Agriculture and Natural Resources
Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator
A Year in Review with Purdue Extension - Moving Indiana Forward
If it makes Indiana better, you'll find Purdue Extension. Take moment to check out the recently released Purdue Extension Annual Report for 2016 in the link below.
Apply for Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network by January 31, 2017
The Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network is a supportive network for new urban farmers. The network assists beginning urban farmers to:
- Learn from and share your own knowledge with other beginning urban farmers
- Meet experienced small-scale and urban farmers
- Access professional development opportunities such as the Indiana Small Farm Conference
- Explore market opportunities for your locally grown products
Check out this website for more information and the video highlighting the first year of the Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network.
Purdue University - Center for Commercial Agriculture: 2016 Custom Rate Survey
2017 Corn and Soybean Field Guide Now Available
This pocket-size, in-field reference provides detailed and descriptive information for corn and soybean producers. Topics include identifying and managing insect, disease, and weeds; diagnosing herbicide injuries; soil fertility; making planting decisions; and understanding crop growth. Now available through Extension's The Education Store.
Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities
Next Steps to Successfully Growing Future Farm Generations
For a family farm business to survive the decades, a farm family must plan the transfer from one generation to the next. If your family faces a future farm business transfer, join us for a workshop to help you explore:
- Legal Overview (when to start, who should be involved, and pitfalls)
- Communication and Team Building
- Life Insurance as a Financial Planning Tool
- Retirement Planning
- Financial Health
- Asset Transfer to the Next Generation
- Goal Setting
Date: February 8, 2017
Location: Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, IN
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed immediately by a farm family meeting with the Farm Succession Planning Team
Cost: $75 for first 4 family members and $15 each additional member
Click here for info on registration.
Hops Production Workshop Details Finalized at Upcoming Small Farm Conference
Registration is open for the 5th Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference scheduled for March 2-4, 2017 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, Danville, Indiana.
Deep dive into a full day workshop on Thursday, March 2:
- Hops Production in Indiana
- Beginning Farmer Workshop: Starting a Small Farm in Indiana
- On-Farm Food Safety for Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training)
- Indianapolis Urban Agriculture Tour
On Friday and Saturday, the conference features concurrent sessions on topics ranging from vegetable and livestock production to farm management and marketing. The trade show is open Friday and Saturday for you to network and interact with farm supply and services businesses, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and more. d details are confirmed.
Visit the registration site for more conference details and to register today!
Beginning Farmer Project Offers Small Farm Conference Registration Fees
The Purdue Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project is providing 10 registration fees to the forthcoming 2017 Indiana Small Farm Conference for farmers who are beginners (less than 10 years of farming) in Indiana agriculture and willing to participate in the three-day workshop / conference at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Ind. from March 2-4.
The award covers only registration fees, which includes lunch on all three days. Mileage and hotel costs are not included, nor any other food costs. Those interested are asked to fill out the Qualtrics Survey below no later than Tuesday, Jan. 31. Those awarded a registration fee will be notified during the first week of February.
Horticultural Business and Marketing Symposium
Date: February 23, 2017 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Topics to be covered: Social media, Risk management, Conflict resolution, Marketing plans, Customer differentiation and segmentation
Marion County Extension Office, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Hamilton County PARP
2/16/2017 Hamilton County - Cost $10.00
9:00 am-1:00 pm EST
Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville
Pest Management in Cover Crops, Plant Parasitic Nematodes, FieldWatch
Contact Name: Diane Turner
*This meeting is being held in conjunction with the SWCD Annual Meeting, please RSVP to 317-773-2181.
For a full listing of all upcoming PARP Programs, visit the Purdue Pesticide Programs website.