• (Rendering courtesy of the city of Fishers.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of Italpollina)

    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...

  • (photo courtesy Aggressively Organic)

    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. 

  • (photo courtesy North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association Inc.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of the USDA.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of Second Helpings Inc.)

    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.

  • (Image courtesy of The Golden on Facebook.)

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    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.

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    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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      The chief executive officer from one of the country's foremost biofuel trade associations, says the ethanol industry is a "big part" of the state's economy. Indiana is the nation's fifth largest producer of ethanol, a renewable, earth-friendly biofuel made from feedstock, primarily corn. Inside INdiana Business talks to Growth Energy Chief Executive Officer Emily Skor about the economic and environmental benefits of using ethanol fuel. 

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      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.

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      Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

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      Nestlé USA has unveiled plans to invest nearly $80 million into its Anderson operations. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the company will purchase new equipment for the facility and add 30 jobs.

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      The first-ever State of Sports address from the president of the Indiana Sports Corp. included a major fundraising announcement. Ryan Vaughn says the new Indy Championships Fund will push to raise $25 million to support a four-year stretch of major events that ISC says will be "unlike anything Indianapolis has enjoyed in the past." The organization says events during that time are expected to deliver a $670 million economic impact.

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