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Indiana Farmers to Escape Property Tax Hike

Indiana farmers will escape a looming increase in their property taxes. Governor Pence has signed a law blocking the state from implementing a new formula for calculating the productivity of farm soil. Assessors use that formula to as part of their calculation of what farmland is worth.

The Indiana Farm Bureau contends the Department of Local Government Finance set the wrong baseline for that formula, resulting in tax hikes for all Hoosier farmers if the law hadn‘t been passed. Instead, Purdue agronomists will assist in crafting a new formula.

The law is the first Pence has signed as governor, and the first passed by this year‘s legislature. The House and Senate won‘t start considering the rest of each other‘s proposed laws until next week, but the House fast-tracked the soil-formula bill to get it on the books as quickly as possible.

[courtesy: Indiana Network News Network.]


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Caterpillar to cut 1,400 jobs at plant in Belgium

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Construction equipment maker Caterpillar says it will cut more than one in three jobs at its Belgian plant because of high labor costs and sluggish growth in its European market.

Caterpillar Inc. says it plans to cut 1,400 of the 3,400 jobs at its plant south of Brussels alongside other measures aimed at restoring the site's competitiveness.

The facility is hampered by Europe's low growth prospects and labor costs that are so high that "it currently costs less to import machines to Europe from some other Caterpillar locations than to produce them in Brussels.

The Belgian plant, one of Caterpillar's largest globally, produces hydraulic excavators, loading vehicles, engine parts and components.

(The Peoria, Illinois-based company is the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment).

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FFA Groups promoting their missions during National FFA Week

The Watseka FFA chapter is hosting a petting zoo today. The public is welcome to stop by the Watseka High School ag shop up until 2:30 pm. All visitors are welcome to experience what the club’s mission is all about.

Area FFA groups from all communities are sponsoring several events to promote their programs.

Four members of the Milford FFA with WGFA’s (Don Elliott) audience this (Wed) morning. Jordan Schippert explained the local slogan is “Grow” ……

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Cole Burton also laid out some of the week’s activities……..

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Amanda Graf is with the Momence River Valley FFA. She says her membership has worked toward several goals this year………

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Cissna Park, Clifton Central, South Newton and Benton Central FFA members will also visit with WGFA this week.


94.1 FM, WGFA