Farmers, agribusiness operators, policymakers and financial professionals can learn about opportunities to supplement farm income, manage farm finances and expand into growing markets at a conference presented by Purdue Extension and the community development organization Dubois Strong.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's North Central Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education program is offering a number of grants for farmers, educators and researchers working on projects in sustainable agriculture. Individuals and groups are eligible to apply for the grants, which promote "ecologically sound, profitable and socially responsible farming and ranching," said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension educator in Hancock County and Indiana SARE coordinator.
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Wente Vineyards' 2013 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon was named Wine of the Year at the 25th Indy International Wine Competition, held Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 3 and 4) at Purdue University. The annual event is the largest independent wine competition in the United States, featuring 79 classes of wines from commercial and private winemakers around the world.
Indiana fruit and vegetable growers bringing irrigation systems into operation as production gets into full swing should have their water tested as part of good agricultural practices for produce food safety, Purdue Extension food safety educator Scott Monroe says.
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Shoppers at more than 100 farmers markets, grocery stores, food pantries and roadside produce stands throughout Indiana can now connect with FoodLink, Purdue Extension's online hub for information about healthy foods.
Britain's departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow Indiana's economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.
Three agricultural experts from Purdue University have been appointed to a newly created Association of Public and Land-grant Universities commission to help ensure universal food security by 2050.

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