Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 24 - January 2017

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.

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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

Purdue Center for Commercial Ag is asking all producers to fill out the 2016 Custom Rate Survey now through the end of March. Even if one can only fill out one or two items on the survey, your information is important to us. If you have any questions, please email me for more information.

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:


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

Click here for more information and to register.

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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

Scheduled Topics

Pest Management in Cover Crops, Plant Parasitic Nematodes, FieldWatch

Contact Name: Diane Turner

Title: ANR Educator
Phone: 317/776-0854
Email: turnerda@purdue.edu

*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.

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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