COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana has 47,000 farms that are 220 acres or less. More than 75 percent of the stateâ€™s farms fall into the â€śsmall farmâ€ť category, according to a 2007 Census of Agriculture. With such a high percentage of small farms in the state, agriculture legislation should be a hot topic among voters.
However, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reportedly appeared at a forum where he said rural America is â€śbecoming less and less relevant.â€ť He encouraged voters with a stake in agriculture to speak up so rural America can still have a voice.
A group of New Yearâ€™s revelers scamper into Blue Lake Tuesday afternoon for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Approximately 20 people braved the sub-freezing temperatures.
Today starts off with chilly temperatures barely in the double digits. With a high of only 25 degrees, take precautions to stay warm.
The week's forecast shows low temperatures in the mid teens and highs in the 20s. We will see a bit of a warm up over the weekend.
Don't let winter weather and cold temperatures catch you by surprise. Consider placing extra coats, blankets, socks, gloves and other items in your vehicle. In the event you should experience a break down or fender bender, you'll be able to stay warm.