Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 20 - September 2016

Indiana Crop Weather Report - Weather Remains Unpredictble

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 - September 5, 2016

Indiana Crop Report - September 12, 2016

Current Purdue Production Newsletters

Chat 'n Chew Cafe - September 2016

Pest & Crop Newsletter - Issue 21 - August 26, 2016

Pest & Crop Newsletter - Issue 22 - September 2, 2016

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 620 - September 1, 2016

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 621 - September 15, 2016

Facts for Fancy Fruit - Issue 1611 - August 31, 2016

Hoosier Harvest Market: Seeking Additional Farmer Vendors

"The Hoosier Harvest Market connects Indiana food producers with Indiana consumers for locally grown food products."

Come Grow with the Hoosier Harvest Market: I would like to share with Hamilton County Farmers the opportunity to join in as the Hoosier Harvest Market seeks to expand its base of vendors for 2016-2017. The current group consists of a number of meat vendors but the would be open to additional meat vendors if the product is a good fit. The greatest need is produce and any commercially prepared specialty items. Food is the primary good sold but some value added and hand crafted/ artisan items will be considered.

For more information, contact Roy Ballard or click here for the Hoosier Harvest Market website.

Indiana Local Foods Summit - Registration Now Open!

When: Thursday October 6, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Registration begins at 8:30 am
Where: Ivy Tech Corporate and Culinary Campus; 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Purdue Extension's Local Food Program will host the first annual local food summit for Indiana coming up soon in Indianapolis. Join us for a morning of focused networking for food councils, farm to school, food hubs, healthy food access and food business training. Stay for lunch and attend afternoon sessions on ‘Getting Started in Farm to School,’ Cooperative Business Models, Creative purchasing of local food for institutions and restaurants and more!

Who should attend: Anyone working on local food in their community: farm to school, school gardens, community gardens, chefs, food service directors, food hubs, farmers, consumers, elected officials, food entrepreneurs, food access, food insecurity, SNAP, WIC, economic development, city or county leaders - if you are part of a food community - please bring your group!

Early-Bird Registration: $30 includes materials, beverages, snacks and local food lunch, catered by Ivy Tech Culinary Students Registration after 15 September: $40

Registration information here!

If you are interested in more information on local food programming, feel free to contact me via email at any time or by calling our local Extension Office at (317) 776-0854.

Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities

Beginning Farmer & Diversified Ag Ventures: Ginseng Field Day

Do you have an established reforestation plot or area of woodlands that you would like to find a new way to diversify? Are you seeking a different approach to reforestation by adding in farming? Are you interested in growing ginseng?

If you answered yes, consider joining us for an afternoon of an introduction to American ginseng, laws relating to ginseng harvesting and marketing, sources of seed and plants, planting site selection and preparation, planting and management options, timelines and economic models. Thursday, September 29 5-8 p.m. Click here to register.

Indiana Flower Growers Association Purdue Conference

Date: Wednesday, October 5 at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Beck Agricultural Center: 4540 US Highway 52 W, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

Registration: Click here

Boiler Bridge - Connecting Campus to Community - October 12

New this fall is the Boiler Bridge, a Purdue information fair where students and families can MEET with Purdue academic counselors who can answer questions about Purdue scholarships, costs, financial aid, campus life, career opportunities, and how to be a Boilermaker!!!

These events will be held in a festive, fun, open house format. We will have snacks and refreshments. This is more than just campus. It is about lifelong learning.

Recent Purdue grads will get the kids and their families fired up about attending Purdue and sharing what steps kids need to take now to be ready for campus.

Event: October 12, 2016; 6 - 8 p.m.

Indiana State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

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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