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Pfizer Animal Health – Salute to Producers

Pfizer Animal Health is accepting nominations for a program recognizing people working in pork operations who consistently reach for higher standards and put in extra effort to make positive contributions to on-farm processes and practices.

This program recognizes people who work behind the scenes – those in the barn, service managers, production managers or anyone else who ensures every little thing is done right – to raise healthy, productive pigs. “Through the Fostera PCV recognition of excellence program, we want to celebrate those individuals who go above and beyond to exemplify higher standards,” says Benjamin Church, senior marketing communications manager, Pfizer Animal Health.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel and each will receive $1,000 cash, plus an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Pfizer Animal Health headquarters and New York City on April 18-21, 2012.

Deadline for submitting nominations is November 30.

More information: Pfizer Animal Health – Salute to Producers

Submit a Nomination

November 14, 2011 | Education and News and Resources | No Comments »

Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow Communities

The Monsanto Fund is pleased to announce the second annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities SM, a program that gives farmers, like you, the opportunity to win $2,500, for your favorite community nonprofit organization.

Through this program $4.2 million has been donated to rural communities across the country! Apply today and the Monsanto Fund will donate $1 to your local United Way to help food banks and other charitable organizations dealing with hunger in your community.

Last year, David Minich was a winner for Carroll County, and $2,500 went to the Flora Youth Baseball program.

Deadline is November 30, so apply today!

America’s Farmers Grow Communities

November 14, 2011 | News and Resources | No Comments »

IDEM Confined Feeding Rules Amended

From our friends at Indiana Farm Bureau:

Following nearly four years of discussion, new rules for confined feeding operations and CAFOs that discharge were adopted on Nov. 9 by the Water Pollution Control Board. The rules, to be enforced by IDEM, will go into effect on July 1, 2012.

The CFO rules will now require manure to be applied according to phosphorus rates and needs, in addition to the existing nitrogen rates. Additional restrictions will exist for application to frozen or snow-covered ground. In order to comply with a recent court decision, CAFOs with NPDES permits who do not discharge will be given the opportunity to transition into the CFO program by providing notice to IDEM.

According to IFB attorney Justin Schneider, “A lot of work went into shaping these rules so that they would be protective of the environment and human health while not unduly burdening livestock and poultry producers. But as always, we will want our members to let us know how the changes affect them once it is implemented.”

Information on the changes and how to comply will be available in the coming months.

November 14, 2011 | Issues and News | No Comments »

Carroll County Zoning Reviewed October 25

The Area Plan Commission will consider a DRAFT Zoning Ordinance for Carroll County at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carroll County Courthouse Commissioner’s Room.  The public is invited to hear discussion about the results of this two-year project to completely review and update Carroll County Zoning Ordinances.

Of interest to Farmers are the changes in the Agriculture District and the new Rural Residential Zoning District, which are excerpted, below.

Agriculture District Zoning

Residential District

A full “mark up” version (this is DRAFT #2 and the “mark up” compares with DRAFT #1) is available on the Carroll County Zoning website.  You can also review the notes and information posted by the Steering Committee.

Carroll County Zoning Website:  Carroll County Zoning Information

The Steering Committee encourages questions and comments, which may be submitted by email here: Carroll County Zoning Steering Committee

Update – October 26, 2011

The Area Plan Commissioners recommended the proposed Zoning Ordinance to the Carroll County Commissioners for adoption.  The next step is a public hearing and comment, and adoption by the County Commissioners, in mid-November or early December.  You can obtain a copy of the proposed Zoning Ordinance (Adoption Draft) from the Zoning Project website, or you can purchase a hard copy for less than $20 from Q Graphics in Delphi. 

October 24, 2011 | Issues and News and Resources | No Comments »

Travis Martin at Natonal FFA Convention

Travis Martin speaks at the 2010 Ag Association Annual Meeting

Carroll HS Grad and former FFA State President Travis Martin will have a role at the upcoming National FFA Convention, this week in Indianapolis.

Check out the full article at Hoosier Ag Today:

Travis Martin at National FFA Convention

October 17, 2011 | News | No Comments »

Deer Creek/Sugar Creek Conservation Management Meeting October 19

The Soil and Water Conservation Service folks are planning a public input session for you to tell them what you know about the areas around Deer and Sugar Creeks. They are interested to find out how you use the waters and surrounding lands, and what concerns you have about them. Together you will think of ideas of how to improve the area. You will have an opportunity to get to talk to people who are already working to protect the waters and surrounding area and to tell us what you think.

WHEN: Wednesday October 19th 5:00-7:00 pm Dinner will be provided between 5-5:30 pm, catered by All-B-Q’s. There will be activities for children from 5:30-7:00 pm.

WHERE: 4-H Community Building (within Flora Community Park at the intersection of Fourth St. and Main St.)

WHY: You are an important part of this community. Your ideas matter.

NOTE: This process is voluntary and it will not lead to an increase of taxes or regulations. RSVP to Rhonda Hicks (Rhonda Hicks SWCDCC Email or 765-564-4480 x3) is suggested, but not required.

More information from the flyer: DeerSugarCreeks

(NOTE – the flyer includes a map showing the area served by Deer Creek and Sugar Creek)

October 12, 2011 | Education and Issues and News and Resources | No Comments »

Carroll Manor Open House and Pork Dinner – September 25

Indiana Packers Corporation is again sponsoring a Pork Chop Benefit Lunch for Carroll Manor.  This year’s event will be on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are available from Carroll Manor (765-564-4340) or IPC (765-564-7211)

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come on out and help support the Carroll Manor!

  • $7.00 for a single pork chop meal
  • $8.00 for a double pork chop meal
  • $4.00 for children 12 and younger

For more information:  Carroll Manor Flyer 2011

September 13, 2011 | News | No Comments »

CCAA Billboard

The CCAA reserved billboard space in Carroll County for the months of September and October to promote safety during harvest. The billboard for September is located on SR 25 west (facing Delphi-bound traffic) in Rockfield. Check it out:

September 10, 2011 | News | No Comments »

FFA Alumni Scotland/Ireland Trip – June 21 – July 2, 2012

The Carroll FFA Alumni group is organizing a trip to Scotland, Ireland and England for next summer – June 21 through July 2.  This trip is open to any interested persons, and will include tours of  local agriculture and a stop at the Royal Highland Show, as well as famous Irish, English and Scot landmarks.

More information and registration available at the attached flyers, or contact Melissa Keown: email Melissa Keown

Application Form

Tentative Itinerary – Ireland option

September 10, 2011 | News and Resources | No Comments »

Township Government – Open Forum – September 21

Carroll County Focus on the Future, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Carroll County are sponsoring an open forum and panel discussion about the future of local government.  Panelists include Burlington Township Trustee Al Jackson, Carroll County Council member Ann Brown and Howard County Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin, who is also the President of the Indiana Township Association.

  • Date:  September 21, 2011 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Wabash & Erie Canal Center

Township Government in Carroll County:  What are the options?

For more information:  Township_Forum_flyer

September 09, 2011 | Education and News and Resources | No Comments »

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