Business briefs: Women in Business conference Nov. 11


GREENFIELD – A Women in Business conference will be hosted by Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

Participants can learn from other business leaders in their journey in business and leading organizations in the community. Cost is $50 and the event will be at NineStar Connect, 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.

There are also sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, visit or call 317-477-4188.

Purdue receives organic cropping study grant

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to explore the ecology of organic cropping systems in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Purdue, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Western Illinois University in Macomb, will assess weed, insect and pathogen pressure on corn, soybeans and small grains cultivated under standard and ecologically intensified organic farming systems, along with comparing yields across systems.

The fieldwork will take place at the Northeast Purdue Ag Center, the University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station and the Western Illinois University Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm.

State, county unemployment rate remains below national average

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate in September remains at 2.8%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hancock County’s rate is 1.8%., down from what it was inAugust at 2.4%. By comparison, the national unemployment rate in September stands at 3.5%, compared to 3.7% in August.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate held at 63.4% in September, remaining above the national rate of 62.3%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,401,036 — a decrease of 707 from the previous month.

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 10,500 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 93,600 jobs from this time last year. Indiana once again is experiencing a peak in private employment, which now stands at 2,773,600. Industries that experienced job increases in September included leisure a nd hospitality, professional and business services, financial activities, construction and private educational and health services.

As of Oct. 19, there were 143,452 open job postings throughout the state. In September, 16,537 people in Indiana received unemployment benefits.