Farming is hip in New England.
INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana is in good shape when it comes to water supplies, but other areas of the state may face shortages in the next half-century without planning and managing Indiana's water resources.
While time will tell whether cooler temperatures have hurt corn yields across the state, most region farmers already know heavy rains here drowned out hopes of a good crop.
Farm fields are greening up as young corn and beans shoot upward in the beginning of a growing season viewed with optimism after a late start for some local grain farmers.
Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.
Region views on agriculture
Melissa Gill, Highland | "Yes. I believe our local farmers use less pesticides than our commercial farmers. I don't buy because my husband does all of the cooking."
Yuuai Guzman, Valparaiso | "I don't which one is, but my grandparents were farmers. I have trust in the small farm produced rather than commercial. I still eat commercially grown, but I trust the homegrown more."
Kristy Evans, Portage | "Probably farm grown. I like the organics. I'm just learning about nutrition, and I find that much of the produce is now washed so that helps."
Barbara Waxman, Munster | "I think locally grown tastes better. Our farms and orchards are better. Blueberries, tomatoes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables certainly taste better."
Alison Hanania, Orland Park | "Yes, it didn't have to be shipped so far. It keeps its vitamins and minerals and also supports our local farmers."
Barry Levin, Schererville | "I would hope so. I'm assuming they're growing their produce organically. I think organics are better health-wise."
Local farmers are starting their planting operations with optimism for the growing season.
INDIANAPOLIS | The state seed commissioner is wasting no time in trying to win federal approval for Hoosier farmers to grow hemp for industrial purposes.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.
CROWN POINT | A consultant has recommended Lake County officials deny a drainage permit for the proposed Singleton Stone quarry, but county officials aren't yet ready to act on that advice.
In agriculture, trends are key. Farmers keep an eye on them to make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, how much to spend and other factors, Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's endless rows of corn and soybeans someday may be planted side by side with fields of tall, slender stalks of cannabis.
Times columnist Philip Potempa will share candy cane peppermint origins and holiday food traditions on the 8 a.m. Sunday NBC 5 Chicago television newscast.
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