Archive for February, 2014

What’s In the New Farm Bill?

ARC – PLC – What do these acronyms mean, and how will it affect farm program payments? It’s too soon for official guidance from the FSA folks, but if you would like to get a head start on learning about the new farm bill and how it might affect you, check out the information and links below from Kansas State and Farm Doc Daily – through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign:

K-State Research and Extension: Calculations of new ARC and PLC Payments

2014 Crop Safety Net Decision: Key Considerations

Evaluating Commodity Program Choices in the New Farm Bill

Crop Insurance America:  Just the Fact about Crop Insurance and the New Farm Bill

February 22, 2014 | Education and Resources | No Comments »

Carroll County Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet – March 3

2009 Miss America Katie Stam Irk - Special Guest

Please join us on Monday, March 3th* at the Delphi United Methodist Church for the induction ceremony of the 2014 Class to the Carroll County Agriculture Hall of Fame. Please join us in welcoming this year’s recipients, Rhonda Hicks and Carroll County Tire.

The evening will kick off at 6:00 PM with a delicious meal and all the trimmings prepared by The Delphi United Methodist Women. The CCAA will conduct the business meeting.

Our featured speaker is Katie Stam Irk, 2009 Miss America, sponsored by Midwest Ag Finance.

CCAA will be awarding Scholarships to two outstanding High School Seniors and two college students will be receiving their Scholarship money from the previous year.

It will be a great evening of food and fellowship. Tickets are $10.00 each. To reserve your seats for the banquet, please clip and mail your money to the CCAA before March 1.

Again this year, we are asking for your generous support for the Carroll County 4-H Exhibit Board, which now receives very little County funding for the Fair.  With your help, we hope to give $2,500 to the Exhibit Board with your donations and by accepting donations in lieu of door prizes for the Annual Meeting.  This will allow the Ag Association to sponsor a full day of the Carroll County 4-H Fair. If you would like to contribute to the CCAA Day sponsorship, please complete the form on the next page.

Don’t forget to send in your membership dues along with the banquet reservations.  If you aren’t a member, please consider joining us.  Members are included on the email distribution network to get information and the opportunity to participate in the many activities, educational programs, and community events.

NOTE:  In the event of bad weather, the snow date will be March 10.  If canceled, noticed will be sent via the CCAA email distribution list.

Download and send in your reservation today! 2014 Membership Form-4H Support-Annual Meeting

February 15, 2014 | Event | No Comments »

New EQIP Guidlines – Applications Due February 21

Guidelines and practice details for the 2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) have been released.  They can be found on the Indiana NRCS website at:

EQIP Guidelines

Some practices are only available in certain watersheds.  Attached is an edited version of the details that excludes practices not available in Carroll County.  Please note that many of the eligible practices have additional requirements and restrictions.

2014 EQIP Eligible Carroll County Practice Details

Applications that are filed by February 21 will be considered for funding in 2014.

For more information, contact Joe O’Donnell at the NRCS office at (765) 564-2843, extension 3.

February 15, 2014 | Education and Resources | No Comments »

Rotary Ag Day – February 25, 2014

The Delphi Rotary Club cordially invites local farmers to its annual Farmers Day Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at noon at the Delphi United Methodist Church.

This year’s speaker will be Scott Odle of Spectrum Premium Genetics. Scott will be speaking about the benefits of non-GMO corn Hybrids.

Reservations not required, but would be appreciated. Please direct any inquiries to Eric Ross at 765-564-3000

February 14, 2014 | Education and Event | No Comments »

Carroll County Zoning Update V 2.0 – Hearing February 25

The Area Plan Commission made their final changes to the proposed Carroll County Zoning ordinance at their meeting on November 26.  They will be ready to formally consider and make a recommendation to the Carroll County Commissioners at their February 25 meeting and public hearing at 7:00 pm at the Carroll County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom (Third Floor).

The proposed Zoning Ordinance is complete update to the original 1972 Zoning Ordinance that saw few changes over the past 40 years.  It streamlines the language of the Ordinance, adds a Table of Uses for easy reference, and adds a Rural Residential district to encourage residential development away from prime farmland and to protect rural residential homes from intensive agriculture uses.

Farmers are encouraged to attend this hearing to hear information and share comments about the proposed zoning ordinance.  Because the Rural Residential District is a new element to the Zoning Ordinance, and because of general misinformation about agriculture and the impact on residential development, it is important that agriculture interests are represented at this meeting.

The entire proposed Ordinance, plus the Table of Uses, Airport Overlay Maps and Revised Zoning Map is available on the Carroll County Zoning website (click for link).  The document can be downloaded and printed from your home computer, or you can purchase a copy from Q Graphics in Delphi for less than $30.

February 14, 2014 | Education and Issues and News | No Comments »

Annie’s Project – Farm Women’s Workshop

Annie’s Project is a 6 week course designed especially for farm women. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, and computer training. Annie’s Project strives to help farm women gain the understanding and knowledge necessary to be active and involved farm partners. Annie’s Project will also help women find new ways to balance the demands of family, community and professionalism within the Ag community.

Annie’s Project is a comprehensive educational program and support network for Midwestern farm women designed to:

  • (1) Deliver technology training to farm women, enhancing their business skills
  • (2) Develop a support network, which is essential for continuing education and self-help.

Program Schedule includes 6 sessions, each with a different focus.  Registration is $75 and includes handouts, refreshments, and resource materials.  Deadline for registration is February 20.

Download more information about the program and registration here:  Carroll Cass Howard 2014 AP Brochure

February 13, 2014 | Education and Resources | No Comments »

Soil Conservation Workshop – February 13

Carroll and White County Extension Offices are co-sponsoring a Soil Conservation Workshop on Thursday, February 13 at the 4H Community Building, White County Fairgrounds, Reynolds.

The program starts at 8:30 and concludes by noon.

This morning program will focus on Cover Crops, Principals of Soil Health, and Soil Health Strategies for a Corn Soybean System.

Download the flyer for more details and contact information:


February 08, 2014 | Education and Resources | No Comments »

2014 North Central Cow-Calf Workshop

Date:  February 14, 2014

Time:  8:30 – 11:30 am

Location:  Stony Pike Livestock Auction in Logansport

Sponsored by:  Purdue University Extension Service in Cass and Carroll Counties.

This educational workshop is geared to help beef producers improve their operations.

Register today by calling the Cass County Cooperative Extension Office at (574) 753-7750.

Agenda and more information available through the flyer:


February 08, 2014 | Education | No Comments »

Indiana Pork – Regional Meeting in Flora on February 14

Indiana Pork will host a series of regional meetings throughout the state for pork producers.

During the meeting, Indiana Pork staff will update attendees on activities at the association as well as local, state and federal legislative issues. There will be ample time for question and answer as well.

On February 14, a regional meeting will be hosted at the Flora Family Restaurant at noon, and lunch will be provided by Indiana Pork.

Please contact Ben Wicker at Email or call the Indiana Pork Office at 317-872-7500.  Walk-ins are welcome

February 05, 2014 | Education and Resources | No Comments »