Ag-tech startup Athian secures $5M funding round

Ag-tech startup Athian expects to close a $5 million round of seed funding by the end of the month. Athian also expects this month to begin beta testing its first software product—a platform to help dairy farmers measure, verify and monetize their carbon-reduction efforts. ... Read More

Corteva unveils new hybrid seed to produce renewable fuels

Indianapolis-based Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) is collaborating with agribusiness company Bunge Ltd. (NYSE: BG) and Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) to produce renewable fuels from canola crops. They unveiled a proprietary winter canola hybrid, developed by Corteva, that can be grown as a cover crop, after soybeans are harvested.... Read More

Study: Growth in Indiana agbioscience sector exceeding goals

The results of a new study commissioned by AgriNovus Indiana, an initiative to grow the state’s agbioscience economy, show the economic impact of the agbioscience sector has undergone substantial growth in recent years. “Extraordinary. Historic, by definition,” touted Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus. ... Read More

Indiana woodworking sector ranked nationally

Jasper-based MasterBrand Cabinets is the highest-ranked Hoosier company, coming in No. 3 overall. FDMC says the company generated an estimated $3.3 billion in 2022 sales volume. System-wide, it employs 14,000 people and operates 20 plants throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Five of the plants are in Indiana.... Read More

Farmer confidence shrinks ahead of planting season

The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Index dipped five points in February as farmers expressed concern about higher costs for the upcoming planting season, shrinking confidence in future growth of U.S. agricultural exports, and weakening farmland values. ... Read More

Indiana preservationists seek historic barns

Many rustic barns that symbolize Indiana’s agrarian roots are falling into disrepair, but for those structures still standing, it’s time to salute their longevity. Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau are seeking nominations for the 2023 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. ... Read More

New ISDA chief discusses farmland-economic development debate

The newly-named director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture says disappearing farmland as a result of economic development can be a difficult conversation. Some see the sale of farmland as a loss of heritage, while others see the potential upside, such as job creation. Don Lamb, who is a second-generation farmer from Boone County, says having those discussions is essential.... Read More

Soybean alliance to provide ag curriculum to teachers

The Indiana Soybean Alliance says a new partnership with Illinois-based nonprofit Cutting Edge Curriculum will help Indiana’s middle-school teachers teach agriculture. Cutting Edge developed a variety of online, educational programs in a variety of fields, such as ag education, family and consumer sciences, and industrial technology.... Read More

MPS Egg Farms acquires Georgia egg operation

A sixth-generation family egg producer in northeast Indiana is continuing with its growth plans. MPS Egg Farms, based in North Manchester, has acquired Country Charm Eggs in Georgia, marking the company's first foray into the southeastern U.S. ... Read More

Purdue receives $10M grant to explore aquaponics

Purdue University has announced plans to construct a pilot-scale aquaponics system on campus to produce tilapia and lettuce. The university has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help cover some of the costs.... Read More

Purdue study: Food spending habits curtailed

The results of a monthly survey conducted by the Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability show food costs are up 19% from a year ago. However, the Consumer Food Insights Report shows shoppers are taking steps to keep their food budgets in check... Read More

Big boost in Indiana farmland values

Indiana farmland values had the biggest one-year increase than any Midwestern state in 2022, according to the latest report from the Seventh Federal Reserve Bank district in Chicago. The quarterly report reveals good quality farmland in the Hoosier State jumped 23% higher compared to Jan. 1, 2022.... Read More

New Indy airport restaurants highlights Indiana Grown

Travelers at the Indianapolis International Airport can now taste some Hoosier-grown foods as they wait to catch a flight. The Farmers’ Market restaurant opened Tuesday in Concourse B. It serves a menu of foods made from ingredients grown and produced by 60 members of the Indiana Grown initiative.... Read More

Farmer economic outlook shows slight gain

Farmers entered 2023 with a slightly more positive outlook of the economy, according to recent results from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose four points above the December outlook to a reading of 130. ... Read More

Soybean research endowed chair named

Purdue agronomy professor Jianxin Ma has been named the first Indiana Soybean Alliance Endowed Chair in Soybean Improvement. The alliance says it established the chair to advance soybean research in areas, such as genome editing and phenotyping.... Read More