Don’t Forget to Vote in the Primary Election!

The 2016 Primary Election is significant for both local and state/national politics.  Be sure YOUR vote counts!  Below are the candidates for County Office.  Consider carefully which candidate will better serve our county and Carroll County agriculture.

Vote Carroll County Candidates

April 28, 2016 | Issues | Comments Off on Don’t Forget to Vote in the Primary Election!

It’s Earth Day – Thank a Farmer!

Earth Day Thank A Farmer

Earth Day Every Day for a Farmer

April 22, 2016 | Education and Issues | Comments Off on It’s Earth Day – Thank a Farmer!

Dining with Diabetes Cooking School

ChefDo you want to learn how to manage your type 2 diabetes through what you eat? Come to our 5 session cooking school.

Purdue Extension – Carroll County and Purdue School of Nursing – Public Health will be offering “Dining with Diabetes Cooking School and Education Information Sessions” beginning April 1 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the 4-H Building in Flora. The Dining with Diabetes program is designed for those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers. The session dates are: April 1; April 8; April 15; and April 22.  A follow-up session will be held May 20th.

During the sessions, you will learn to cook with sweeteners and with less fat and sodium. You will receive a notebook with educational information and recipes. Plus, each time you will prepare and taste an entire meal including an appetizer and dessert.

To pre-register, call Purdue Extension – Carroll Co. office at 574-967-3538. Pre-registration is required and ends – March 24, 2016. Class size is limited so sign-up today.

DWD Flyer with Enrollment-4-16

March 17, 2016 | Education and Event | Comments Off on Dining with Diabetes Cooking School

Grand Opening! Wiechman Pig – Delphi

Delphi E-vite

March 16, 2016 | Event | Comments Off on Grand Opening! Wiechman Pig – Delphi

Employer Focus Group – Regional Workforce Needs

ITC_logo_web(1)Our region is experiencing tremendous growth, and the need for a skilled workforce is greater than ever. Many companies have an immediate need for skilled talent, and as the Baby Boomers retire in the years ahead, this need will be compounded.  Indiana’s Technology Corridor, (ITC), our regional economic development group, recognizes that employers in the region are interested in improving the competitiveness of the local workforce to expand the pool of qualified employees, and that collaboration will be key to ensuring a robust talent pipeline for the years ahead. To address this need, we are developing a regional action plan to guide our efforts to attract and retain a skilled workforce.

For this plan to be successful, we will need the input and participation of key employers like you.  ITC has contracted with a third-party firm to help us build this regional workforce attraction and retention action plan. The team is currently focusing on gathering information and research related to regional workforce needs. Their findings will ultimately highlight where we should be focusing talent attraction and retention efforts; what regional assets we should leverage to attract talent; and what strategies we can employ to connect with and recruit a skilled workforce as a community.

As part of the research, the team will host 3 focus group discussions to solicit feedback from area companies regarding talent needs and recruitment strategies. Discussion points will include:

  • What are your company’s greatest needs related to identifying and hiring talent?
  • What are your company’s greatest needs related to skills?
  • How do you currently address recruitment needs?
  • What is your company’s interest in participating in regional talent attraction initiatives?

We hope to see you in attendance at one of the following meetings.  Please register by clicking the link next to the desired date.

 March 31 – Delphi Opera House, Delphi – 11 am – 1 pm March 31 Focus group Delphi Opera House

 March 29 – Purdue Research Park, West Lafayette – 11 am – 1 pm March 29 Focus group Purdue Research Park

Thank you in advance for your willingness to speak to the consulting team and inform the development of our regional workforce attraction and retention action plan.

Kara Webb – Workforce Attraction Regional Team

Laura Walls – Carroll County Economic Development

March 15, 2016 | Education and Event | Comments Off on Employer Focus Group – Regional Workforce Needs

Featured Farmer Needed for IN State Fair

Indiana Pork logoIndiana State Fair is going to continue the Featured Farm Family of the Day at the 2016 Fair, but as the “Year of the Bicentennial,” they are looking for Hoosier Homestead farms.

The Indiana State Fair Board has asked Indiana Pork to identify pork producers that have received the Hoosier Homestead designation (100 + years in the same family).

If your farm has the Hoosier Homestead designation, or if you know of a farm family with the Hoosier Homestead designation and would be interested in being a featured farmer of the day, please let Indiana Pork know!

The Featured Farm Family of the Day at the Indiana State Fair comes with some great opportunities, a chance to ride in the daily afternoon parade, and your family highlighted around the fairgrounds.

For more information, contact Jeanette Merritt at Indiana Pork.

March 15, 2016 | Event | Comments Off on Featured Farmer Needed for IN State Fair

America’s Farm Mom – Nominations Accepted

Americas Farm MomNominate your favorite Farm Mom for her chance to win $10,000!

On the farm, the CEO is generally referred to as mom. And while she doesn’t ask for recognition for everything she does, from driving the combine, to cooking delicious meals to tucking everyone in at night, now’s your chance to thank her.

Click here to nominate your favorite farm mom for the Farm Mom of the Year Contest, and she could win $10,000.

Act NOW – Nominations will be closed March 30, 2016.

March 14, 2016 | News | Comments Off on America’s Farm Mom – Nominations Accepted

State FFA Proficiency Judges Needed!

FFA LogoIndiana FFA NEEDS YOU!

This is a great opportunity for our FFA students both from Carroll and Delphi to be represented in state level competition. If anyone is interested in helping to judge these award areas it would be appreciated.

Proficiency areas are concerned with FFA members agricultural projects. There are over 40 categories some are placement(employment) others are entrepreneurial. Students have to design goals and plans on how to achieve these goals, growth among the years of their project and also accounting of income, expenses, current and non-current inventory, etc. and some are of research nature as well.

This activity is interesting and well worth your time, and it’s very interesting to see what the students are learning.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact:
Melissa Keown, Science
Carroll Jr/Sr High School
2362 E SR 18
Flora, IN 46929

Melissa’s email:  Melissa Keown

March 04, 2016 | Education and Event | Comments Off on State FFA Proficiency Judges Needed!

2016 Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Photos

2016 hof and 2015 event photos from Miriam Robeson

March 04, 2016 | Event | Comments Off on 2016 Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Photos

Managing Risk – Developing a Cash Rent Strategy

Purdue Extension imagesIndiana corn and soybean farmers have seen a sharp decline in gross revenue in 2014 and 2015. This revenue decline is putting pressure on operating margins. Unfortunately, the decline in revenues is not being matched by a decline in costs. This is causing farmers to ask “Should we continue to rent land if I fully expect to lose money?” and “How much of a premium can I pay to hold on to a property hoping for a change in profits?”

Jim Mintert with the Purdue Center for Commercial Ag will help address how to answer these questions by assessing the implications of farming a property at a loss on the working capital of the farm. He will do this by introducing the Long Term Cash Rent tool that is available on the Purdue Center for Commercial Ag website.

Date: March 7
Time: 8:30 registration, Program 9-11 am
Place: Ivy Tech – Logansport
Cost: FREE – But registration is required by Friday, March 4
Register: Call the Cass County Cooperative Extension Office
Call for info and registration:   574-753-7750

Flyer with more information: Long-TermCashRent2016

February 24, 2016 | Education | Comments Off on Managing Risk – Developing a Cash Rent Strategy

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