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Saturday, November 18, 2017
 
Educating for ag
Jay County High School agriculture teachers Brittany Kloer and Seth Swallow were among the speakers at the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention Nov. 29 through?Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. They presented the workshop “Stop Being a Helicopter FFA Advisor and empower FFA members through a Google Tech POA!” Their focus was on suggesting ways that agriculture teachers can help make students more independent. (Photo provided)
  • Farm families raising deer, elk.
    Deer and elk farming has seen a rapid growth nationally and in Indiana, according to the Indiana Deer and Elk Farming Association. Jay County is just one rural area of the state that is home to a number of such farms.
  • Shepherding Shires
    They’re called “gentle giants.”
  • Revenue per acre will be down
    From about 2006 through ’13, prices soared for both corn and soybeans, resulting in record income for farmers.
  • New farmers will have an opportunity to get expert advice on how to get a start in the agriculture industry.
  • Anyone interested in becoming a farmer can get a jump-start this month.
  • 4-H sign-up event is Oct. 19
    Jay County 4-H will hold an event this month for members to sign up for projects and have a little fun in the process.
  • A Jay County agricultural teacher spent her summer in the Hawaiian Islands after winning the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant. 
  • Davis celebrates 100th
    More than 400 farmers and agribusiness people gathered Thursday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Davis Purdue Ag Center on Indiana 1 between Redkey and Farmland in Randolph County.
  • Farm and garden expo is revamped
    The organizers of the Rural America Farm & Garden Expo’s second year decided to change things up.
  • Fair honors McEwen
    Jay County’s Jim Bob McEwen has been honored with a lifetime pass to the Indiana State Fair.
  • Hollowell wins horse at fair
    Since showing the grand champion halter at the 2015 Jay County Fair, Cash Hollowell had not had the best luck with horses.
  • Indiana Grown seeks to expand reach
    The White House spent July 17 through 21 celebrating “Made in America” week. “Made in the U.S.A.” labels have been placed on products for decades, and more recently states got into the “home-grown” promotion game by starting their own initiatives. Indiana joined in two years ago when it launched “Indiana Grown,” an effort to highlight products grown, produced and processed in the Hoosier State.
  • Demand is hop-ping
    A decade ago, there were around 15 to 20 craft breweries in Ohio.
  • The Indiana Department of Agriculture recently released a strategic plan that could have a major impact on promoting the state’s 57,500 farming operations. 
  • FFA members from Jay County and South Adams schools will take part in competitions and be recognized for accomplishments next week at the FFA state convention.
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