Hoosier Conservation Leader Honored by NCGA

first_img Facebook Twitter Hoosier Conservation Leader Honored by NCGA Previous articleIs Agriculture at War?Next articleUSDA Gives Biomass Energy Development $8.7 Mil Boost Andy Eubank SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Conservation Leader Honored by NCGA By Andy Eubank – Mar 1, 2015 SHARE Shuter honored at NCGAAt the National Association of Corn Growers banquet at Commodity Classic Friday night Indiana farmer Mike Shuter received the organization’s Good Steward Recognition. Shuter is just the second recipient of the honor, one he proudly accepted after many years of stewarding the soils on his Frankton farm.“We actually started no-till in corn back in ’83 and that was a PIK year when we didn’t have as many acres and we could mess with it and work with it, and try to get it to where it really worked right. But, back then we were seeing high fuel prices. We were seeing low commodity prices and it was just one way of helping keep some of the costs under control and actually doing a better job of farming the soil we work with and been given the stewardship of for our lifetime.”As for the industry as a whole in adopting and implementing conservation practices, “We’ve got a long ways to go,” Shuter says. “There’s still the mentality that the more steel you can put in the ground the better off you are farming. We just don’t believe that anymore and we’re trying to help educate producers that there is a better way of maintaining the soil health. We’re actually improving organic matter in our soil two-tenths of a percent in the last 6 years. A lot of producers are not going that direction.”For the past president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, it has been quite a year. Shuter was also honored with the Purdue ag alumni Certificate of Distinction in early February.“Ya, it’s been quite a year for me! I went through quadruple bypass surgery the 23rd of December, so it has been quite a year in several different ways.”See more with Shuter in the HAT video. Also Friday night Herb Ringel accepted the award as the Indiana Corn Growers Association was honored for the highest percentage annual growth for a state association. Ringel of Wabash is the president of the Indiana association. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Low Wheat Price Support Needed in New Farm Bill

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 30, 2016 Facebook Twitter Low Wheat Price Support Needed in New Farm Bill Home Indiana Agriculture News Low Wheat Price Support Needed in New Farm Bill SHARE SHARE Wheat prices have tumbled to the lowest point they have been at in the last decade, thanks in part to a successful harvest in the U.S. and strong harvest prospects overseas. Low wheat prices are causing a dilemma for elevator operators that have too much wheat and not enough storage. The ag economy struggles are exacerbated by threats to cut vital programs in the upcoming Farm Bill debate. The National Association of Wheat Growers is conducting a Farm Bill survey of its producers to find out which policies are the most vital to their success. The overall goal is to help develop a successful and functional Farm Bill in 2018. The Wheat Growers say it is more important than ever that producer priorities are listened to as agriculture works toward an effective Farm Bill which maintains the safety net as well as other vital programs.The National Association of Wheat Growers wants to encourage producers to fill out the survey and contribute to the successful planning of the next Farm Bill. The survey is on the Wheat Grower’s website at wheat world.org.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFarm Progress Show Opens With Rain and Lower Prices Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more