Senior Expo – September 17

Senior Expo

September 16, 2015 | Education and Event | Comments Off on Senior Expo – September 17

My American Farm – on-line Ag games for kids!

SteaksAreHighThe American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has a set of on-line games that teach agricultural literacy to kids (of all ages!). Players learn where food comes from and how those products get from the farm to the dinner plate.

Games range from Pre-K to Grade 5-6 and cover math, science, social sciences, and language arts.

Check it out here:

September 09, 2015 | News | Comments Off on My American Farm – on-line Ag games for kids!

2015 Indiana Logistics Summit – September 22nd!

The 13th annual Indiana Logistics Summit will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

2Dr. Michael McCloskey, one of the founding farmers of Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana’s famous agritourism attraction which is comprised of some of the nation’s largest dairies, and CEO of Select Milk Producers, the fifth largest milk cooperative in the country, will provide the keynote address. McCloskey’s presentation titled “From Grass to Glass Logistics” will kick off the daylong conference at the keynote breakfast in the Indiana Convention Center. Fair Oaks Farms leader to discuss new Coca-Cola partnership.

For more information, check out the Indiana Logistics (E-Newsletter) information here:


September 09, 2015 | Event | Comments Off on 2015 Indiana Logistics Summit – September 22nd!

Monsanto – America’s Farmers Grow Communities 2015

Americas Farmers Grwo indexIt’s that time of year again! Time to enroll for America’s Farmers Grow Communities. This program offers the chance to direct $2,500 toward your favorite local nonprofit organization.  Across rural America, farmers like you will help direct $3.3 million dollars to nonprofits in 2016.

To enroll, click here. If you prefer to enroll via phone, call us toll-free at 877-267-3332.

Don’t wait, you only have until November 30 to get involved.

Since 2010, Grow Communities has helped farmers invest more than $19 million to 7,000 nonprofit organizations. Groups that received funding in the past include fire departments, food pantries, community groups, and youth service programs like FFA and 4-H.

For official rules and a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit

Previous Carroll County Winners:

2015 – Democrat Township Volunteer Fire Department

2014 – Carroll Elementary School Athletic Program

2013 – Carroll County 4H Program

2012 – Democrat Volunteer Fire Department

2011 – Flora Youth Baseball

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August 30, 2015 | Event | Comments Off on Monsanto – America’s Farmers Grow Communities 2015

Indiana Bacon Festival – Delphi – August 29 – 11 am – 10 pm

Join the Carroll Count Ag Association at the 2nd Indiana Bacon Festival in downtown Delphi on Saturday, August 29.  Carroll County Ag Association Members will be cooking vast quantities of tasty Indiana Kitchen Bacon.  Stop by the CCAA booth and try the featured namesake food of the Indiana Bacon Festival!

Click on the logo below for more information about the food – the entertainment – and the FUN at the Indiana Bacon Festival.  See you, there!

Indiana Bacon Festival

August 24, 2015 | Event | Comments Off on Indiana Bacon Festival – Delphi – August 29 – 11 am – 10 pm

Workshop – September 1 – Conservation Practices to Improve Your Bottom Line

Join the sponsors (listed below) for a workshop for Producers – developed by Producers – to improve your bottom line with conservation practices.

  • Date:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • Time:  7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location:  Wayne Mast Farm, 2123 E 400 N, Kokomo, IN  46901

Agenda includes:

  • How a 2 Stage Ditch can Work for You – presented by Brian Renbarger
  • Getting Every Dollar out of Your Nutrients – presented by Steve Nichols
  • How Precision Application can be a Cost-Savings – presented by Kerry Nielson
  • How All This Relates to your Operation – presented by Stan Ortman
  • With time for questions and networking.

Reservations encouraged by not required.  Call Kristen Clason at 765-461-6589

More information at the flyer:  2015 2 Stage Ditch Workshop Agenda

Sponsored by:


August 24, 2015 | Education and News | Comments Off on Workshop – September 1 – Conservation Practices to Improve Your Bottom Line

Emerging Ag Technology and Soil Health Workshop – August 26

The Clinton County SWCD, in partnership with the Greater Wabash River Resource Conservation and Development Council, will be co-hosting a regional Soil Health Workshop at the Tippecanoe County 4H Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 8:30am-3:00pm.  Speakers from across the Midwest will be on hand to discuss current soil health topics and precision ag technologies.

Speakers will include Indiana no-till farmer Mike Starkey, IUPUI researcher Bob Barr, USDA-NRCS Northwest Area Resource Soil Scientist Mike Wigginton, Beck’s Adviser Jim Love, and VP of Analytics at AgSolver Inc. Dr. David Muth.

Topics will include:

  • Practical Conservation Cropping Systems,
  • Agriculture Edge-of-Field Water Monitoring,
  • Advanced Soil Tests – Beyond N-P-K,
  • Drones for Practical Farm Research, and
  • Precision Profitability Mapping for Enhanced Conservation Cropping.

Folks interested in attending should RSVP to their local Soil and Water Conservation (Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Howard, & Tippecanoe Counties).

More info in the flyer:  Emerging Ag Flyer final


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August 12, 2015 | Education and Event | Comments Off on Emerging Ag Technology and Soil Health Workshop – August 26

Carroll County Farmers as Urban Models

The Indiana State Fair theme is “Year of the Farmer.” An Indiana-based company which features Indiana products features two Carroll County farmers as models on their website.

Check out Carroll County Farmers Maurice Robeson and Benjamin Pickens as they model United State of Indiana attire just in time for the Indiana State Fair.


Photo credit: Caitlin Pickens, USI



Photo Credit: Caitlin Pickens, USI



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(Editor note:  Yes, this is a shameless plug, but since the Editor is the daughter and mother to the models, your indulgence is appreciated)

August 12, 2015 | Events | Comments Off on Carroll County Farmers as Urban Models

Indiana State Fair – The Year of the Farmer!


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August 11, 2015 | Event | Comments Off on Indiana State Fair – The Year of the Farmer!

School is Starting – Time to Cut Corners!

Normally, “cutting corners” is not a good thing – you think of shoddy workmanship, inferior parts, and a rush to complete a project.  In this case, Cutting Corners is a “Good Thing” for school safety.  Cutting back corn corners helps with visibility for buses and other travelers.

The Carroll County Sheriff encourages farmers to cut corners.  “As a person that has worked hundreds of traffic crashes I have worked some where the drivers view has been obstructed by something. I have also seen where farmers are getting crops so close to the roadway that they may actually be planting a row or two on county right of way. I have seen intersections were you have to get the front end of your car in the intersection to see if traffic is approaching. This is a recipe for disaster.  As citizens of Carroll County we all have a responsibility to make our travels on the roadways as safe as possible. If there is an intersection with a view obstruction that can be made safer by cutting back crops or vegetation, then we are obligated to our fellow citizens to take the corrective actions.”

Look at the “before” and “after” pictures, below, to see the difference made when the corn is cut back from the corners.  Even on a bus, where the driver has higher clearance, it make a substantial difference in visibility – both to the bus driver and to oncoming traffic.

August 07, 2015 | Education and News | No Comments »

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