Women Farmland Owners Event June 3, 2015 Burlington, IN

Women who oWFAN-Logo_RGBwn or manage Indiana farmland are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on June 3 at the Burlington Community Center (425 East 5th Street, Burlington, IN 46915).

“With women now owning or co-owning nearly half of the farmland in the Midwest,” said Jennifer Filipak, natural resources conservationist for the American Farmland Trust, “our goal is to connect these women with the conservation resources they need to make sound management decisions.”

Women Caring for the LandSM meetings bring together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format for a women-only morning discussion followed by a more in-depth look at two or three topics of high interest.  Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources.  “We had a great meeting on soil health in Russiaville last year,” remarked Leah Harden with the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, “This year we’ll include a discussion on creative leasing arrangements and how to begin the conversation with your tenant farmer about conservation practices.”

Following lunch, local conservationists will lead a bus tour to view conservation practices on the ground.  Topics for discussion range from soil health and water quality, wildlife management and government cost-share programs, to how to talk with tenants about management practices.  The meeting is presented in partnership with the Women Food and Agriculture Network, who pioneered the program in Iowa.  “We continually hear from women how grateful they are for a women-only learning environment,” commented Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women Food and Agriculture Network, “and they tell us that they are able to discuss issues that they wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing up in any other setting.”

On June 3, coffee and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9.  A free lunch is provided.  The program will end with refreshments at 3 p.m.

RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, to the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District by emailing Leah Harden at Leah.Harden@in.nacdnet.net, or by calling (765) 659 1223, ext. 3. If you need accommodations, please notify Leah when you RSVP.

This session of Women Caring for the LandSM is sponsored by American Farmland Trust in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Howard, Clinton and Tipton Counties. We are grateful for funding support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Foundation.

More information can be found at http://womencaringfortheland.org/indiana/

May 22, 2015 | News | Comments Off on Women Farmland Owners Event June 3, 2015 Burlington, IN

2015 Clean Sweep Dates

Office of Indiana State Chemist LogoAn Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) is being sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC), with support from the U.S. EPA.

This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2.00 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity for you to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.

Download the materials here:



May 20, 2015 | Education and Event | Comments Off on 2015 Clean Sweep Dates

Listening Session – Swine Insurance – March 26

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has contracted with Agralytica, a food and agriculture consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia, to assess the likelihood of successfully developing an insurance plan for a catastrophic swine disease event, and to recommend the type of insurance plan that would provide protection to meet the needs of producers.  The feasibility study is required by The Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill.

Event Details, below.Pig Insurance

Thursday March 26 – 10:00 am – Noon.
Wabash & Erie Canal Center
1030 N. Washington Street
Delphi, IN 46923
Phone: 765-564-2870

For more information and for further contact details, download the information sheet:  Swine disease insurance listening session – IN

March 24, 2015 | Education and Issues and News | Comments Off on Listening Session – Swine Insurance – March 26

Nominations Being Accepted! America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

APF_1600x525America’s pig farmers represent the very best in agriculture. The National Pork Board created the America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSMaward in order to recognize the best of the best in pig farming.

This prestigious honor will be awarded annually to the pig farmer who best demonstrates and lives by the We CareSM ethical principles. Is that you or someone you know? The National Pork Board is now accepting nominations. Make yours today!

Deadline is May 15 for submitting nominations.

Nominate a pig farmer here:  America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Nomination Link.

March 23, 2015 | Events and News and Resources | Comments Off on Nominations Being Accepted! America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

American Farmers Grow Communities Award

Brenton Peters was drawn for the 2015 Mosanto’s American Farmers Grow Communites Award. He chose the Cutler Fire dept as the recipient of the $2500 reward. Brenton thought it would go a long way for our their small department. (Way to go Brenton and Congratulations to Cutler Fire Dept!)
Brenton Peters - Cutler VFD - MAFGC Award 2015

March 23, 2015 | News | Comments Off on American Farmers Grow Communities Award

CCAA Annual Meeting March 9

Download reservation form here:  2015 Membership Form-4H Support-Annual Meeting

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February 24, 2015 | Event | Comments Off on CCAA Annual Meeting March 9

CCAA Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet

CCAA Annual meeting LogoYou are invited to the Carroll County Agriculture Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet!

When:  Monday, March 9

Time:  6:00 pm

Place:  Delphi United Methodist Church

Featuring:  Ted McKinney the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Join us for a great meal and fellowship, listen to a terrific speaker, and help us honor our

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Marianne Ash
  • Steve Keown
  • The Andersons

You are also invited to renew or submit your membership to the CCAA, and we are taking donations in support of CCAA Day at the Carroll County 4H Fair.

Reservations due March 6.

Everything you need to know is available here: 2015 Membership Form-4H Support-Annual Meeting

February 16, 2015 | Event and News | Comments Off on CCAA Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet

CWREMC – PowerMoves Rebate and Grant Program

CWREMC imagesCarroll White REMC will be hosting three meetings focused on money-saving incentives available to members.  REMC will discuss the PowerMoves incentive programs.  Specifically designed for agriculture members, there are REAP grants available, as well as farm energy audits.  Carroll White REMC also has member rebates.

“With rising energy costs, rebates, incentives, and grants are a very important tool to be utilized by people in order to save on their monthly bottom line,” said Peg Minnicus, Member Relations Advisor.  “We have many incentives and rebates that our members can benefit from, and we are hopeful to educate and teach our members about how to access these programs.”

The three member meetings will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Meetings are scheduled on Tuesday February 24 at the White County Fairgrounds in Reynolds; Wednesday February 25 at the Pulaski County Highway Garage in Winamac; and Thursday February 26 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Flora.

If members have any questions about the meetings, contact the Carroll White REMC office at (800) 844-7161.

Download more information:

Rebate press release February 12 2015

February 16, 2015 | Education and Event and Resources | Comments Off on CWREMC – PowerMoves Rebate and Grant Program

Soil Conservation Workshop February 25

SWCD ReformatWhite County – Carroll County Soil Conservation half-day Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the Canal Interpretive Center in Delphi.  Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Agenda includes:

  • Understanding and Reading Your Soils Health Report, presented by Mike Wigginton, Resource Soi Scientist, NRCS and Kerry Smith, District Conservationist, Howard and Tipton County
  • Spring Tillage Options Following a Wet Fall, presented by Tony Vyn, Purdue Extension Specialist, Cropping Systems
  • Ways to Minimize Phosphorous Loss, presented by Brad Joern, Purdue Extension Specialist, Nutrient Management

Please call your SWCD office to register.  Carroll County SWCD Office Number:  765-564-4880 Ext. 3

Download the brochure:  2015BiCoSoilConWorkshop

February 16, 2015 | Education | Comments Off on Soil Conservation Workshop February 25

Carroll County FSA – News from the Executive Director

udsa-fsaTime is Running Out!

Have you come to see us yet about your bases and yields? We are down to about 2 weeks until the deadline to update your farm records! (We are closed on Monday, February 16th for Presidents Day.)

The deadline is February 27th to update your yields and to take a look at your two choices for base acres.  Your landowners will need to sign these updates (or you can sign if you have Power of Attorney) and get their forms back to our office by the February 27th deadline.  There is no talk of extending the deadline so if you plan to update your farm records, call us as soon as possible!

There is a little homework to do before your appointment so make sure you contact Morgan (morgan.thornburg@in.usda.gov) or Melanie (melanie.d.campbell@in.usda.gov) for more information.

February 16, 2015 | Issues and News and Resources | Comments Off on Carroll County FSA – News from the Executive Director

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