New Farm Bill Information Meeting for Local Counties | August 19th

How to Sign up for our local Tippecanoe County Farm Bill Meeting

New Farm Bill Information Meeting for Local Counties | August 19th USDA new farmers indiana land for sale

Learn how to register and sign up for a New Farm Bill 2014 information session with Dr. Craig Hurt, Professor of Ag Economics, Purdue University

Farmland owners, operators and agricultural professionals interested in learning more on the 2014 Farm Bill and how it affects local Indiana farmland operations are encouraged to attend an informational session help locally at The Trails Banquet Facility.

The USDA,  FSA agency and Purdue’s own Dr. Chris Hurt, Professor of Agricultural Economics will lead this educational session. Areas of importance and focus include:

  • Farm Operator Deadlines
  • Special Requirements
  • Tools & Resources available to you

Register by Friday, August 8 by visiting or by calling your local Farm Credit Mid-America office at 1-800-444-FARM.


Meeting Location in West Lafayette, Indiana | Click here for a Google Map Link to The Trails >

August 19, 2014 – 6:30 PM
The Trails Banquet Facility and Conference Center 

325 Burnetts Rd., West Lafayette, IN 47906

Review of the 2013 Farm Land Values Report for West Central Indiana

“The West Central Indiana Region continues to have the highest per acre farmland values.”

– Up Again: Indiana’s Farmland Market in 2013 | Purdue Univerity 2013 PAER

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West Central Indiana Farm Land Values remain the strongest in the State. Transitional or Development land continues to increase in value.

Since 1991, the Purdue University School of Agricultural Economics has conducted an annual survey and report of land values and cash rents known as the PAER. Through the cooperation of farmers, land appraisers, land brokers, farm loan officers and Farm Credit and Farm Service agents from the USDA and Purdue, the annual land values report is held in high regard for it’s position on land values and cash rents.

Highlights from the Farmland Values Report Include:

  • Farmland value per bushel of projected long-term corn yield (calculated by taking farmland value divided by number of bushels) is the highest in the West Central Indiana region, ranging from $51.11 to $54.20 per bushel.
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West Central Indiana Region includes Tippecanoe, Benton, White, Carroll, Fountain, Vermilion, Parke, Putnam and Montgomery County farm land.

  • The highest per acre cash rent is $350 per acre for top quality land in the West Central region. Rents across land qualities in this region ranged from $222 to $350 per acre.
  • Land value for top quality farmland was $10,948
  • Average quality farmland was $8,955
  • Poor quality farmland was $7,206 per acre

According to the report, the West Central region also remained the strongest in the state of Indiana for cash rents of both top quality, average quality and poor quality farm land.

There is an old saying that the real estate market is always local in nature. As such, the Annual Purdue Agricultural Economics Report holds great value for our local Indiana region and the trends we may see.

As August quickly approaches, the corn and soybean crop in this region looks strong, thanks in part to a very rainy June. The release of the 2014 Purdue Ag Economics Report is anticipated as being made public in August. The data and results reported will include average land values and cash rents from 2014. Many industry publications, websites and writers have varying opinions on the market as a  whole, with many reporting it to be “more stable” and in many areas of the country on another increase. Federal banks are reporting that the farm belt is experiencing a softening, including parts of Indiana.

No matter which side of the fence you may be on, only one thing remains certain on the topic of land values in Indiana…the 2014 PAER, combined with grain markets, interest rates and input costs are a complex and ever changing formula. We look forward to the new report and as always, we welcome a conversation with you on the topic.



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USDA Service Centers in your Indiana County

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The New Farmers initiative by the USDA helps with land ownership, acquisition and other operating and conservation programs.

Finding a USDA Service Center in your local community is the best way to connect with the Farm Service Agency (FSA), learn about new programs for farm and land ownership, develop CRP programs through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)  and determine how you can add income or receive benefits to your farm land or investment / recreational land in Indiana.

Below is a full list of phone numbers and contact names for your Indiana County USDA field office and NRCS liason.

 Benton County, Indiana

FOWLER, IN 47944-1540 
USDA Service Centers in your Indiana County spacer none
(765) 884-0660
(855) 373-6989 fax

Farm Service Agency in Fowler, Indiana

Contact: Charles Westfall
County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 884-0660
Fax: (765) 884-1030
Farm Loan Manager
Phone: (219) 866-5188 x 109

NRCS Office in Benton County

Mani Phengrasmy | District Conservationist

Phone:  (765) 884-0660 x 3Fax:  (765) 884-1030Email:


Carroll County, Indiana

1523 N US HIGHWAY 421 STE 2 
DELPHI, IN 46923-8724 
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(765) 564-2849
(855) 373-6986 fax

Farm Service Agency in Delphi, Indiana

Contact: Morgan L. Thornburg
County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 564-2849
Fax: (855) 373-6986
Farm Loan Manager
Phone: (219) 866-5188 x 109

NRCS Office

Contact:  Cindy Muffett | District Conservationist

Phone:  (765) 564-2849 x 3Fax:  (765) 564-6637


Clinton County, Indiana

FRANKFORT, IN 46041-7439 
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(765) 659-1223
(855) 373-6990 fax

Farm Service Agency in Frankfort, Indiana

Contact: Brittany A. Shepherd
County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 659-1223
Fax: (765) 659-2158
Farm Loan Manager
Phone: (219) 866-5188 x 109

NRCS office in Delphi

Contact:  Brandy DaggettDistrict ConservationistPhone:  (765) 659-1223 x 3Fax:  (765) 659-2158Email:

Montgomery County, Indiana

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(765) 362-0405
(855) 366-8458 fax.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Crawfordsville, Indiana

Contact: Adam Beck
County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 362-0405
Fax: (855) 366-8458
Farm Loan Manager

NRCS office 

Contact:  David Stanley | District Conservationist

Phone:  (765) 362-0405 x 3Fax:  (765) 362-5547


Newton County, Indiana

RENSSELAER, IN 47978-7294 
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(219) 866-8554
(219) 866-5507 fax

Natural Resource Conservation Service Office

Kevin Shide | District Conservationist

Phone:  (219) 866-8554 x 3Fax:  (219) 866-5507


Tippecanoe County, Indiana

LAFAYETTE, IN 47909-7367 
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(765) 474-9992
(765) 474-1266 fax

FSA Farm Service Office in Lafayette, Indiana

Contact: Colette Zeigler-Staley
Acting County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 474-9992 x 2
Fax: (855) 374-4071
Farm Loan Manager
Phone: (219) 866-5188 x 109

NRCS office for West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County

Mark Eastman | District Conservationist

Phone:  (765) 474-9992 x 3Fax:  (765) 474-1266


Warren County, Indiana

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(765) 762-2443
(855) 387-4505 fax

FSA Office in Warren County


Contact: Patty J. Taylor
County Executive Director
Phone: (765) 762-2443
Fax: (855) 387-4505
Farm Loan Manager

NRCS Field Office Contacts

Ben Lambeck | District Conservationist

Phone:  (765) 762-2443 x 3Fax:  (765) 762-6366


White County, Indiana


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(574) 583-7622
(855) 381-5877 fax

White County FSA Office

Contact: Colette Zeigler-Staley
County Executive Director
Phone: (574) 583-7622
Fax: (855) 381-5877
Farm Loan Manager
Phone: (219) 866-5188 x 109


Whether you need advice, help with farm ownership questions or applying for a farm loan or operational loan, your Indiana USDA, FSA or NRCS office is the best resource you have. With the new 2014 Farm Bill, many updates and changes to payments, subsidies and programs could affect your farm land income. It is best to consult with your local county agent or supervisor. New Farmers  buying a farm in Indiana may have special considerations that should be taken into account. Always consult your bank, attorney and/or CPA.

CRP Contract Mid Management in Indiana

Game bird Nesting Season & Noxious Weeds

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DO NOT perform any MCM activity during nesting season!! Indiana CRP programs may include CP-33, EQUIP, WHIP, native warm season prairie grasses for upland game bird habitats and more.

In order to ensure the success of a CRP land conservation program in the State of Indiana, inspections, maintenance and attention are required to manage a healthy ecosystem for plants, and game birds such as northern bobwhite quail and ringneck pheasants. In contacts that include provisions for Mid Contract Management (MCM) it’s important to stay on top of rules and regulations for when, where and how to maintain the set-aside or easement.

The USDA and and your local NRCS / FSA office is your best resource for guidance and implementation practices.

A top concern, particularly with early establishments of warm season grasses and native prairie is the prevention of weeds such as thistle and other noxious plants. Preventing the spread of these weeds and protecting the area from damage is essential to staying in compliance with the guidelines of your CRP program.

Gamebird Nesting Season

Nesting season for bobwhite quail and ringneck pheasant are a critical time to strengthening and preserving populations. In some CRP contacts, provisions for required maintenance occur part way through the contract period.

In the State of Indiana, Mid Contract Management Activities (MCM) for 2014 should not be performed during the primary nesting season.

  • If your CRP contract was signed prior to 2007, mid contract management will not be performed from March 1 through July 15
  • If your CRP contract was signed in 2008 or after, MCM will not be performed from April 1 through August 1


All questions should be directed to your local FSA office in your county.

According to the Indiana DNR the following are the primary nesting seasons for game birds.

  • Northern Bobwhite Quail begins in May
  • Ringneck Pheasant begins in April and may last several months
  • Eastern Wild Turkeys begin nesting after mating season which can be from February to April

New Farmers in Indiana and Land Ownership Resources


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New Farmers have access to more land ownership resources with the USDA initiative for acquisition, lending and opportunities.

The launch of the new USDA Farm Bill includes special provisions for new and beginning farmers in Indiana.  From waiving service fees, to removing CRP payment reductions in emergencies such as drought, to increased or improved payments for emergency assistance, the New Farmers initiative has made headlines.

With a new website portal called New Farmers, the USDA is demonstrating a full commitment to ensuring the next generation of agriculture and land ownership carries a lower chance of financial hardship. Starting any new business is a challenge and it takes resources and programs to open the door for new farming opportunity in Indiana and across the United States.

A few highlights from the New Farmers initiative include:

  • Waiving service fees for new and beginning farmers or ranchers to enroll in the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the 2014 crop year.  NAP provides risk management tools to farmers who grow crops for which there is no crop insurance product.
  •  Eliminating payment reductions under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for new and beginning farmers which will allow routine, prescribed, and emergency grazing outside the primary nesting season on enrolled land consistent with approved conservation plans.
  • Increasing payment rates to beginning farmers and ranchers under Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).   Under this provision, beginning and farmers can claim up 90 percent of losses for lost livestock, such as bees, under ELAP.

When it comes to land ownership and the buying and selling of farms in Indiana, one of the most utilized resources is the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Widely known as the FSA, they are generally the main lender and provider of loans for land ownership for new farmers. New agriculture  is often “the lender of first opportunity” for many new and beginning producers.

Within FSA programs, new agricultural farmers and producers get top  priority for lending assistance with attractive interest rates to buy farms and land.

The 2014 Farm Bill expands on lending opportunity to buy farms and land, build and continue existing farm operations and is poised to help the next generation of agriculture crop producers be as successful as possible.

For more information, contact your local FSA agent.

Wildlife, Forests & Natural Resources Gallery

These photographs document my interest in the wildlife, forests and the natural resources of the state of Indiana and the Hoosier Heartland. From the productive agricultural land producing corn and soybeans to the state parks and conservation easement properties that preserve the quality of our water and soil.

When I grow up…

The childhood question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has been at the top of my mind lately. All the formative years growing up on the farm, riding in the combine with Dad, sitting on the tractor with Grandpa, feeding the horses and taking in the sunset as the frogs and crickets chirp have come full circle. As my professional career in farmland real estate continues to take shape, I am constantly reminded of those pleasant childhood memories each and every time I visit with a client or someone asks me “What are you up to these days?”

I’ve quickly realized that helping people find their dream property in the country, add to their farmland holdings, advising on CRP and wildlife habitat programs or simply listening to my client’s challenges about selling the family farm does not feel like work to me. It’s what I enjoy and I consider myself very lucky that I get to wake up every morning and continue on this path set before me.

There will always be farm market research, due diligence and deadlines to meet, but it doesn’t feel like work to me. Being a land broker and spending time on the farm and in the woods is what I truly enjoy. I believe it translates into helping my clients achieve their goals with their own farms and land.

With the 4th of July holiday upon us, my family and I will spend some time in the community where I grew up and as I reflect on my professional career coming full circle, I can only hope that my kids get to spend their lives with purpose – happy and content.