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.
Purdue University's annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary reported 28 farm-related deaths in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the 2014 total of 25. However, overall trends are still declining. Statistics were collected by the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program from news reports, Internet searches, personal interviews and reports from individuals and Extension educators.
Interest rates are low. The 10-year Treasury bond rate, which forecasters use as a benchmark, averaged 1.6 percent in August. That's the third lowest monthly rate in the past 20 years. The 30-year home mortgage rate averaged 3.4 percent in August. That's the fifth lowest rate in the past 20 years.
Is it August already? While I'm gearing up for my economics class at Purdue, it's a good time to take a look at the economy. Got to offer those eager young people the latest word!
"Aquaponics is a relatively new discipline," said Bob Rode, Purdue Aquaponics Research Lab manager and a presenter at the conference. "Although it may sound simple, there are many facets to be considered. This conference is an excellent opportunity for potential producers to learn more about it and why it is so appealing."
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.