Ag Innovation Video
Showcase Winners Highlight Variety in Agbiosciences
An ag startup that originated at Purdue University was one of the big winners at Tuesday's Ag+Bio+Science Start-up Showcase in Indianapolis. NutraMaize, which specializes in non-GMO orange corn won the People's Choice award and $2,000 at the event hosted by AgriNovus Indiana. The company's main product, Professor Torbert's Orange Corn, was developed by Purdue agronomy professor Torbert Rocheford and its original purpose was to help alleviate malnutrition in Africa.
Purdue Ag Week
Purdue Ag Week is a tradition that started in 2012, hosted by students and created to engage the campus community in the importance of agriculture. Multiple new events have been added this year to celebrate Purdue’s Sesquicentennial. Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler and Purdue Ag Week Task Force Chairman Dane Voris Chapman are here with highlights of the week.
Anderson 'Perfect Environment' For Italpollina Operation
The head of an Italian agbiosciences company that has established its North American headquarters in Anderson calls Indiana "the perfect environment for business." During a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday on a former General Motors plant site, Italpollina Chief Executive Officer Luca Bonini said his company is already working on a second production phase that could open the door for exports from the Madison County operation.
Forbes Calls Indiana 'Center' of AgTech Scene
Forbes Media Editor-In-Chief Steve Forbes says hosting the ForbesAgTech Summitin Indianapolis for the first time puts the global event at "the center of it all." The event features dozens of entrepreneurs and leaders in the field at all levels from farmers to innovators. When asked why Indianapolis is the right place for the event, Forbes told Inside INdiana Business Mary-Rachel Redman "the question is not why, but why not?"
Rural Broadband at Center of New State Position
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has named Scott Rudd as the state's new director of broadband opportunities. Crouch says Rudd will work closely with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help farmers and farm businesses keep up with advancing technology and help rural communities find ways to attract reliable and affordable high-speed Internet.
Partnership Promoting Ag to Next Generation
Leaders from the Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana have unveiled an initiative designed to expose attendees of the massive annual FFA Convention and Expo to careers and innovation in agriculture. The Blue Room -- a 17,000 square-foot interactive experience -- will focus on experiential learning to help grow the talent pipeline in the sector.
Urban Farm to Bring Opportunities to Ex-Offenders
A soon-to-open nonprofit urban farm on the south side of Indianapolis aims to give formerly-incarcerated women a chance to "craft a future story" while combating the city's food desert issue. Bellfound Farm spans 17 acres and allows young women to run an urban farm while receiving counseling, coaching and business training.
Indiana Grown Puts Members In Spotlight
The Indiana Grown initiative's signature event returned today to downtown Indianapolis. Program Manager Heather Tallman says the Monumental Marketplace has already paid dividends in its two-year history. "We had wineries that met blackberry growers that were able to buy blackberries and then distribution who came here and met different people they could start using in restaurants and grocery stores," said Tallman.
Healthy Hoosier Oil Rethinking Traditional Crops
A sixth-generation farmer in Converse has found a new use for his crops, instead of traditional row crop farming, he’s growing canola and sunflowers to make healthy oil! How Healthy Hoosier Oil is also helping sixth-generation Hunt Family Farms in the process!
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.
Indiana Grown, Eskenazi Health Strike Up Local Food Connection
The associate director of culinary services and business operations 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 look locally to source food. Seth Grant says such partnerships could have a real impact on the Indiana economy, environment and health of Hoosiers.
Ethanol Industry Key Economic Driver in Indiana
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.
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.
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.
'Monumental Marketplace' Celebrates Hoosier Producers
Nearly 100 food and ag-related producers from throughout the state helped celebrate the Indiana Grown initiative's second anniversary today at the first-ever Monumental Marketplace event. Products available ranged from meat, produce and flowers to soap and sunflower oil.
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 major priorities include supporting infrastructure improvement efforts, extending high-speed broadband to all parts of the state and better coordinating ag education standards between educators and the industry.
Huntington University Zeroing in on Ag
Huntington University recently received approval from the Indiana Department of Education to offer an agricultural education degree. The northeast Indiana school also launched its Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies two years ago and broke ground on the Ware Plant Science Production Facility this Spring.
Rebranding Reflects Indiana's IoT Growth
The chief executive officer of Fishers-based ClearObject, formerly known as CloudOne, says its new brand shows the company's focus on what he calls "the biggest thing since anything." John McDonald says the Internet of Things "fundamentally changes absolutely everything," adding IoT impacts everything people do in their daily lives.
FFA CEO Talks Convention's Return to Indianapolis
The National FFA Convention & Expo has returned to downtown Indianapolis for the first time since 2012. National FFA Organization Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschl talks to Inside INdiana Business about the economic impact of the event on the city.
Ag Pioneer Named Life Sciences Champion
An Indiana life sciences leader focused on feeding a growing global population is the winner of the 2016 Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award. Sheridan-based JBS United founder John Swisher was honored today at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit in Indianapolis. Swisher talks to Inside Indiana Business about receiving the honor.
Agribusiness CEO: Future Depends on Tech
The chief executive officer of a northern Indiana crop production, sales and service company believes the only way to feed future generations will be through the use of technology like the Internet of Things. Kip Tom of Tom Farms in Leesburg talks to Inside INdiana Business about the state of IoT in Indiana.
Tech CEO Says Indiana Has Capability to Become ‘Global Leader’ in IoT
The chief executive officer of Fishers-based CloudOne Inc. says Indiana has the potential to be a global leader in the Internet of Things space. John McDonald sits down with Inside INdiana Business to discuss how the state’s top industries, including agriculture, advanced manufacturing and logistics, are especially important to the IoT sector.
Rubicon Agriculture a Part of the Solution for Food Deserts
Greenfield-based Rubicon Agriculture is using hydroponics to grow an acre’s worth of fresh produce inside a 40-foot shipping container. The young company believes its AgroBoxes are the future of produce and a piece of the solution for food deserts.
Purdue Dedicates Phenotyping Facility
A facility that Purdue University officials consider the first of its kind for any university in the nation is now open. The $10 million Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center is located at Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research and Education and is part of the larger Purdue Moves initiative that began in 2013.
2016 ‘Indiana Companies to Watch’
Fourteen businesses state-wide were recognized as the 2016 ‘Indiana Companies to Watch’. Newly appointed Indiana Economic Development Corporation Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Ian Steff talks about the importance of the event to Governor Mike Pence’s $1 billion innovation and entrepreneurship initiative.