September 2015 Issue

Welcome from Ted McKinney 
Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture 

Welcome to the first edition of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Monthly Newsletter. We see this newsletter as a way to keep you informed of the activities of the Department and also highlight some of the exciting things going on in Indiana agriculture.

If you know of events that should be included in future newsletters, please feel free to share with our staff. Also, if you know of others who would enjoy receiving this newsletter, I hope you will pass it on. The information on how to subscribe is on the bottom of each issue.
This is an exciting time of year in Indiana for farmers and an opportunistic time to grow all of Indiana agriculture. The work you do powers Indiana’s economy and feeds the people of our state and trading partners around the world. Indiana is fortunate to have a dynamic agricultural industry and each of you play a role in helping make Indiana agriculture so successful.  I wish everyone an outstanding and safe harvest!
Thanks for all you do!                              

Indiana State Fair: Year of the Farmer

The 2015 Indiana State Fair – The Year of the Farmer marked yet another successful showcase of the past, present and future of Indiana agriculture to more than 900,000 visitors.  From participating in commodity/agriculture group meetings to major award ceremonies, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was in full swing during the Indiana State Fair. 
A staple for ISDA, the Normandy Barn remained a major focus on the northside of the fairgrounds.  In 2015, the Normandy Barn received a variety of upgrades to provide an entertaining and educational experience for all ages, which included an aquaculture exhibit, a bee hive, and digital wall displays showing where agricultural products are produced in Indiana.   
The all-new Indiana Grown initiative was front and center at the Visit Indiana Harvest Pavilion showcasing a variety of Indiana Grown products to fairgoers.  Attracting thousands of spectators a day, Indiana Grown hosted farmers, producers, processors and partners each day – allowing the general public to better understand how their food is made and where it comes from.  The all-inclusive and collaborative program proudly displayed a variety of products that consumers can now find at major grocery stores statewide.  Thank you to the following Indiana Grown members who made time to work at the booth:

Amber Waves, Husk, Risen Creek Creamery, Cousin Willie’s Popcorn, Urban Ladle, This Old Farm, Green Bean Delivery, Cardinal Spirits, Trader’s Point Creamery, Healthy Hoosier Oils, Dan’s Popcorn, Limelight Coffee, Carthage Mill, Gutwein Popcorn, Heartland Communities, Best Boy, Indiana Family Produce, Strawbridge Farms,  Black Hawk Winery, Lifeline Farms, Heritage Meadow Farm, Kim’s Key Lime Cookies, Brickhouse Bakery, Jen’s Country BBQ, Golliher Farms, Sobremesa Farm, Bee Free Bakery, Hidden Pond Farm, Madison County Winery, Hunt Produce Farm, Hart’s Handmade, Sustainable Foods, and Brooke’s Candies.
Click here to learn more about Indiana Grown
At this summer’s Hoosier Homestead Awards Ceremony, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and ISDA Director Ted McKinney presented 67 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial, Sesquicentennial, and Bicentennial. At this ceremony, three families received the Bicentennial award.  This means their family farms are older than the state of Indiana!

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann presented the 2015 AgriVision Award to Dr. Don Orr of JBS United and Don Villwock of Indiana Farm Bureau during the Celebration of Agriculture. Beth Archer received the 2015 Purdue Women in Agriculture Leadership Award and Linda Baird received the 2015 Purdue Women in Agriculture Achievement Award. Lt. Governor Ellspermann and Director McKinney also honored and extended congratulations to the 2015 ISDA Photo Contest winners. View this year’s winners here.

Ten Hoosier Livestock Farmers Recognized at Annual Awards Luncheon

The ISDA recognized 10 Hoosier livestock farmers that completed the Certified Livestock Program at the program’s annual awards luncheon held on August 18 at the Indiana State Fair.

This year’s newly certified producers are: Jim Verkamp, St. Anthony; Farbest Foods’ Sand Hill Brooder Hub, Bicknell; Chris Reeves, Griffin; Rob Ewing, Greensburg; Dorothy Lecher, Greensburg; Todd Runhebohn, Greensburg; Doug Abney, Bargersville; Greg Schneider, Madison; Matt and Tracy Roberts, Wawaka; and Keegan Poe, Franklin.

“Meeting with my local fire department was extremely beneficial,” Schneider said. “This is one component of the Certified Livestock Program that I hope I never have to use, but I sleep better at night knowing that the local fire department is aware of the layout of my farm and now has a better idea of how to respond to an emergency here.”

To be recognized by ISDA as a Certified Livestock Producer, participants must complete the highest industry standards in environmental protection, animal health, bio-security, emergency planning and good neighbor relations.

“Working with a veterinarian to develop a bio-security plan and having an emergency plan reviewed by the local fire department are extremely valuable pieces of today’s farm management puzzle,” said Kimmi Devaney, manager of the Certified Livestock Program for ISDA. “Fire departments around the state always tell me that they wish every farm would do this.”

ISDA launched the Certified Livestock Producer Program in July 2008. Since that time, 109 Hoosier farmers have earned the certification. Producers and others interested in learning more about the Certified Livestock Producer Program should contact Kimmi Devaney at 317.450.3570 or

2015 Marks the 10th Anniversary for the Renewable Fuel Standard

By now you’ve heard that the Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed its 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. While the new proposal has been a hot topic of discussion lately, the genesis of the program dates back to 1970 when the federal government was making a ground breaking push to clean up the environment. The 1970 Clean Air Act is the ancestor of today’s Renewable Fuel Standard and requires the EPA to set the annual volume requirements for the RFS.
The RFS as we know it was developed in the 2005 Energy Policy Act which was a comprehensive energy bill concerning everything from alternative fuel tax credits and grant programs to fuel economy standards and nuclear power.  The RFS portion of the act was substantially expanded in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act which amended the Clean Air Act.  This bumped the RFS volume requirements up to 36 billion gallons by 2022. 
What has some people scratching their heads and others wondering about the proposed rule’s legality is the fact that the new volume requirements are below the amounts originally passed in statute. The EPA intends to use its general waiver authority to reduce the required amounts to, in their words, “reflect EPA’s updated production projections” which they believe will be less than originally predicted. There is no doubt an administrative agency has some latitude in promulgating rules that stem from a Congressional directive. However, EPA’s authority is unclear on the matter.

In July, Lt. Sue Ellspermann wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing her concerns for the proposed renewable volume requirements for 2014, 2015, and 2016.  To read the letter, please click here.  

In This Newsletter:

Welcome from Ted McKinney

Indiana State Fair Year of the Farmer

Ten Hoosier Livestock Farmers Recognized at Annual Awards Luncheon

Renewable Fuel Standard

ISDA in the News:

'Indiana Grown' celebrates locally grown, produced products

DuPont Pioneer rededicates research facility in Indiana

Area families honored with Hoosier Homestead farm awards

2015 AgriVision Award presented at Indiana State Fair

Labels tout Indiana foods: Indiana Grown is statewide initiative aimed at promoting agriculture here at home

Key Dates:

ISDA & AgriNovus Indiana Presentation: 
Terre Haute Economic Development
- Sept. 8

ISDA Presentation: Halderman Landowner Field Day - Sept. 9

Indiana Logistics Summit - Sept. 22

ISDA Photos

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This Summer's Hoosier Homestead Ceremony honored 67 families.
Legislators visited the Indiana Grown Exhibit & the Pathway to Water  Quality 
Lt. Governor Ellspermann and Dir. Ted McKinney were featured as celebrity showman at the Supreme Showman contest.

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