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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) helps finance the cost of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements for rural small businesses and agricultural producers.

A variety of energy projects may qualify for REAP financial assistance to help you purchase, install, and construct energy projects.

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Reduce your utility bills with energy efficiency improvements

  • Install efficient lights and equipment with customizable controls to lower your electrical use. Many newer light systems also generate less heat and reduce cooling costs while improving lighting.  Lower your heating and cooling costs with equipment upgrades, insulation, programmable thermostats, and airtight windows, doors, and ducts.
  • Depending on where your business or farm is located, solar panels could offset much of your operation’s energy costs.
  • If you have enough wind and space—and if local zoning regulations permit—a small wind turbine could help you reduce energy costs.
  • Small hydropower systems (less than 30 megawatts) transform the energy of flowing water into electricity.
  • With a geothermal system, underground reservoirs of hot water can be channeled to the surface to heat buildings or generate electricity.
  • An anaerobic digester breaks down animal waste such as cow manure and other organic materials into biogas that can fuel vehicles or be used to generate electricity and heat.
  • Renewable biomass such as crops, wood, and plants, as well as biodegradable wastes such as fats, oils, and other materials can be converted into heat or biofuel.

What funding is available?

  • Grant:  REAP grants may cover up to 25 percent of a project’s eligible costs.
  • Renewable energy systems:  $2,500 minimum grant request; $500,000 maximum grant request.
  • Energy efficiency projects:  $1,500 minimum grant request; $250,000 maximum grant request.
  • Loan Guarantee:  With REAP, USDA RD may guarantee up to 85 percent of a commercial loan to help you access affordable financing for your energy project. Rates and terms are negotiated between you and your lender, subject to USDA approval.
  • Combination Guarantee and Grant:  You may combine REAP grant and loan guarantee assistance to cover up to 75 percent of eligible project costs.

Grant applications are selected for funding based on a competitive process. In order to be considered for FY 2015 funds, complete applications must be received by USDA RD not later than 4:30 PM CSTas of the following dates:

  • Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Improvement Grant and combination Grant and Guaranteed Loans: April 30, 2015
  • Second deadline: June 30, 2015

Application Deadline: 

  • Grants of $20,000 or less: October 31, 2016 and March 31, 2017;
  • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2017;
  • Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Improvement Guaranteed Loan applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

For more information about this program visit www.rd.usda.gov.

information gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed, subject to change without notice.

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FSAfarm+ Online Tool Let’s Farmers Get Data at Home vs. Local FSA Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool that helps farmers, producers and landowners access their FSA farm information from the comfort of their own homes or farm offices.  With the launch of FSAFarm+, any farmer can now search, view, and print any FSA farm data without having to visit the local county FSA office. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t stop visiting your local office, but rather gives you a way to look at crop acreage maps and more without having to make a trip to town.

The program, known as FSAfarm+, provides you with secure access to view your personal FSA data, such as base and yields, Conservation Reserve Program data, other conservation program acreage, Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation status information, field boundaries, farm imagery, name and address details, contact information and membership interest and shares in the operation. This data will be available in real time, at no cost to the producer and allow operators and owners to export and print farm records, including maps. Producers also can electronically share their data with a crop insurance agent from their own personal computer.

Farm operators and owners first will need “Level 2 eAuthentication” to access the webportal. This level of security ensures that personal information is protected for each user. Level 2 access can be obtained by going to www.eauth.usda.gov, completing the required information and then visiting your local FSA office to finalize access.

For more information on FSAfarm+, the customer self-service portal, contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, click http://offices.usda.gov.

Just a few of the features of FSAfarm+ that are appealing to be able to perform from the comfort of your own office, especially in the middle of a snow storm!

  • Farmland and cropland information
  • ACR/PLC bases and yield information
  • CRP and other conservation program acreage
  • HELC and WC status information
  • field boundaries (common land unit)
  • farm imagery
  • name and address details
  • membership interest and share information
  • contact information.
  • FSAfarm+ also allows farmers, landowners and producers to search for and print their farm and tract maps. This is a great tool for anyone considering selling a farm in Indiana as well.

For more information contact your local Indiana county FSA office

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As the economics of farming change, so do farmland values. In 2016, as commodity prices remained low and inputs remained high, land values have continued a downward adjustment.  While these changes occur rather slowly, our quarter by quarter review of the price per acre in Benton County Indiana indicates a drop of ~5 -12%   in 2016.

Avg. Price Per Acre YTD

Avg. price per acre as of March 31st was $9,965

The Avg. price per acre dropped  approx. ~6% by Sept 2016 to $9,337 per acre

Top Price Per Acre YTD | $12,435 w/ a Soil WAPI Index of 169.7 and 160 acres in one location

Low Price Per Acre YTD | $7,150 w/ a Soil WAPI Index of 146.1 and 61 acres with a ditch on farm

Overall Top Quality farmland is holding its value much better than avg. or low quality land. As always, the location, shape, soil profile, and drainage affect the value. In some cases, Wind Turbine income can still play a factor in the overall price per acre. In conclusion, we continue to see market corrections in Benton County farmland and far more buyers than sellers. Currently there are very few farms available for sale at the time of publishing this Indiana farmland values report and review.

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The opportunity to hunt on private wooded land in Indiana is a privilege that hunters hold in very high regard. It’s important to remember that each landowner may have different rules, requirements and instructions. Respecting the property owner’s wishes is important for more than just your chance to fill the freezer or the opportunity to bag a wall-hanger…it’s about safety & responsibility. Right out of the gate, especially with a new landowner or a wooded property you are hunting for the first time, get started on the right foot by building rapport and trust. Get a signed permission to hunt form at a minimum and here are a few tips to develop a long lasting hunting paradise that you can enjoy for years to come:

  • Offer to help maintain the property throughout the year (pick up trash)
  • Try mailing a letter to a landowner when asking permission to hunt
  • After the season is over, send a handwritten thank you note
  • Share in the harvest (who doesn’t like venison sausage, quail or pheasant?!?)
  • Make suggestions for improving safety
  • Communicate with neighboring landowners that you will be hunting
  • Let those around you know your location in the event of an accident
  • Never hunt private property without permission

Hunting on private property in Indiana

Learning the hunting laws, license requirements (deer, turkey, coyote, upland game birds, etc) and out of season rules well in advance of hunting season is a good idea for every hunter. Many people have questions related to Indiana code 35-47-2-1 as it pertains to hunting with a handgun without a license – when in doubt, always consult the local DNR Conservation Officer for clarification.

Last but not least, be safe out there!

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The last four (4) months of the year have several important dates that all producers and Indiana farmers may want to put in their calendars. Whether you have non-insured crops and are looking for disaster assistance or simply plan to visit your local office… here are the big dates & deadlines.

September 1: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) application closing date for value loss crops for the following year (flowers for fresh cut, onion sets, turfgrass sod, Christmas trees, aquaculture, ginseng, mushrooms, etc.)
September 5: Offices closed in observance of Labor Day
September 15: Reporting date for cucumbers (planted 6/1-8/15 in Knox County)
September 30: Reporting date for value loss and controlled environment crop (for the coming program year)
September 30: NAP application closing date for garlic, wheat, barley, rye and mint for the following year’s crop
October 10: Offices closed in observance of Columbus Day
November 1: Final application for payment for 2016 ELAP for losses occurring 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2016
November 4: Final date to submit a prevented planting claim for 2016 fall wheat with 10/20 final plant date
November 11: Offices closed in observance of Veteran’s Day
November 15: Reporting date for perennial grazing and forage crops (alfalfa, grass, mixed forages, clover, etc.)
November 15: Final date to submit a prevented planting claim for 2016 fall wheat with 10/31 final plant date
November 15: NAP application closing date for perennial grazing and forage crops (alfalfa, grass, mixed forages, clover, etc.)
November 20: NAP application closing date for apples, apricots, aronia (chokeberry), asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes, hops, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries
November 24: Offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day
December 1: NAP application closing date for honey for the following year
December 15: Reporting date for 2016 fall mint, fall-seeded small grains
December 16: Deadline Extended: MPP-Dairy 2017 registration and election ends
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4 Tips for Buying Land on Contract

Buying wooded property, hunting land or Indiana farmland on contract can be accomplished when the buyer and seller agree to some pretty simple terms and requirements. Typically a buyer puts a down payment on the real estate of X% and the seller of the land becomes “the bank.”

The seller finances the remaining balance of the agreed upon purchase price, a certain interest rate and any other terms including default, possession, taxes, insurance, etc. Land contracts can vary in terms of length, amortization as well as other details such as closing costs, title and survey. The general rule of thumb though, is that the seller carries the loan for a fixed number of years, earning interest from the “contract sale” and at the end of the term a balloon payment (purchase balance due) is made to pay off the land in full.

Prior to entering into a contract sale, it is advisable to have an attorney or real estate broker review the contract. Land contracts in Indiana could have special challenges, and every buyer should take full consideration of every item in a legally binding contract.

Remember that the “legal title” to the farm, wooded property or land remains with the seller until the buyer makes the final payment. Once payment has been made in full and the conditions of the land for sale on contract are met, then the deed will be transferred, filed and recorded in the new owners name. Remember that you may incur closing costs & fees with this deed and should plan accordingly with the land contract.

As a buyer, defaulting on a payment or series of payment on a land contract can result in legal action and the forfeiture of the land and all money paid.  In other words, if the buyer fails to pay, the seller keeps all money received, plus the seller keeps the land real estate.

Only certain sellers will entertain selling land in Indiana on contract. Work with a land broker & real estate agency that has relationships with landowners that understand the pros and cons of contract sales and who are well-versed in creating win-win scenarios for the buyer and seller.

Since 1977 we have helped buyers and sellers learn about the process of purchasing a parcel or tract of real estate on a contract. Many of our most satisfied clients started by asking us, “What is a land contract?” and “How does it work?” Several of the farms, wooded hunting properties and development land parcels we have for sale can be purchased on an installment land contract. For more information call us direct at 765-427-1619

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Helping you buy & sell wooded property on or near the Tippecanoe River and Lake Freeman is one of our specialties. Whether you are interested in deer hunting, turkey hunting or fishing and recreation, we list real estate for sale and can help you find land that is available for private sale.

Our extensive network of wooded property owners, farmers and land investors helps us connect buyers & sellers of woods, wooded land and hunting and fishing property in Carroll, White, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Benton, Warren and Fountain County Indiana

From unique hunting properties, to weekend retreats and country getaways, we help people like you make the dream a reality. Whether you want to buy land or need a reputable land real estate broker to help you sell your property, we are the trusted team Since 1977.

As land specialists, we work exclusively with landowners that have unique properties that include streams, creeks, river frontage, fishing ponds and more.

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Located in Carroll County, Indiana this wooded land is 5 miles from the Tippecanoe River and Lake Freeman and an ideal hunting property with fishing & recreational opportunities – potential for a home site or build a cabin too!

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The annual PAER Agricultural Economy guide, reports on farmland values across the entire state of Indiana. One of the most respected surveys of agribusiness professionals, lenders and farmer operator producers, the report will highlight the trends in land prices and the price per acre.

The Full Report will be release in a matter of days and we will provide a full review of land prices of Top quality, average and low quality land throughout West Central Indiana counties of Tippecanoe, Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Carroll, Clinton, White and Newton.

Whether you are searching for Purdue’s research findings on Cash Rent in 2016 or the results of the Purdue land value survey, we will get you the full details and link to the annual Purdue Agricultural Economics report 2016.

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