beck's Adds Solar to Atlanta HQ

    Hamilton County-based Beck's Hybrids has completed an effort to boost energy efficiency at its Atlanta headquarters. The retail seed company has installed two, 1-megawatt solar energy systems it says will account for about 25 percent of its current electric costs. 

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    Kokomo Grain to Sell Tennessee Facilities

    Kokomo Grain Co. Inc. is set to auction off three of its Tennessee facilities in April. The company says it is looking to focus its operations on the Eastern Corn Belt, which led to the decision to sell the facilities.

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    Elanco Agreement Focuses on Animal Gut Health

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health has announced a new partnership with a team of agbiosciences researchers in Wisconsin. The global in-licensing agreement with Ab E Discovery involves technology focused on improving gut health of poultry. The technology is in the late stages of development and involves hens passing along anti-bodies to offspring through eggs. Under terms of the agreement, Elanco has the exclusive global rights for all animal species, but the initial focus will be...
  • Anchor Tenants Sign on With Indiana IoT Lab

    The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers has revealed the inaugural class of businesses setting up dedicated office suites at the soon-to-open property. Mayor Scott Fadness says the space, which is the first of its kind in the state, positions the city to "lead the way for innovation" in Indiana and beyond. In addition to filling eight suites, 50 members have joined and will use the coworking and prototyping amenities on-site.

  • Leland Boren and Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton

    Donation to Grow Huntington Ag Programs

    Huntington University says a $1 million gift will provide a big boost to its agricultural studies programs. The school says the donation from Upland-based Avis Industrial Corp. Chief Executive Officer Leland Boren will support multiple initiatives in its Faith Forward 2022 strategic plan. Avis Industrial is the parent company of 11 subsidiaries in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Holic Foods first launched in 2013.

    Holic Foods Plans Jobs, First-of-Its-Kind Facility

    Middletown-based Holic Foods is planning a new food production center and 42 jobs over the next two years. The all-natural food manufacturer and distributor says it will invest $2.1 million to renovate a vacant factory into a facility it says will be the only one of its kind in the state. Holic Foods makes sauces, dips and condiments including its signature and the new operation, the company says, will meet Safe Quality Food Institute Level 2 certification standards. The designation...

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    Rebranding For Heritage Hoosier Ag Business

    A well-known name in Indiana agbiosciences has changed its identity. Sheridan-based JBS United Inc. is now United Animal Health Inc., a brand the animal nutrition and health company says will differentiate it from any other company named JBS. "Our new name also keeps us connected to our heritage: United Feeds, the name we started with over 60 years ago. We are more focused now, than ever, on..."

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    Cocktail Maker Plans Indiana Relocation, Growth

    An Oregon-based pre-mixed cocktail and spirit producer says it will invest $9 million into relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Indianapolis. The move, Blue Marble Cocktails and Spirits says, could create more than 50 jobs by the end of the year. Additionally, the company is looking at sites it says would house a new, permanent production facility in central Indiana. Blue Marble Productions Inc., founded by Indiana native Alan Miller, currently...

  • Co-Founders of The Bee Corp from left-to-right: Wyatt Wells, Ellie Symes, Simon Kuntz.

    The Bee Corp. Unveils New Technology

    An ag-tech startup is spreading its wings to attack another issue facing beekeepers: hive theft. Bloomington-based The Bee Corp. has developed the QGPS Hive Theft Tracking System which can be used to provide real-time information to commercial beekeepers and police via a discreet inner-hive sensor. The new technology can also be used to monitor work vehicles and equipment.

  • Christopher Day, co-founder and CEO of DemandJump, is one of the new board members.

    Indiana Chamber Adds to Board

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has added more than two dozen members to its board of directors. The additions include business leaders representing a variety of industries, including tech, agriculture, manufacturing, law and healthcare. 

  • The ISDA has hired Robert Warner as its international trade program manager.

    Indiana Ag Eyeing Global Growth

    Indiana is sharpening its focus on growing the state's agriculture industry internationally. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is strengthening its partnership with the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, which it says will pave new roads to international markets for Indiana ag companies. The collaboration offers businesses services like the Branded Program, which provides 50 percent cost reimbursement for several international marketing activities. Efforts covered ...

  • (Image of VinSense Co-Founder David Ebert Courtesy of the Purdue Research Foundation.)

    Federal Grant Supports Purdue-Based Wine Tech Developer

    West Lafayette-based VinSense LLC has landed a more than $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The software company, which uses Purdue University-licensed technology, designs software for wine grape growers and winemakers. VinSense provides in-field analysis and focuses on improving crop quality and sustainability. The two-year Small Business Innovation Research grant will boost development of...

  • Restaurant, Winery Continue to be Roanoke Draws

    A Huntington County town of around 1,700 has made a name for itself as a culinary destination. A Fort Wayne Town Hall edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick featured Joseph Decuis and Two EE's Winery in Roanoke, two attractions that have gained acclaim inside and outside the state. Joseph Decuis Chief Executive Officer Pete Eshelman talked about the restaurant's early beginnings in the mid-1990s as...

  • IoT Lab Progressing in Fishers

    The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers will hold its grand opening in the first quarter of next year. The lab, unveiled in February, is located in the city's state-certified tech park, which includes the Nickel Plate District -- home of Launch Fishers -- and North East Commerce Park. Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says it will be home to "in-resident" companies, innovation teams from larger corporations and "backpack-and-an-idea" entrepreneurs.

  • The Indiana Grown initiative is one of the recipients.

    ISDA Awards Specialty Crop Grants

    The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $400,000 to six projects throughout the state that look to enhance the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops. The ISDA says the funding will also address key issues impacting the agricultural sector by investing in research and increasing nutritional knowledge and consumption of specialty crops.

  • Details of the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network were unveiled Monday at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Lafayette.

    Investment Aims to Transform Region Through IoT

    The board chair of the newly-launched Wabash Heartland Innovation Network says a nearly $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. offers a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for the region. The funds are designed to help the 10 counties parlay strengths in agriculture, manufacturing and technical training through Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College into what Gary Henriott says could be a globally-recognized hub for Internet of Things innovation.

  • Henriott Group Chairman Gary Henriott is chair of the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network Steering Committee.

    IoT at Heart of Nearly $40M Lilly Endowment Grant

    A nearly $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will cover what the Northwest Central Indiana Community Partnership Inc. says will be a "global epicenter for agriculture and next-generation manufacturing" using Internet of Things technology. The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, says board chair Gary Henriott, will collaborate with stakeholders throughout the 10-county region, including Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and AgriNovus Indiana.

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    St. Elmo 'Extensions' Coming to The Yard in Fishers

    The first two tenants of The Yard in Fishers will come from a familiar name on the Indiana dining scene. St. Elmo Co-Proprietor Craig Huse says new 1933 Lounge and Burger Study locations will open at the $40 million food and entertainment district in July of 2019. "Fishers residents are already at 1933 and St. Elmo and Harry & Izzy's downtown (in Indianapolis) and you have so many great employers," Huse said. "It was really just a natural move for us."

  • (Rendering of the Main Street view of The Yard provided by the city of Fishers.)

    Fishers, Developer to Unveil First Tenants of 'The Yard'

    A planned $40 million food and entertainment district in a rapidly-developing section of Fishers will take a major step Wednesday. City officials will announce the first two restaurant commitments at The Yard. Plans for the district, which were first announced a year ago, include attracting familiar and new restaurant names, as well as serving as a culinary entrepreneurial hub and a place for gatherings.

  • The commitment from Infosys, which involves plans for 2,000 jobs that were announced earlier this year, was the largest of the year according to the IEDC.

    IEDC Chalks Up a Record-Breaker

    The state is reporting a record year for job commitments and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says plans totaling 30,158 new jobs are heavily driven by one industry typically tied to the state and another that's rapidly gaining ground. Manufacturing, Indiana's traditional economic bread-and-butter, continued to lead the way in expected job commitments with 10,885. Job commitments in technology rose year-over-year to more than 7,600.

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    Italpollina Boosting Anderson Commitment

    Just over a year after beginning construction on a more than $9 million North American headquarters in Anderson, Italy-based agbiosciences company Italpollina says it will build a science and technology park next to its Madison County operation. The company has not detailed the investment total or the construction timeline, but says it will specialize in the "very basis" of its development process -- sciences like phenomics and metabolomics. The park will include...

  • Charity Looks to Larva as Food For African Orphans

    The Indianapolis-based Global Orphan Foundation has a bold mission -- to care for the world's most vulnerable children -- and is turning to a protein source unusual to the western world. The organization is on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to implement an easy-to-use system of raising vitamin, protein and micronutrient-packed palm weevil larvae to feed the orphans. Executive Director Nicole Brandt tells Barbara Lewis in The Business of Health the...

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    Fishers Ag Startup Launches Campaign For Puerto Rico

    A Fishers-based agriculture tech startup has launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Aggressively Organic Inc. is looking to raise $500,000 in order to ship 50,000 of its Micro Growth Systems, which the company says will help feed the people of Puerto Rico. The Micro Growth Systems are self-contained personal hydroponic systems that will allow residents, agencies and relief groups to grow various types of ...

  • Kettler Tapped to Lead ISDA

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has appointed Bruce Kettler director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Kettler, who most recently served as director of public relations for Atlanta, Indiana-based Beck's Hybrids, will begin his new role January 8. 

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    Indiana Lands Major Agritourism Convention

    Central Indiana will host what tourism officials call the nation's foremost agritourism convention in 2019. The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association Inc. convention will take place in Noblesville. IOTD Executive Director Mark Newman says, for a state that prides itself on its agricultural appeal, hosting the event is in Indiana's wheelhouse. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites conference Center, which is currently under construction.

  • Lechleiter (pictured far right) was part of a panel on "Creating Collisions by Crossing Sector Lines" at the summit.

    Lechleiter: Agbioscience 'Parts and Pieces' in Place

    Former Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter says Indiana has all the tools it needs to be an agbiosciences leader, including heritage, strength in education, life sciences and logistics and an invested state government. Lechleiter was part of a panel on "crossing sector lines" at today's Agbiosciences Innovation Summit in Indianapolis. He says the key is getting all of those players to part with their "narrow self interests" and...

  • (L to R) Kess Berg, Gil Farley, and Randy Kron (photos courtesy AgriNovus Indiana)

    AgriNovus Adds Three to Board

    The state's food and agriculture initiative has added three members to its board of directors. AgriNovus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Beth Bechdol says the additions "validate the commitment of leaders across the state to advance Indiana's leadership in the agbiosciences." 

  • Soybean Alliance Chair Appointed to National Board

    The chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors has been named to a national board. Tom Griffiths of Kendallville is one of 19 new members appointed to the United Soybean Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

  • Disaster Assistance OKed For Michiana

    Farmers in three Indiana counties are eligible to receive natural disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Elkhart, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties are included in a declaration involving 16 adjoining Michigan counties. The designation dates back to frost and freeze events that caused crop loss and damages between March 14 and May 20. Producers in the Michigan and Indiana counties can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans to help offset losses.

  • (Image of Gebisa Ejeta courtesy of Purdue University.)

    Purdue Researcher Lands $5M From Gates Foundation

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting Purdue University research to find stronger and more versatile sorghum varieties for African farmers. The $5 million grant is the second grant from the foundation secured by Purdue Center for Global Food Security Director Gebisa Ejeta. He previously led a team that identified a gene and biological processes that control resistance to a parasitic weed dangerous to sorghum and other crops.

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    Dora to Lead USDA Rural Development in Indiana

    The chairman of the Ivy Tech Community College Board of Directors has been appointed state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Indiana. Michael Dora is retired and was the previous owner/operator of Dora Enterprises, the family's grain and swine production operation in Rush County. He was appointed to the Ivy Tech board in 2013 by then-Governor Mike Pence.

  • The Agbiosciences Innovation Summit will take place this year from 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on November 29 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

    Lineup Announced For Agbiosciences Summit

    The state's food and agriculture innovation initiative, AgriNovus Indiana, has announced the 2017 Indiana Agbiosciences Innovation Summit lineup. The November 29 program highlighting research advancements and industry convergence will feature speakers including Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Chairman Emeritus John Lechleiter and Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick. Chief Executive Officer Beth Bechdol says...

  • Beth Bechdol is president of AgriNovus Indiana.

    AgriNovus Scores Major Grant Funding

    Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the state's food and agriculture innovation initiative a $4.2 million grant. AgriNovus Indiana says it will use the funding to support education, talent and entrepreneurship programs.

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    100th Class Completes Second Helpings Training

    A restaurant industry training and food recovery organization is marking a milestone. The 100th free culinary job training class at Indianapolis-based Second Helpings Inc. has graduated. The nearly 20-year-old nonprofit says 747 men and women have received skills that Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Vigran says can help change lives. During a Studio (i) interview, Vigran says Second Helpings delivers a big impact on the local community and businesses.

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    The Golden Saying Goodbye

    A restaurant run by a recent semi-finalist for a regional James Beard Foundation award is closing Sunday. The Golden, which opened a year-and-a-half ago, is located in the high-profile Ash Skyline Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. The Golden is owned by chefs Sean Richardson and Aaron Butts. The restaurant has focused on "farm-to-fork" cuisine from local, seasonal and sustainable produce...

  • Eco-Tek created and sells equipment that converts manure into dairy bio-fiber. (Photo courtesy: National Dairy Council)

    Lafayette Startup Turning Poop Into Profit

    A Lafayette company is using cow manure to make products for the agriculture industry. Eco-Tek LLC founder and President Roland Kessler says the company runs manure through a biological process and ultimately turns it into natural bedding for dairy farmers and potting mix for horticulture operations. Kessler, a respiratory therapist and paramedic before becoming an entrepreneur, says Eco-Tek is working with the Purdue Foundry to find investors and distribution opportunities.

  • (Rendering provided to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana.)

    Construction Begins on $15M Fair Oaks Hotel

    Fair Oaks Farms has broken ground on a $15 million, on-campus hotel. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report plans call for the barn-shaped Fairfield Inn & Suites to include 31 rooms and eight larger "silo suites." The hotel is expected to open in about a year. The publication reports the agritourism destination, located on the edge of Jasper and Newton counties, attracts 500,000 visitors a year and employs some 400 in northwest Indiana.

  • Currently 21 retailers in Indiana offer E15 fuel at the pump.

    Ethanol Industry Wary of Potential Changes

    The chief executive officer of an ethanol advocacy group says the industry is keeping an eye on potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy's Emily Skor, who was in Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention & Expo, says a decrease in the required amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply could hurt states like Indiana. She says Indiana is the nation's fifth-largest producer of ethanol, with more than a dozen plants producing over a billion gallons per year.

  • (photo courtesy Indiana FFA Organization)

    National FFA Convention to Kick Off in Indy

    More than 64,000 people will be in downtown Indianapolis this week for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. The event, which runs through Saturday, will also include an appearance by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

  • Construction to Begin on Vigo County Turkey Hatchery

    Minnesota-based Select Genetics will Wednesday break ground on its planned $22 million turkey hatchery in Terre Haute. The 83,000-square-foot facility, located in the Vigo County Industrial Park, is expected to add up to 100 jobs over the next year. 

  • (photo courtesy Indiana State Department of Agriculture)

    Hoosier Student Seeking Spot on FFA Officer Team

    As the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis draws near, a student from Hancock County is looking toward a leadership role within the organization. Annalee Witte, a sophomore at Purdue University, is competing with students from throughout the country to serve on the 2017-2018 National FFA officer team.

  • Sarah Frey (center) and her four brothers (from left: John, Harley, Ted and Leonard Frey) operate farms and facilities in seven states.

    Frey Farms Completes Poseyville Juicery

    Illinois-based Frey Farms is celebrating the opening of its new cold-pressed processing center in Poseyville. Financial details of the project were not released, however the company says the 70,000-square-foot facility would add "a number of jobs" in southern Indiana.

  • (photo courtesy of our partners at WTPA-TV)

    Egg Producer Rebuilding After Fire

    An egg production facility in North Manchester is looking to rebuild after a massive fire last week. Our partners at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne report one million chickens were killed and five poultry barns were destroyed at the Hi-Grade Egg Producers location. 

  • The signing ceremony took place at the Indiana Statehouse. (photo courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance)

    Taiwan Continues Commitment to Importing Indiana Crops

    A delegation from Taiwan has signed letters of intent to continue the country's commitment to importing Indiana corn and soybeans in 2018 and 2019. The Indiana Soybean Alliance says the signing reaffirms a relationship that has been in place since 1998.

  • (Image of a Dallas Lake Park trailhead courtesy of LaGrange County Parks.)

    New Nature Preserve in Northeast Indiana

    Indiana now has 281 state-designated nature preserves. The most recent, Pond 'Lil Nature Preserve, is in LaGrange County and includes nearly 95 acres. It is located within Dallas Lake County Park and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources describes it as "more pond than bog," but says over the course of perhaps hundreds of years, the floating mat of sphagnum moss and other vegetation could grow more toward the center. The preserve includes...

  • (Image of Amy Cornell courtesy of Indiana University.)

    IU, Purdue to Team up For Ag Law Program

    The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and Purdue University are collaborating on a new agriculture law program. Amy Cornell will lead the organizational efforts, including selecting a steering committee. The process of building the program is expected to take two years and involve determining the needs of the market, employers and students. IU McKinney Dean Andrew Klein says...

  • (Image of Great American Beer Festival Entries courtesy of Mad Anthony Brewing Co.)

    Hoosier Beers Earn Great American Medals

    Beers from eight Indiana breweries were medal winners at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Touted as "the premier U.S. beer festival and competition," the Brewers Association event this year included 800 breweries. Ten beer varieties made in Indiana received medals this year from beer makers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Fishers and Bargersville. Hoosier winners include...

  • Spero Senior Scientist Ian Klein says the funding will allow the company to "further prepare for commercialization."

    Spero Energy Lands Federal Funding

    West Lafayette-based bio-chemical company Spero Energy Inc. has received a $100,000 grant to advance biobased products for the agricultural sector. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support work on molecules used to more efficiently deliver micronutrients to a variety of crops. Spero developed a series of those molecules, or chelates, in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. The company says the technology can help increase crop production and yields...
  • (Image courtesy of the U.S. Senate)

    Senate Confirms Ted McKinney For New USDA Role

    Indiana Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney has been confirmed for a newly-created position within the Trump administration. Ted McKinney will serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says McKinney will "wake up every morning seeking to sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets." During a Senate confirmation hearing last month, McKinney...

  • Fishers-based Fuzic is one of the award winners.

    Centric Names Innovation Award Winners

    Indianapolis-based Centric Inc. has announced the winners of the 2017 Indiana Innovation Awards. The honors are presented to individuals and organizations "who are successfully leading the innovation charge in our state," according to the think tank.

  • (Image courtesy of R Fred Innovations LLC)

    Wine Preserving Technology Launched by Purdue Grad

    A Purdue University graduate has developed technology he says can keep wine fresh for days even in an open bottle. ArT Wine Preserver is a creation of Chicago-based R Fred Innovations LLC founder Ryan Frederickson that uses contained argon to prevent oxidation, which causes wine to spoil. He says $1 billion to $2 billion worth of wine is estimated to be thrown away each year in the U.S. During The INnovators with Dr. K on Inside INdiana Business Television, Fredrickson said...

  • (Rendering of The Yard concept provided by the city of Fishers.)

    Demo Work Kicks Off at 'The Yard' in Fishers

    Site demolition is underway at what will become The Yard, a $40 million food and entertainment district in Fishers. Plans call for up to 14 restaurants, a culinary accelerator, central gathering space and a hotel. During an interview last month with Inside INdiana Business, Mayor Scott Fadness discussed how the development can help attract business. Thompson Thrift Retail Group in Indianapolis says it is tearing down 21 homes in the former Springdale Estates neighborhood to make way.

  • (Image of Sue McCloskey courtesy of fairlife LLC)

    Fair Oaks Co-Founder Among 'Awesome Women'

    Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana and Chicago-based fairlife LLC co-founder Sue McCloskey is being recognized by a national publication. Good Housekeeping has named McCloskey one of its Awesome Women Award winners. The honor, the publication says, goes to "creators, visionaries, helpers and trailblazers." This year's recipients also include Spanx founder Sara Blakely, TriBeCa film festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and actress and entertainer Whoopi Goldberg.

  • Pre-merger, DowDuPont Executive Chairman Andrew Liveris (pictured left) was the Dow Chemical Co. CEO. DowDuPont CEO Edward Breen was CEO of DuPont before what the companies tabbed a merger of equals.

    DowDuPont Details Post-Merger 'Targeted Adjustments'

    The newly-merged DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) has detailed several changes to two of the three planned spin-out companies that will emerge from the $130 billion combination. The agriculture-focused spin-out, which will be headquartered in Delaware and have a global business center at the current Dow AgroSciences LLC HQ in Indianapolis, is not expected to be affected by what the company calls "targeted adjustments."

  • (Image courtesy of Matt Tanaka, Matt Tanaka Marketing)

    Upland Brewing Searching For Next President

    The president of the state's third-largest brewery is stepping down. Upland Brewing Co. says Doug Dayhoff, who has been with the Bloomington-based business for more than 10 years, will give up day-to-day responsibilities, but "continue to support key initiatives" through year's end. Dayhoff is a part owner of Upland and came to the company when it was a brew pub. It now has a national footprint and produces over 50 beers per year, with locations in...

  • (Image courtesy of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana.)

    CEO Updates $2.8B Fertilizer Project

    The chief executive officer of Midwest Fertilizer Co. LLC has updated the progress of the "world-scale" nitrogen fertilizer plant in Posey County. In an interview posted by the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Les Wright says final financial and construction considerations remaining for the project are on pace to be complete in the second quarter of next year. He says the company is "putting the final touches" on its construction contract and...

  • (Image courtesy of Cardinal Spirits) Jeff Wuslich serves as president of the Indiana Distillers Guild and is a co-founder of Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington.

    Distillers Seeking Larger Presence

    An organization that supports the burgeoning craft distillery industry in the state has announced two steps forward in its advocacy efforts. The Indiana Distillers Guild has issued a Request for Proposals for lobbying services at the Indiana Statehouse and is launching its inaugural event: the Craft Distillers Festival September 30 at the Circle City Industrial Complex in Indianapolis. The guild currently includes 17 distilleries in 11 Hoosier communities.

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

    Dow, Dupont Close $130B Merger

    DuPont (NYSE: DD) and The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) have officially closed their $130 billion merger. The combined company, DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), will now begin work on spinning out into three, independently-traded entities. DowDuPont Executive Chairman Andrew Liveris calls the closing "a significant milestone in the storied histories of our two companies."

  • David Broecker (left) will be succeeded as CEO by Rainer Fischer (pictured right) in October.

    David Broecker to Step Aside as IBRI CEO

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis has named its next chief executive officer. Rainer Fischer will continue to serve as chief scientific and innovation officer and succeed David Broecker as CEO October 1. Broecker, the IBRI's founding CEO, will stay on as an advisor to the institute. Fischer came to the IBRI last year and in a Perspectives piece for Inside INdiana Business last October, Broecker praised Fischer as a "superstar scientist."

  • (Image of honey bees courtesy of The Bee Corp.)

    Funding For The Bee Corp. Could Broaden Its Focus

    A high-tech company creating a name for itself in a traditionally low-tech space has received backing from some big names on the Indiana venture capital scene. Bloomington-based The Bee Corp., which develops software to help beekeepers monitor the inner workings for their hives, has secured a Series A round of funding led by Jane Martin, general partner at Village Ventures, who was also joined by Indianapolis-based High Alpha Ventures Managing Partner Scott Dorsey, Elevate Ventures.

  • Julie Anderson (pictured left) and Michael Needler Jr. (pictured right) are owners of Generative Growth II.

    Some Former Marsh Stores to Carry Needler's Banner

    The 11 Indiana Marsh Supermarket locations acquired by Ohio-based Generative Growth II LLC will have a new name. Owners Michael Needler Jr. and Julie Anderson say the Needler's Fresh Market brand will be used for all of its stores in Indiana and three stores in Ohio. Its Van Wert, Ohio location will be called Chief Supermarket, an established brand in the area managed by Generative Growth-owned Fresh Encounter Inc.

  • (Image courtesy of Dow AgroSciences LLC)

    Dow Agro Ramps Up Development Partnership

    Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC and TeselaGen Biotechnology Inc. in San Francisco are expanding a research collaboration. The companies say the new phase of the partnership ramps up work on a design platform designed to speed up discovery work. Dow Agro and TeselaGen say the current collaboration, which began in 2016, "yielded significant results" in developing a design platform which they say have helped scientists increase the flow of potential discovery.

  • (Image of The Finish Line's Urban Farm courtesy of the city of Indianapolis.)

    Finish Line Debuts On-Campus Farm

    Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) has marked the opening of a 7.3-acre farm on its corporate campus on the city's east side. The athletics retailer says the farm is one of the largest in an urban setting in the state. The farm is a collaboration with Greenfield-based Brandywine Creek Farms and will produce cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and zucchini and include space for 250,000 bees.

  • Sonny Ramaswamy will be one of the featured speakers. (photo courtesy AgriNovus Indiana)

    Lineup Announced For Agbiosciences Summit

    Indiana's agbiosciences initiative has announced the schedule for the 2017 Indiana Agbiosciences Innovation Summit in November. AgriNovus Indiana says one of the featured speakers will be Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

  • Indiana State Fair Draws over 900K

    This year's Indiana State Fair attracted nearly 907,000 attendees. The figure represents a 24 percent increase over last year and is the sixth-highest attendance total in the event's history. The 17-day fair featured the theme "The Wonderful World of Food," offering what Executive Director Cindy Hoye says is the opportunity "to highlight Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers throughout the state."

  • 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 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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      Florida-based ISOFlex Packaging will Tuesday celebrate the opening of a third production line at its facility in Daviess County. The company, which produces specialty plastic films and bags, will add a small number of jobs as a result. The company has invested more than $4 million into the new production line. The facility originally opened in 2014 following a $25 million investment by Alliance Barrier Films, which was acquired by ISOFlex in January.

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      The England-based manufacturer of a car billed as the fastest street-legal vehicle on the road has selected the Discovery Park District at Purdue University for a showroom and assembly facility. Keating Supercars LLC will produce its first model to be sold in the U.S., the Viperia Berus coupe, which is capable of reaching speeds greater than 230 miles-per-hour. The company is slated to cut the ribbon on the showroom late next month and eventually ramp up production at Purdue to...

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      What Does Vectren Merger Mean?

      A utility industry observer says he does not think the planned $6 billion merger of Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) and CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) will have a major impact in Indiana. Doug Gotham, who serves as director of the State Utility Forecasting Group at Purdue University, also says he is not aware of any recent mergers that have been shut down by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a key hurdle that remains to be cleared. CenterPoint says plans...

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      New Name, First Contract For Defense Tech-Focused Institute

      Indiana Innovation Institute, formerly known as the Applied Research Institute, is kicking off a rebranding with the announcement of its first contract. The $2.3 million trusted microelectronics collaboration with Purdue University also includes researchers and personnel from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The work involves rapid development of counterfeit-resistant technology that is immune to global attacks.