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[r29] Column: County has rich farming heritage
Start Date: 10/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/2/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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County has rich farming heritage

You may have noticed a lot of agricultural action over the last few weeks as harvest season continues to move full steam ahead. Hamilton County has seen a major population influx in our cities and towns, but there is also a rich farming heritage in our county. I always love participating in the Hamilton County 4-H fair as all of the great qualities of farming are on full display. Safety is also a top priority of the program that shouldn’t be overlooked.
 
Farmers work long hours to put food on Hoosiers’ tables, and safety can become a concern. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural work is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Just recently, a man in Clayton, Ind., which is just west of Indianapolis, was killed when his tractor turned over and rolled down an embankment.  
 
The farming industry has worked to increase the safety of machinery and equipment, making roll bars and seatbelts common features of modern equipment. Even though roll bars are 99 percent effective, tractor overturns are the leading cause of death and serious injury when it comes to farming. Since 1986, manufacturers have been putting roll bars on U.S. sold tractors over 20 horsepower, but some tractors still in operation are much older. 
 
With harvest season comes more farm vehicles using the roadways, including combines and other harvesting equipment moving from one field to another. It is important to be alert and drive with caution, especially with all the construction projects going on in the county.
 
The fall season brings many joys and is truly one of my favorite times of the year; traveling around and seeing all of the markets with the fall harvest a plenty. Whether it is a pumpkin patch, an orchard or a full display of various colors of mums, you just can't beat it. 

Indiana’s tourism industry brings in approximately $7 billion in spending with the agritourism business generating a portion of that revenue. A lot of local farms have looked to expand their book of business by incorporating corn mazes, hayrides and other activities that the whole family can enjoy. I know that with Halloween around the corner and nice fall weather here to stay, I’m going to be bringing home some pumpkins and mums. Farmers’ markets might be winding down, but this is one of the best times of the year to visit them. I can taste the caramel apples just thinking about them.
 
Whatever your traditions might be, Indiana’s agriculture and agritourism industries have a lot to offer – I encourage you to stay local and visit one. To Hoosier farmers, I wish you a plentiful harvest and a safe yield this year!

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My column also appears in the Times of Noblesville.
Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: nicholas.goodwin@iga.in.gov
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