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VERSAILLES – Southeastern Career Center is hosting a combination Open House, College & Career Fair, and Chili Supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 22).

RIPLEY COUNTY – The Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk will held Oct. 6 at St. Peters UCC (Finks Church) on the corner of CR 700 N. and Finks Road near Osgood.

Washington, D.C. – Amidst what now seems an unending trade war in which soy growers are caught in the middle, farmers of the U.S.’ number one export crop received another blow late in the week. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday night its decision to grant even more w…

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – “This was not a normal year,” said Greg Matli, Indiana state statistician for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service, regarding the 2019 USDA crop report. “Nothing like 2019 has happened in our history before.”

WEST LAFAYETTE and CHICAGO – The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer reading jumped to 153 in July, up 27 points from June, and up 52 points from May. Improving crop conditions after an extraordinarily wet planting season, combined with a late spring/early summer crop price rall…

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, and now it’s time for another Christmas season.

Indianapolis is preparing to celebrate its 200th birthday or anniversary. But Indianapolis isn’t that village invented by the General Assembly on the banks of the White River. Fifty years ago, Indianapolis took an important step forward establishing Unigov. It was an imperfect consolidation …

WASHINGTON – Signup is now open for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations.

GREENSBURG – There’s an old saying that “slow and steady wins the race.” Those words of wisdom may be true about a lot of things, but internet speed is not likely one of them.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.

In order to win in life, your teen is going to need a solid plan for everything—including their money! If they learn to budget today, they can avoid some common money mistakes and start building a strong financial future ASAP.

In this space, we’ve discussed the plight of Indiana’s many smaller towns edging toward extinction as viable economic communities. This has even become a topic for political lip-service with emphasis on individual places rather than a systemic approach to a statewide problem.

PLAINFIELD – Trying to stay cool during this heat wave? That probably means you’re using more energy at home – which can lead to a higher energy bill. Air conditioners use a lot of electricity, but there are a few things you can do to help avoid surprises on your monthly bill.

WASHINGTON – A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the Department’s self-service website…

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management and markets targeted for organic, transitional and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals and landowners. Th…

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – During the past 70 years, hybrid corn varieties have increased both yield and nitrogen use efficiency at nearly the same pace, largely by preserving leaf function during grain filling. The Purdue University study’s findings offer strategies for corn breeders who want t…

It’s been a while since we looked at state and county labor market changes. So, I pulled up the number of persons employed and the number unemployed as reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announces today that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies to ensure children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the school year. This donation marks T…

INDIANAPOLIS – INBiz, the state of Indiana’s one-stop business portal, is helping Hoosiers open businesses through its partnership with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC), a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for agricultural producers in Indiana impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)…

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Bond yields rose and stocks mostly bounced back from an early slide to finish with modest losses Friday, a downbeat end on Wall Street to an otherwise milestone-setting week for the broader market.

NEW YORK — Investors extended a rally through a holiday-shortened day and pushed the S&P 500 index to its third straight record high close on Wednesday. Other major indexes also closed at record highs.

QUESTION: I work in the automotive industry, but my passions are really health and fitness. I want to work my way over to personal training, but I don’t want to do it in the normal gym setting. I’m interested in developing a complete, online program and working one-on-one with clients. I’m t…

If you’re the parent of a high school graduate, congrats! Getting through high school was a lot of work for them, and between the stress of having a first-time driver and the hours spent helping with test prep, I know it’s been a ton of work for you, too.

The 2020 Census is coming! Yes, that’s going to be more fun than the 2020 elections. We’ll learn something from the decennial Census. Dyspepsia is all we can expect from the quadrennial elections.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the National Association of District Export Councils’ (NADEC) Annual Export Conference in Washington, DC in late May, Nate LaMar was a panelist on the European Union and United Kingdom Trade panel.

For most of us, the idea of having and using passwords has become a normal part of life.

GREENSBURG – Aspen Place Health Campus, a Trilogy senior living community, recently hosted a Disney-themed Fun Day for Senior Health and Wellness Day at their campus in Greensburg.

WEST LAFAYETTE –Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of workshops and farm tours this summer and fall, focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers.

WEST LAFAYETTE – Today’s farms are constantly innovating, relying on cutting edge technology and bioengineering to control pests. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, however, has struggled to keep pace, becoming rooted in a game of regulatory “whack-a-mole”: When one chemical pesticide…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Soybean Association (ASA) board member and Missouri farmer Ronnie Russell appeared this week before the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, testifying on the impact of trade and tarif…

Yeah, everyone loves summer vacation. But this isn’t the time for your kids to take a vacation from funding their college educations. They deserve to chill a little after a long school year, but summer is also a great time for them to take advantage of financial aid opportunities, and get co…

German American Bank is pleased to announce the kickoff of its Summer Internship Program. Seven interns, demonstrating a series of characteristics including strong communication skills and work ethic, as well as a positive attitude, were selected from a pool of candidates to jump-start their…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Dep…

Local farmer Michael Koors recently directed $2,500 to North Decatur FFA through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Facing increasingly uncertain market conditions, producers looking to refine weed control and protect crop yield are encouraged to attend the Purdue Weed Science Team’s annual educational field day.

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a Duke Energy customer pilot program that makes it easier for businesses, schools and nonprofits to have solar energy at their facilities.

Disagree without being disagreeable. Often, I fall short of that goal. I do enjoy taking a position I have not supported in the past. It’s like wearing a different set of clothes. Does that make me an intellectual transvestite?

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Ag producer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since October 2016, erasing all improvements recorded following the November 2016 election.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers who have federal crop insurance coverage and are unable to plant a crop because of flooding or excess moisture to contact their crop insurance agent to discuss available prevented planting options. Crop insurance agents can discuss availa…

AKRON, Ind. — The Indiana Sheep Association will host a National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) educational seminar and farm tour June 15 at Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron, and Hidden Valley Polypays Farm in Rochester.

BATESVILLE – The SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Batesville has opened its doors in Batesville and invites travelers to experience one of the newest hotel brands in the industry, the SureStay Hotel Group®.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that today (May 31) is the deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds.