Is Indiana the New Iowa?

first_imgWhen Dow and DuPont decided to merge into a single behemoth corporate entity, they announced they would spin off their two agricultural divisions into one all ag company. Basically, this would mean putting DuPont Pioneer together with Dow AgroSciences to form a global, $18 billion heavyweight to compete with the likes of Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, and Bayer.  The conventional thinking was that this new major ag firm would be located in Iowa, since Pioneer already had its headquarters there.  But, that is not how things turned out.While Iowa officials launched a high profile campaign to land the headquarters of the yet to be named entity, Indiana put together a low key, full court press to challenge Iowa. According to those close to the negotiations, when Dow/DuPont top execs came to Indiana they had their minds pretty much made up that things were going to Iowa. Yet, as one of the members of the Hoosier team said, “We knocked their socks off.”  A combination of a pro-business and pro-agriculture atmosphere impressed the top brass.  In the end, it was decided to have two Global Business Centers, one in Iowa and the other in Indiana.For the past decade, Indiana has been cultivating a climate that is supportive of agriculture. Not only is it supportive of agriculture within the state, but also supportive of attracting agricultural investment from outside the state.  The first round came with the renewable fuels boom. Late to the game and, well behind Iowa, Indiana made up ground quickly by attracting billions of dollars to build new ethanol and biodiesel plants in the state. In recent years, the focus has shifted to attracting food processing plants. When Governor Pence ran for his first term, the foundation of his agricultural policy was innovation in agriculture. He had the vision to make Indiana a center of research and innovation for agriculture and food production.  It is this policy that enabled the Hoosier State to put together the kind of package that was able to compete with Iowa and land this major global agricultural business.Indiana is gaining a reputation as a major ag player in other areas. As a specialist in swine genetics, Whiteshire Hamroc, based in Fort Wayne, was recently featured in Bloomberg Business news. The article focused on the growth of the animal genetics industry, especially in developing countries where demand for meat is growing.  Indiana-based Beck’s Hybrids has been making news as it expands into the Western Corn Belt; and Jiff Simmons, President of Elanco, is recognized as an international authority of innovation and food sustainability.Where Indiana is still lacking is getting the majority of Hoosiers to understand that they live in a key agricultural state.  Most of Indiana’s residents identify with motorsports, basketball, and manufacturing. Many residents of even our smaller communities see farming as a source of possible pollution rather than a source of jobs and local economic activity. More work needs to be done to get more of the 6.2 million Hoosiers on the Ag bandwagon.Indiana is celebrating its Bicentennial this year. During this celebration, there will be a lot of talk about how agriculture is part of the Hoosier heritage and of the role it played in the formation of the state and its culture. But, what also needs to be showcased is how agriculture is part of the Indiana future.  Biotechnology, life sciences, food production, and renewable energy will all see significant growth and innovation in the next 100 years.  If these become the centerpiece of the Hoosier economy and culture, look out Iowa!FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Council was correct in voting to spend $17 million dollars to renovate North Main area?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,When Dow and DuPont decided to merge into a single behemoth corporate entity, they announced they would spin off their two agricultural divisions into one all ag company. Basically, this would mean putting DuPont Pioneer together with Dow AgroSciences to form a global, $18 billion heavyweight to compete with the likes of Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, and Bayer.  The conventional thinking was that this new major ag firm would be located in Iowa, since Pioneer already had its headquarters there.  But, that is not how things turned out.While Iowa officials launched a high profile campaign to land the headquarters of the yet to be named entity, Indiana put together a low key, full court press to challenge Iowa. According to those close to the negotiations, when Dow/DuPont top execs came to Indiana they had their minds pretty much made up that things were going to Iowa. Yet, as one of the members of the Hoosier team said, “We knocked their socks off.”  A combination of a pro-business and pro-agriculture atmosphere impressed the top brass.  In the end, it was decided to have two Global Business Centers, one in Iowa and the other in Indiana.For the past decade, Indiana has been cultivating a climate that is supportive of agriculture. Not only is it supportive of agriculture within the state, but also supportive of attracting agricultural investment from outside the state.  The first round came with the renewable fuels boom. Late to the game and, well behind Iowa, Indiana made up ground quickly by attracting billions of dollars to build new ethanol and biodiesel plants in the state. In recent years, the focus has shifted to attracting food processing plants. When Governor Pence ran for his first term, the foundation of his agricultural policy was innovation in agriculture. He had the vision to make Indiana a center of research and innovation for agriculture and food production.  It is this policy that enabled the Hoosier State to put together the kind of package that was able to compete with Iowa and land this major global agricultural business.Indiana is gaining a reputation as a major ag player in other areas. As a specialist in swine genetics, Whiteshire Hamroc, based in Fort Wayne, was recently featured in Bloomberg Business news. The article focused on the growth of the animal genetics industry, especially in developing countries where demand for meat is growing.  Indiana-based Beck’s Hybrids has been making news as it expands into the Western Corn Belt; and Jiff Simmons, President of Elanco, is recognized as an international authority of innovation and food sustainability.Where Indiana is still lacking is getting the majority of Hoosiers to understand that they live in a key agricultural state.  Most of Indiana’s residents identify with motorsports, basketball, and manufacturing. Many residents of even our smaller communities see farming as a source of possible pollution rather than a source of jobs and local economic activity. More work needs to be done to get more of the 6.2 million Hoosiers on the Ag bandwagon.Indiana is celebrating its Bicentennial this year. During this celebration, there will be a lot of talk about how agriculture is part of the Hoosier heritage and of the role it played in the formation of the state and its culture. But, what also needs to be showcased is how agriculture is part of the Indiana future.  Biotechnology, life sciences, food production, and renewable energy will all see significant growth and innovation in the next 100 years.  If these become the centerpiece of the Hoosier economy and culture, look out Iowa!FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Council was correct in voting to spend $17 million dollars to renovate North Main area?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed Ask most Americans to name an agricultural state and they will say Iowa. This is due, in part, to Iowa’s impressive agricultural production in corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy, and poultry, but it is also due to the fact that Iowan’s are, for the most part, proud of agriculture.  It is part of their culture, their politics, their heritage, and their modern day identity. Agricultural issues are written about in their newspapers, broadcast on their local TV stations, and consume a good deal of their radio broadcast time.   While other states can claim all of these as well, Iowa is generally acknowledged as the leader. Yet, Iowa may have some competition. Is Indiana the New Iowa?  BY GARY TRUITT of HOOSIER AG DAILYlast_img read more

Secaucus police arrest woman for allegedly leaving child in vehicle

first_img× The 43-year-old female, who name was not disclosed, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Officers issued her a summons and released her. Miller said the child was released back to the mother. However, child services have been notified of the incident, he said.The department did not release the mother’s name, in an effort to protect the child, Miller said. SECAUCUS–Police arrested a Jersey City woman who allegedly left her 22-month-old child unattended in her car Friday afternoon, according to a department blotter. The incident happened outside the town’s TJ Maxx department store. Officers noticed the child in the car, locked, allegedly with the windows rolled up, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller. The temperature was around the 80s that day.The officers were about to smash the windows to save the child, when the mother emerged from the store and said she’d been using the bathroom. Fortunately, the child was asleep at the time, Miller said.last_img read more

L’Aquila tops off bakery

first_imgL’Aquila, an importer and distributor of Mediterranean vegetable ingredients, has launched a new range designed to fill or top lunchtime bakery snacks, including pizza, focaccia and sandwiches.These include: borlotti baked beans in a rich Italian-style tomato sauce; semi-dried spinach; chargrilled Italian aubergines and courgettes; Sicilian caponata; and Sicilian cherry tomato and green olive tapenade.Other products on offer from L’Aquila include dried and frozen wild and exotic cultivated mushrooms, truffles, chargrilled, marinated Mediterranean vegetables, sun-dried and semi-dried tomatoes, pestos, pastes, saffron and paprika.The company supplies independent retailers, multiples, department stores, catering wholesalers and food manufacturers.www.laquila.co.uklast_img read more

South Bend’s annual Gingerbread Village Competition kicks off Wednesday

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – November 30, 2020 0 441 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Previous articleIndiana voter turnout percentage highest since 1992Next articleMan wanted in Elkhart arrested for firearm possession Brooklyne Beatty (Photo supplied/downtown South Bend) The deadline to enter South Bend’s annual Gingerbread Village Competition is quickly approaching.Bakers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in the competition by submitting a handmade gingerbread house by December 3.Registration is free, and must be completed by Wednesday, December 2. It can be done online at downtownsouthbend.com.Entries should be dropped off, fully assembled, at the Courtyard by Marriott South Bend on either December 2 from 5-6 p.m., or December 3 from 12-1 p.m.The village will be on display for public viewing in the lobby from December 4-24.First place prizes will be awarded in three categories, including:Non-professional child (18 and younger)Non-professional (individual, family or group)Professional (individual or group)Entries will be judged on originality, design, craftmanship, degree of difficulty and overall appearance.For more information, click here or call Downtown South Bend at (574) 282-1110. Google+ Google+ Twitter South Bend’s annual Gingerbread Village Competition kicks off Wednesday TAGSannualcompetitionCourtyard by MarriottdecemberentriesGingerbread VillageIndianaSouth Bend last_img read more

Free FAFSA completion event set for Ivy Tech on March 29

first_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 23, 2021 0 159 Free FAFSA completion event set for Ivy Tech on March 29 Facebook WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Ivy Tech Community College) The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free, in-person FAFSA completion event at Ivy Tech in South Bend.It’s set for 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29.The goal is to grow the number of low-income students who can get good-paying jobs after college.As it stands, the number of Indiana high school seniors who have completed filing FAFSA this year is down ten percent compared to last year.The event will offer on-on-one, in-person help from InvestEd and Ivy Tech representatives.The deadline to file your FAFSA is April 15th.Anybody who wants to attend is encouraged to register by calling (574) 232-0041. Google+ Twitter Previous articleIndiana has deal with Pokagon Band not to add casinos in 16 northern countiesNext articleSenator Todd Young on the issues of the day Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Beautiful, Jersey Boys & More Set for CBS Thanksgiving Parade

first_img View Comments Star Files Performances by some of Broadway’s best and appearances by stage faves are set for CBS’ Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26. The broadcast will feature portions of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with additional performances from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Jersey Boys, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.In addition to performances from the two jukebox tuners, Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry, Allegiance star George Takei and incoming Kinky Boots headliner Wayne Brady will stop by to talk with hosts Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. Also on hand for the festivities are Justin Bieber and model Taylor Hill.Want more Broadway on Turkey Day? Flip to NBC as well, whose coverage will feature performances from Fiddler on the Roof, School of Rock, On Your Feet! and more.center_img Renée Elise Goldsberrylast_img read more

Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that Mark Bonfigli, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the technology category in New England. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Bonfigli was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Newton Hotel on June 16th.”I am excited to receive this great honor. I accept it on behalf of the Dealer.com team members who help our clients succeed every day,” commented Bonfigli. “Their hard work, dedication and creativity are the driving force behind our industry leadership. From the beginning, we have always had a strong research and development focus to keep our clients two to four years ahead of the competition and this strategy is a significant reason for our success and our clients’ success.”The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. We are proud to recognize the achievements of Bonfigli, said Kristin Keating, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Chair for New England. Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.As a New England award winner, Bonfigli is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.In New England, local sponsors include Bowne, Curran & Connors, Boston Magazine, J.Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody and AMS.About Dealer.comFounded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers NADA award-winning SmartSites ¢ website design incorporating dynamic video; user-friendly lead management tools; the best in search engine advertising and unparalleled metrics and web analytics. Excellent customer service, innovative training and proven results are just a few of the reasons why more of the top 125 dealer groups use Dealer.com than any other vendor. Dealer.com was also the 2008 top rated web provider on Drivingsales.com, the industry s largest online dealer community.Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions is the only set of tools that effectively creates a 360° view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers are easily able to track spending and determine which activities are leading to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts into targeted activities that increase sales and improve the bottom line.About Ernst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards ProgramErnst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.Burlington, VT, June 17, 2009last_img read more

Integrated infrastructure monitoring

first_imgTRACKWATCH integrated monitoring systems are designed to log all signalling activity, enabling failures to be located and potential problems to be identified. Suitable for mobile use or permanent installation at level crossings and large interlockings, the modular concept has been developed by Solartron.Isolated measurement pods are connected to spare signal relay contacts, and use low-current resistance measurement techniques to record transitions on up to 32 channels with 20ms accuracy. Signalling installations with up to 1600 relays can be monitored by one unit using a PC-based controller running Altair logging software.The controller has a modem for alarm reporting and data uploading, and a hard disc for data storage. Track circuit diagrams are used to display stored data using Altair analysis software centrally or on a portable computer. Solartron Ltd,Farnborough, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 146last_img read more

WEDA Fall 2017 Conference in Portland

first_imgImage source: WEDAThe Western Dredging Association (WEDA), Pacific Chapter Board, has announced that their Fall 2017 Conference will be held in Portland, OR.The event will take place at Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown, from Wednesday, October 25th, through Friday, October 27th, 2017.Projected agenda summary:Wednesday session: Corps/Industry Meeting from 1-3 PM, Ports Meeting 1-3 PM, 2017/18 Federal Dredging Program presentation from 3-5 PM, Hosted Ice Breaker 6-9 PM inside the Embassy Suites Hotel;Thursday’s agenda will consist of technical presentations and a luncheon;Friday morning will continue with technical presentations and conclude with Pacific Chapter business around noon.The Pacific Chapter of WEDA represents the West Coast of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska, Guam, American Samoa and Western Canada.[mappress mapid=”23760″]last_img read more

Weekend fire destroys shed

first_imgVersailles, In. — An outdoor shed was destroyed by fire Sunday morning in the Versailles area.Firefighters from the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department found the shed that housed a furnace fully involved in the 3200 block of E Olean Road at 6:38. Approximately 1,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze.The fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.last_img