5/28/2013: Our own Melissa Gerber was interviewed by DTN on Health Reform. You can read the story here.
5/24/2013: Nitrogen sidedressing has begun!
Side-dressing is one of the most economical and environmental ways of applying nitrogen. To be effective, nitrogen (N) fluids must be applied in the right amount, at the right time and at the right location for the corn plant. It is vital that crops get the most out of the N applied if yields are to be maximized.
5/13/2013: Tom Farms is now hiring. We are looking for a qualified Applicator. Read here for more information.
5/13/2013: We had quite an experience today with the arrival of a 1920's Chevrolet CarClub stopping by our grain facility for a quick tour. Among the group, 12 different states were represented, Washington being the furtherst away. Thanks again for stopping by and we hope you enjoy the rest of your journey!
Today the news from the USDA announcing the Intent to Prepare Environmental Impact Statements for Genetically Engineered Plants Under Review for Deregulation comes as a disappointment to many of us producers across the US. See following link: www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom Our disappointment is that we as crop producers have to bear the consequences of weed resistance that is rapidly expanding across much of the main crop producing regions of the US resulting in loss of yields and the increase in acres subject to resistant weeds. The disappointment is that there are solutions that will help stop the issue in its tracks that has been developed from Industry leaders such as DOW and Monsanto. This solution uses crop protection products (2,4-D and Dicamba)that have been used by farmers since the 1960’s with minimal weed resistance occurring. These crop protection products coupled with seed traits that have been proven to be safe are our only currently available tool to stop the yield robbing impact of weed resistance. Further delay by the USDA and EPA will only harm our ability to do our part helping to feed a growing world safely and affordably.
The Agriculture Industry from the many scientist involved in the development of this technology to the farmer who will use it have already spent significant resources in terms of time and capital to helping all of the stakeholders from USDA to consumers understand the safety and efficacy of the technology. So I and many fellow producers are disappointed today by the action of the USDA to further delay the access of a much needed tool to support our issue with resistant weeds.
I am available for further comment by phone at: 574-453-3300 or follow me on twitter @kiptom
5/9/2013 2013 Planting Progress
5/8/2013: Thank You Madison School Kindergartners! All of you were great on your farm tour today and we hope that you enjoyed it!
5/7/2013 2013 Planting Progress
5/7/2013: Changing Perspective - Check out this blog by our own Megan Pickslay. Megan works in the front office as an Administrative Assistant. Being "new" to agriculture, you can see another side of agriculture through the eyes and words of Megan.
5/6/2013: Kassi and the Tom Farms Team have been doing a great job at keeping everyone updated with pictures and updates on the Tom Farms Facebook page. You can check it out here.
5/5/2013 2013 Planting Progress
5/1/2013: New planting pictures have been uploaded to our gallery located here. Check back often for new pictures and updates as we progress through the season!
4/30/2013: With the wet spring we have been having, area farmers have not been able to get in to the fields until recently and only on a few fields. We are hoping that Mother Nature cooperates and allows us and America's Farmers do what we love, plant the seeds that grow the grain to help feed our wonderful country. Here's to a safe and productive planting season.
4/28/2013: Did you ever want to know how to grow an acre of corn? In 1923 the United States Department of Agriculture release a bulletin to show you how. Check in out here. Thanks for finding this Kip.
4/9/2013: With the weather suitable for spring planting, please remember roadway safety. You can hear a safety message from our own Blaine and Ernie playing on Willie 103.5 and here.
3/18/2013: The Paper: A day in the life of Everrett Tom. Read page 30 Here.
3/14/2013: Help Keep Our Roads Safe This Spring - Learn More Here
3/1/2013: The WSBT weather team was out at the farm ealier this week! If you missed the clip on the tv, you can watch it here.
2/8/2013: Heritage Hoosiers Voting is now LIVE! Go to the Tom Farms Facebook page to view each participant and vote for the one you believe should be the next Heritage Hoosier!
2/4/2013: Kip Tom talks with Succesful Farming's Dave Mowitz about the challenges and opportunities ahead in the next 5-10 years at the 2013 Ag Connect Expo. Watch it here
1/13/2013: Furthering Education - Melissa Gerber and Kassi Rowland complete Unit II The Executive Program for Agricultre Producers (TEPAP) Program.
1/4/2013: Tom Farms is proud to present the Heritage Hoosiers Program, showcasing some of Kosciusko County's brightest young adults focused on the future of Agriculture. Please follow us and Willie 103.5 to learn about the participants and remember to vote for your favorite on the Tom Farms Facebook page. You can learn about each participant here.
11/9/2012: Today, the Tom Farms team said goodbye to Ryan and Taylor, this years interns. Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication you showed us.
11/8/2012: Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation honors local innovators and entrepeneurs. Congragulations to Rinker Boats, Paragon Medical, Da-Lite Screens, Medtronic, Penquin Point and Tom Farms. Read more here.
10/17/2012: Kip Tom joins AG CONNECT at NAFB - Read more HERE
9/29/2012: With the conclusion of Seed Corn Harvest and a dry forecast, the Tom Farms Team is running full speed ahead with Soybean and Commercial Corn Harvest.
Remember roadway safety as there will be extra trucks and equipment on the roads.
9/24/2012: Tom Farms would like to thank all of those supporting the Seed Corn Harvest, including the Picker Operators, Dump Cart Operators, Truck Drivers and all of the Support Staff at Monsanto's Remington Plant.
9/7/2012: The Enduring Legacy: Essential Family Business Values. Succession planning in family businesses often deals exclusively with the passing of financial assets and management skills to the next generation. In this book, however, Lance Woodbury suggests that furthering the family’s legacy requires a focus on the values that define the organization. Intending to encourage family members and business partners to pay close attention to their guiding principles, Woodbury offers more than two dozen values, gleaned from his years as consultant, mediator and facilitator, capturing the essence of successful family businesses in our day.
8/23/2012: Thank you to all of those who joined our Annual Appreciation Dinner this evening. We hope that you enjoyed the food and friendship.
8/23/2012: Seedcorn harvest has begun! As a reminder, harvest time means increased machinery traffic on our Hoosier Roadways. Please be cuatious.
INDIANAPOLIS Wednesday, Lt. Governor
Becky Skillman presented the 2012 AgriVision
Award to Kip Tom, managing member of Tom
Farms, at the Celebration of Agriculture event in
the Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fair.
The award, now in its sixth year, is given to a
Hoosier who has demonstrated exemplary
leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana
Congo Governor Visits Kosciusko County Farms
Congo Governor Kabasu Babu Katulondi visited several Kosciusko County farms Thursday to learn about local farm operations and how the methods can be applied to his country. Governor Kabasu visited Eagle Creek Farms, Fred Beer Dairy Farms and Tom Farms.
The Tom Farms Team is looking forward to joining the community at the Leesburg and Milford Memorial Day Parades. We hope to see you out there! You can view the pictures here.
The Tom Farms Team is looking forward to hosting ~65 Kindergartners! During the farm tour on May 9th, they will learn about agriculture, where food and produce come from, farming, cattle and much more.
A few of us at the farm will be volunteering this Wednesday, if you would like more information, please contact Kassi Rowland at 574-453-3300 X202
"Indiana Farmer Defends Next Gen Herbicide Crop System" by Kip Tom as Interviewed by Hoosier Ag Today. Read the full article here.
Kip Tom awarded Purdue University APEX Award. This award is presented by the Department of Agricultural Economics and is in recognition of those individuals with a strong connection to the Department of Agricultural Economics who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. The APEX Award represents the convergence of accomplishment in the lives of our honorees.
Beginning in April, 2012 Tom Farms will be displaying numerous billboards highlighting roadway safety. The purpose is to keep our community safe during this coming planting season. You can view aPublic Roadway Safety Tip Pamplet Here.
Women to Women: Educating Women about Farm Commodity Marketing Sponsored by Purdue Extension. Pre-Registration is required (Download the Registration Form Here). January 25th, 2012 in Winona Lake
9/9/2010: Watch the 2010 BASF publication featuring Kip Tom here.
Seed Corn Harvest
Tom Farms Second Annual Landloard Appreciation Dinner was a success!
Thank you to all of the staff and their hard work and dedication to making everything come together. We would also like to thank all of those that attended the event. We really appreciate all that you do for us and look forward to a long lasting relationship with you and your families!