Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 16 - June 2016

Indiana Crop Weather Report - Dry Weather Boosts Planting Success

Find the updated crop reports for the past two weeks for Indiana by clicking the links below. Information is provided by Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Indiana Crop Report - May 23, 2016

Indiana Crop Report - May 31, 2016

Current Purdue Production Newsletters

Chat 'n Chew Cafe - June 2016

Facts for Fancy Fruit - Issue 1604 - May 2016

Pest & Crop Newsletter - Issue 8 - May 27, 2016

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 613 - May 26, 2016

Purdue Extension Hamilton County Launches New Education Center

New Guide to Indiana Transportation Regulations for Farmers

Purdue Pesticide Programs has just released a new publication, A Farmer’s Guide to Indiana Transportation Regulations: What to Do to Keep on Trucking, Planting, and Harvesting (PPP-111). I would like to make this publication available to you, free of charge, if you would like a copy. Please call the office or email me and I will send you a copy as soon as they arrive from the Education Store. If you would like to take a look and/or print your own copy, click here Indiana Transportation Regulations PPP-111.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications for Hamilton County Master Gardener Intern Training

Hamilton County has scheduled their popular Purdue Master Gardener Program to begin August 23rd, 2016. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm through October 11th at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.


The program provides gardeners with intensive education in horticultural principles. The instruction is provided without charge, however, there is a fee for supplies which become your personal reference collection. The cost for the program materials is $165.00. Participants from the same family can attend the training together and share materials for an additional $50.00.


Participants who successfully complete the program and, thereafter, donate an equal number of volunteer hours in community gardening services are certified as Master Gardeners. Yearly donation of time is expected to maintain certification. Click the link below for more information.


Master Gardener Intern Training Information

Beginning Farmer workshop series starts in New Albany - August 20th

New and aspiring farmers will learn more about production systems, business planning and other agribusiness topics in a series of regional workshops sponsored by Purdue Extension's Beginning Farmer program.


The first workshop is set for noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in New Albany. Discussion will focus on food safety issues, available resources for beginning farmers, livestock production systems, beekeeping and on-farm animal processing. Participants will also have an opportunity to network with Purdue Extension educators and other agribusiness professionals.


Here are the dates and locations for future workshops throughout the state.

Aug. 20 - Purdue Polytechnic Institute, 3000 Technology Ave., New Albany.

Nov. 15 - Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, 1010 Teal Road, Lafayette.

Nov. 19 - Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne.

Dec. 14 - Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis.


The workshops are free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Tamara Benjamin at 765-496-1930. To sign up for the Aug. 20 event, go to this link at the Education Store.

Purdue Extension offers HEART SMART Program: June 22th & 29th

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Save the Date:

2016 Hamilton County Fair Dates: July 21-25; Auction July 26

Indiana State Fair: August 5 - 21, 2016

Central District Scheduled PARP Trainings

Clinton County Modern Ag Event

Location: Dull's Tree Farm

Date: Tuesday June 21st 2016; 8:00am to 1:15pm

Topics: Precision Management of Pesticides and Nutrients; Drone use in Nutrient Management; Sugar Creek Watershed Project; Private Applicator Recordkeeping; Farm Safety Net; Drone Showcase following presentations

Cost: $20.00 Registration fee

Contact: Britt Reese, Clinton ANR Educator 765.659.6380


Purdue Pesticide Programs - Event Listings

About Diane Turner

Diane is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Hamilton County, Indiana. Her responsibilities include support for commercial agriculture producers, homeowners, and coordinating the Master Gardener Program. Feel free to call or email her with questions.
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