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2003: Michigan lost 1.2M acres farmland in 20 years
55 years ago
Farm implement sale of Schaefer Implement Co. in Hope, Ind.; partial listing consists of: 1938 CC Case; 1944 H tractor; 1946 John Deere A; F-20 Farmalls; 1956 Cub; 1949 H Farmall; F-12 International on rubber; 1945 M Farmall; No. 64 combine, engine-driven; 4-row Black Hawk planter; 1-row semi-mounted John Deere picker; 1-row Woods Bros. corn picker; 1949 13-7 Co-op wheat drill; and lots more.

An open house was held at the new egg factory in Wilkinson owned by Tom and Jim Boese, who own and operate the Shirley Feed Mill. Currently the factory has 1,340 seven-month-old chicks and 1,000 15-week-old chicks that are fed and watered automatically.
Sam Brandenburg, Southport, lost 50 dairy cattle in a fire of undetermined origin that razed his huge barn. A new tractor, milking machines, baled hay and silage destroyed made a total loss of more than $50,000.

40 years ago
Nine sows and a Black Angus calf, found last Sunday afternoon on the John Hackleman farm in Posey Township in Fayette County, were to be picked up by the owner, A.J. Fairchild, operator of the sale barn north of Spiceland in Henry County.

A total of 467 feeder pigs were sold at the Muscatatuck Valley Feeder Auction Assoc. facilities located at North Vernon. The feeders averaged 60.8 pounds and brought $60.77 per cwt. for a total of $34.10 per head. The gross sale price was $15,926.34.
The Village Inn of Milroy, Ind., dinner specials: Monday-Saturday, Sirloin Butt $2.49, Strip $2.99, 16-ounce T-bone $3.99; Friday and Saturday evenings, Fried Chicken Dinner, $1.69; and Sunday morning, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, 75 cents.

25 years ago

Stan Ray & Son, Greenville, Ohio, engine reconditioning specialists: Tractor Engine Kits, JD 4430, 4630, $995; Int. 966, 1066, 1086, D, DT414, $925; Case 1070, 1090, $850; 400 Ford engine kit, $105; Cummins Engine Kit 855 in Chassis, $725; Turbos, most agricultural, $275.

Dale Humphrey of Springville, Ind., has been named president of the National Cattlemen’s Assoc. Humphrey and his wife, Peggy, operate a 1,900-acre operation with their son, Brian, where they have a 400-cow commercial herd.

Agriculture Commissioner Ward “Butch” Burnette and State Veterinarian Dr. Don Notter have announced Kentucky has been proclaimed a bovine tuberculosis-free state.

10 years ago

Used equipment for sale: 1999 JD 1860 36-foot Air Seeder, markers, SD count, $65,000; 2002 JD 1560 30-foot drill, markers, grass SD, $59,700; 2002 JD 750 30-foot drill, $39,000; 1998 JD 1780 12/23 Vac, Mon, Liq. Fert., $50,500; 2002 JD 1770 24 R Vac, Insect, Mkrs., $91,500 – JD Equipment, Ohio.
Waitt Companies, Inc., of Cicero, Ind., handles Apache high-capacity, high-clearance sprayers. Models 700 series, 800 series and 1200 series – the dependability of mechanical drive and the smooth ride of hydraulic suspensions.

According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, Michigan has lost more than 1.2 million acres from production farming since 1982.