local food

Indiana’s state-run local food label hopes a new influx of cash from the legislature will help to court more businesses that sell local products.

It’s the first direct state funding the Indiana Grown program has received.

The state Department of Agriculture scraped the program together from existing funding the last two years, says commissioner Ted McKinney.

They recruited 800 members, he says. Nearly all of them are local producers.

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Craft beer now makes up a quarter of the beer market in the U.S., which means brewers are eager for ways to stand out. For some, that means buying hops locally -- even in Indiana.

It's encouraging more and more upstart Hoosier growers to invest long-term in the trendy crop.

Steve Howe is one of them. His Crown Point backyard doubles as Howe Farms. Past a pen of piglets and fluffy Scottish Highland cows, Howe is growing a tiny forest of hops.

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A lot of places have claimed to be the so-called “Shrimp capital of the world,” including Brunswick, Georgia, Morgan City, Louisiana, and, most recently, Mazatlán, Mexico.

More than 2000 miles north of Mazatlán, though, shrimp farmers in Indiana are working to add the Hoosier State to that list. The state is home to a growing number of what are known as “inland shrimp farms.”

Indiana Farm Bureau

After 14 years of service, Don Villwock will retire from his position as president of the Indiana Farm Bureau later this year.

"We have good potential successors that are going to run for my slot," Villwock says. "And we’ll have an election at our annual meeting on the seventeenth of November, so those folks will be out campaigning with our members."

Villwock says the Farm Bureau faces different issues now than it has before, and that makes this a good time to look for new ideas and leadership.

New Label For Hoosier Foods Next Month

Jun 12, 2015
Indiana Grown

Indiana‘s branding effort for homegrown foods is gearing up for a rollout next month. Products made entirely with Indiana ingredients will incorporate a "100-percent Indiana Grown" logo into their labels, or on separately affixed stickers.