Archive for September, 2010
The Carroll FFA is once again offering a FREE Farmer Appreciation Dinner box on Wednesday, October 6, from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinners can be picked up at Co-Alliance in Flora, Remington Seeds and Hog Slat. Meals can also be delivered to the field (please provide directions!)
Contact Steve Keown at 765-427-5651 or via email at this link: Steve Keown email
View the flyer: Farmers Dinner
Reservations are recommended so the FFA can be sure to have enough for everyone.
September 22, 2010 | News | No Comments »
From your Indiana Farm Bureau:
Significant changes have been taking place in environmental regulations over the last few years. Agriculture has been targeted for many of the changes. Regulations on livestock and poultry operations, both the state confined feeding operations regulations and the NPDES permit requirements for CAFOs, have been a main focus of our efforts to ensure that the regulations are fair to our farmers while still being protective of the environment. Under these new regulations, only CAFOs that propose to discharge will be required to obtain an NPDES permit. Most livestock and poultry operations will be able to seek regulatory approval under the state level CFO permit.
In other words, unless you are a CAFO that proposes to discharge, you can request your current CAFO permit will be allowed to revert to a CFO permit. However, the proposed draft regulation will re-define, to some degree, how you operate as a CFO. We have isolated the components that we feel are of primary concern to our producers and have offered some perspective on why this should concern you. Please review these areas of comment and offer your opinion.
Comment Summary is a two-page PDF available here: CFO Draft Rule Producer Comments0910
It is important that all livestock and poultry operations consider the impact of the changes to the confined feeding rules. How new operations are constructed and how all operations are managed and manure is applied will likely see big changes. Our goal, and why your assistance in filing your own comments is requested, is to help ensure that you can continue to operate your farm in an economically feasible manner. For those of you who don’t own livestock, you may wonder how these rule changes will affect you. First, livestock farmers are the biggest customers of corn and soybean farmers. Secondly, and maybe most importantly, is that these regulations put into place practices and standards that can be easily translated to all farming operations where nutrients are applied.
Whether you choose to submit comments is up to you. But either way, please consider the impact that the changes will have on agricultural production.
While it probably does not need to be mentioned, it is better to be safe than sorry. Any comments you file will be public documents. In other words, don’t share any confidential information and be professional. Please note your comments are due by Friday, Sept. 24th.
If you have any questions, please contact –
- Greg Slipher, Livestock Development Specialist, Indiana Farm Bureau — 317-692-7886
- Justin Schneider, Staff Attorney, Indiana Farm Bureau — (317) 692-7835
September 16, 2010 | Issues and Resources | No Comments »
Applications for 2010 Pork Industry Scholarships Now Open!
All juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine, are invited to submit an application for one of 19 available scholarships sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, PIC and Pioneer.
For more information and application guidelines, visit the Pork Checkoff link:
National Pork Industry Scholarship
September 10, 2010 | Education and News and Resources | No Comments »
The Carroll FFA Alumni will hold a meeting Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Barn at Carroll Jr/Sr High School. Anyone who is a past FFA member, the parent of an FFA student, and those involved in the agricultural community are invited to join.
More information available on the attached Flyer: Carroll FFA Alumni meeting notice
September 06, 2010 | Education and News | No Comments »
Visit the Indiana State Fairgrounds September 10-12 for the County Lifestyle Experience – a three-day expo designed for consumers, producers and residents of small farms.
Country Lifestyle Experience features three fun-filled and educational days packed with workshops, presentations and demonstrations covering the core topics on small rural lifestyle.
Topics Include —
Renewable Energy. Small-Scale Agriculture • Gardening. Green Building . Health
Pick and choose from dozens of programs conducted by leading authorities. In between workshops, enjoy shopping the marketplace and visiting the animal exhibits. Best of all, Country Lifesty le Experience provides a
unique, hands-on event experience designed to inspire attendees to take action and get on the path to a sustainable agriculture lifestyle!
More information, including daily programs can be found on the attached flyer: Country Lifestyle Experience 1
- Indiana Farm Bureau
- Indiana Cooperative Development Center, Inc.
- Farm Service Agency
- Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep
- The Martin House
September 06, 2010 | Education and Resources | No Comments »