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U.S. Grain Entrapments AFBF’s Educational Game Updated Page 3 Danger Down on the Farm Page 5 60 50 Non‐fatal 26 Fatal 40 22 30 15 17 19 20 31 10 16 17 11 19 11 8 0 Chart information courtesy of Purdue University  INSIDE: News in Brief................ 2 Around Farm Bureau.... 3 Leadership Development... 4 Communication............ 7 Around IFB................... 8 The Hoosier Farmer ® A Publication for Voting Members of Indiana Farm Bureau OCTOBER 7, 2013 Issue No. 44 Fun, philanthropy on the convention schedule —By Mindy Reef Public Relations Team While much of IFB’s state convention is designed with serious work in mind – sharing the kind of information that will improve your farm, your county Farm Bureau or your community – there are activities throughout the event that feature fun, and some offer the chance to contribute to good causes. Cookies and Canvas is a new activity. Based on the popular Wine and Canvas events, Cookies and Canvas offers participants a chance to recreate a piece of art under the instruction of an artist who gives step-by-step directions. Participants are provided the materials they need to create their version of the selected masterpiece – easel, canvas, paint, brushes and an apron to wear during the process. The Cookies and Canvas Stallman: Congress must finish a farm bill this year —From the AFBF Information Team The farm bill is an economic stimulus bill that creates jobs and helps small businesses and rural communities every year, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. Congress can – and must – finish a farm bill this year, Stallman said in remarks presented on Sept. 19 to the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. The current farm bill expired Oct. 1. “The only extension Farm Bureau supports is a fiveyear extension that looks a lot like the new farm bill that is working its way through Congress,” Stallman said. Although many political pundits in Washington and around the countryside are skeptical about the odds for passage of a farm bill in 2013, Stallman is optimistic. “I am confident that Congress can pass a five-year farm bill this year,” he said. Touching on another issue Indiana Farm Bureau P.O. Box 1290 Indianapolis, IN 46206 important to Farm Bureau, Stallman said the U.S. will lose billions of dollars in agricultural production to other countries if problems with the current immigration system are not solved. “We need to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to hire the foreign workers they need,” he said. “We need Congress to pass immigration reform now.” Authorization and funding of lock and dam projects is another critical issue on Farm Bureau’s agenda. “More than $20 billion worth of farm exports travel on our inland waterways,” Stallman said. “More and more of those waterways transportation structures are aging, failing or just plain outdated and obsolete,” he concluded. The ABC of Kansas City is an alliance of individuals, businesses and organizations that advocate growth and awareness of the food, fiber, agri-science and related industries in the Kansas City region. sessions are on Friday, Dec. 13. The first runs from 9-11 a.m.; the second from 2:304:30 p.m. The cost for Cookies and Canvas is $25 and includes art materials and cookies. Sign up is available through the convention registration at or by calling Tracie Trent, 317-692-7846. Sessions are limited to 50 people. Participants must bring cash or check to their session in the exact amount due; no credit cards are accepted. A condensed trade show will feature booths from IFB’s commodity partners, ag businesses and gifts. The trade show runs Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-noon. The State Young Farmer Committee is organizing the silent auction, which will benefit the Feeding America food bank network, inside the trade show area. The committee is taking items from counties to donate to the silent auction; please contact your county president or district Young Farmer representatives if you have an idea or an item to contribute. The committee suggests unique or local food products, framed photos, art, etc., valued at $25-$50. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops, For the most current information on IFB’s state convention, visit featuring contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music, is the entertainment option for this year’s convention. Tickets for Farm Bureau members will start at $10, with the opportunity to pay more to get better seats. Proceeds from IFB tickets will benefit Community Harvest Food Bank. The show is Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. The philharmonic performs at the Embassy Theatre, directly across the street from the convention center. Back into the world of serious work, young farmers (age 35 and under) still have time to sign up for the Discussion Meet, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Discussion Meet topics, a full set of rules and online registration are available on the IFB website,, under the “Programs” menu under “Young Farmer” and then “Discussion Meet.” The deadline to sign up is Nov. 1. State convention is Dec. 13-14 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. More information, including a complete schedule, is available on the convention website or by calling Trent. The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the group rate is Nov. 1. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Berne, IN Permit NO. 43 The IFB District 2 Young Farmers organized a work day at the farm of Kent and Cheryl Hoffman, Whitley County. Kent was paralyzed in an accident more than a year ago, and Farm Bureau volunteers that included young farmers and board members from Elkhart, DeKalb, Kosciusko, Noble and Whitley counties came out on Sept. 14 to clean up around the barns and also from a remodeling that church members did while Kent was in the hospital. At the far left are Kent, Cheryl and Eric Hoffman. Pictured with them (standing, from left): Mike Hertsel, Travis Adams, Scott Burton, James Kemble, Orville Haney, Tina and Jon Goon and Nichole Smith. Kneeling: George, Sarah and Elizabeth Hertsel and Kevin Ousley. Not pictured are Katy Darr and Susan Lawrence. Photo by John Newsom

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