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State of the Community meeting in January

GREENFIELD – The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “State of the Community” member meeting at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at NineStarConnect, 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.

Guest speakers are Jeannine Gray, Hancock County Council; Mayor Chuck Fewell, city of Greenfield; Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Health; and Randy Sorrell, Hancock Economic Development Council.

Visit greenfieldcc.org to register. Those interested in prepaying for 2023 membership luncheons may also fill out a form or email [email protected].

Top Farmer Conference set for Jan. 6

WEST LAFAYETTE — Farmers can stimulate their thinking about agriculture’s future and how to be successful in the years ahead at Purdue University’s annual Top Farmer Conference Jan. 6.

Farm management experts and agricultural economists from Purdue, the University of Kentucky, Iowa State University, Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co. Inc., and Halderman Real Estate & Farm Management will be on hand to guide participants on how to analyze financial challenges and discuss opportunities for their operations.

This year’s conference features sessions on the interest rate outlook and how it will impact farms, what’s ahead for farmland values, key factors affecting used farm machinery values and understanding the drivers of fertilizer prices. The conference will conclude with a presentation on the outlook for corn and soybeans as well as a longer view of what’s ahead for the U.S. agriculture economy and the management implications.

The one-day conference will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at Purdue’s Beck Agricultural Center, 4550 U.S. 52, West Lafayette. Registration is $150. Remote participation is available.

The conference is sponsored by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and Farm Credit Mid-America. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Zahn at [email protected] or 765-494-7004, or visit https://purdue.ag/topfarmer.

State unemployment rate holds steady

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate in November remains at 3.0%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate in November remains at 3.7%.

In addition, Indiana’s labor force participation rate is 63.2% for November, remaining above the national rate of 62.1%. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3,394,935 – a decrease of 2,463 from the previous month.

Private sector employment in Indiana increased by 9,000 jobs over the last month, translating to a gain of 74,500 jobs from this time last year. Indiana once again is experiencing a peak in private employment, which now stands at 2,791,500. Industries that experienced job increases in November included leisure and hospitality (+3,000); trade, transportation and health services (+2,200); private educational and health services (+1,300); financial activities (+700); and construction (+600).