Farming and the Glass Barn
So much has been in the news lately about flood and drought and other complications that come with farming. But the one story that hasn’t been told is how Indiana achieves a $37 billion dollar industry with 96 percent of its farms being family operated.
Yes, weather plays a significant part in what we do. But we’re a robust, resourceful and responsible group of families across the state that help feed 6 million Hoosiers and contribute to feeding more than 300 million people throughout the nation. That story is what we as farmers live every day, and we use some pretty sophisticated technology to make it happen.
Farming technology today runs the gamut from emerging innovations like grain carts that run through the fields unmanned, to collars that indicate when it’s time to milk cows, and smartphones that can identify pest problems in the fields.
We use self-guided, GPS-enabled farm equipment, like planters and combines that use infrared aerial technology to provide farmers with real-time overhead imagery. That means in just a matter of minutes, farmers can see where crops are growing on track in a field, and where a crop loss has occurred. Farmers don’t even have to step into the field to make that discovery; we’re getting it directly downloaded onto our computers or mobile devices.
And the equipment systems we use collect crucial information that we can compare year to year, and make improvements year over year. Because of smarter farming technology across the board, one farmer today can feed about 150 people, compared to approximately 70 people in 1970.
While no one discounts the almanac, we’ve certainly come a long way from counting wooly worms in the road to tell us how to manage our farms in the coming season. In just a few days, Indiana will have a chance to see and hear that story when the Glass Barn opens up at the Indiana State Fair.
While farming makes a significant impact on the Hoosier economy, today less than 2 percent of the population lives on farms, putting farming in the spotlight usually only when droughts or floods make the news. The Glass Barn will feature a history of farming progress, and hands-on opportunities that give a real look into the family-farming experience as a business, a science and part of Indiana’s history.
The Glass Barn is more than just a new building. It’s an investment by the Indiana Soybean Alliance to help tell the story of how farmers in Indiana operate today, and how we’re committed to growing food that is safe and healthy for Hoosiers and the environment. And as part a farming family myself, I hope visitors to the Glass Barn will walk away with a clear idea of how technology helps family operations like our own work smarter, and do more for Indiana and the great Hoosier families that live here.
Mark and Linda Bacon
Upset about traffic stop treatment
My daughter was stopped by one of your fine men in blue last night (7/23); she had forgotten to put on her seat belt after taking my grandson to McDonald’s. This was around 9:30 at night. She was on Highway 52.
When the officer ran the plate it came back belonging to her other car. Her other car had broken down on her and when she purchased her current car we thought that she had 30 days to transfer plates.
Well, the officer decided that the car needed to be impounded. This fine man decided it was OK to leave her out on the highway with two children (ages 2 months and 5 years).
My daughter is a hard worker and doesn’t take anything off the government. She actually went back to work after only two weeks of having my granddaughter because she had to be able to pay her insurance. She has worked since she was 15, not because she had to but because she wanted to. Her current job involves a lot of walking, in all types of weather. She has been going in early so that she can finish because of the heat. Plus, she takes care of her babies, as well as her house. I’m dang proud of her.
This officer said he offered her a ride but she refused; I don’t see this being as she had the babies with her. And if she did, he should have stayed until her ride came. How irresponsible can he be that he would leave them there, where anything could have happened? I thank Jesus for watching over them.
When her uncle called to ask about the car, and why she was left behind, the person he talked to wasn’t friendly at all.
I’m not sure if anything can be done about this or not, but I just wanted to let the people of Rushville know how their officers treat a young mother and her children. I hope he has no wife or children, because he surely wouldn’t treat them this way.
Thank you for reading. A very upset and concerned mother/grandmother.
Obama’s energy policy is flawed
On June 25, President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown University on the issue of climate change. While I commend our president for his interest in protecting the environment, I am deeply concerned about the negative effects his plan will have on energy costs, jobs, and the economy as a whole.
President Obama said electricity rates would “necessarily skyrocket” under his administration. Making good on this promise, the president’s “climate action plan” imposes crippling regulations through executive fiat. According to the Institute for Energy Research, the EPA’s proposed rule restricting carbon dioxide emissions for new power plants will effectively ban coal-fired electrical generation.
Here in Indiana, we generate over 90 percent of our electricity from coal. This is a good thing. Coal is cheap, abundant, and has allowed our state to enjoy below average electricity rates. However, the president is now waging a “war on coal” that will kill jobs, slow our economy, and crush some of the poorest in our community with higher energy bills.
With our struggling economy and high unemployment, now is not the time to increase energy prices on the American people. Instead, we should invest in our vast natural resources to create jobs, strengthen our economy, and put us on the path toward American energy independence.
Mrs. Evelyn Ellis
Thanking carriers for great service
Last week, you gave your “Top Ten Reasons for Going to Mail” with the delivery of the Rushville Republican.
We have been subscribers for over 50 years; therefore, we have to say the following.
We have nothing but praise for all of the different carriers we have had throughout the years. Our present carrier of over 10 years is Gary VanSickle and he has never missed delivering us a dry, readable paper regardless of the weather.
We will miss the personal aspect of a home deliverer’s horn letting us know that the paper is in the box and we have never had to look in the bushes, on the roof or in the street.
We just wanted to praise Gary and all of the past carriers and give them all and “atta boy.” We know we can’t stop progress, but we also know it’s good to say “Thank you” to deserving people.
Duane and SonjaAlexander