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Purdue-affiliated apple gaining popularity for organic production in France

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST

A French company has obtained worldwide exclusive rights to Juliet, a Purdue-affiliated apple gaining popularity for organic production.

Three Purdue professors elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:07:00 EST

Three Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

Carbon’s economic damage costlier than thought based on current science

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

The data used to calculate the damage that an additional ton of carbon dioxide has on the global economy has long relied on outdated science. Recent updates modeled by the University of California, Davis and Purdue University raise the calculations of those costs significantly and change the outlook on climate change from a positive for agriculture to a negative.

Bountiful harvests will likely keep holiday food prices manageable, Purdue ag economist says

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Consumers planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year can expect to pay less for turkeys, compared to 2016. The prices of other holiday staples, such as dressing, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, should remain about the same or increase only slightly, according to an analysis by Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist.

Purdue study clarifies, quantifies Indiana’s ‘digital divide’

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

As Indiana legislators weigh options for increasing high-speed internet access in the state, a new report by the Purdue Center for Regional Development shows the economic benefits of expanded broadband service could outweigh the development costs and generate up to $10 million in growth for some counties over the next 15 years.

Widespread chemical contaminants stunt growth of amphibians

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

A series of synthetic chemicals widely used in household products, food packaging and clothing have a significant effect on the development of frogs, even at low doses, according to a Purdue University study.

Purdue poised to improve sorghum for millions with $5 million grant

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:54:00 EST

Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers, thanks to a $5 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Purdue Top Farmer Conference focused on strategies for 2018

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will present the 50th Top Farmer Conference on Jan. 9 at the Beck Agricultural Center. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Jan. 8 at the same location.

Purdue, Ag Retailers partner with Arizona State for 2018 management academy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the Agricultural Retailers Association are partnering with Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business to present the 2018 ARA Management Academy, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, on the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona.

Without more prescribed burns, U.S. forest fires are 'going to get worse,' specialist predicts

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

With wildfires causing widespread destruction in California, Montana and other states, officials have been investing millions into containing and suppressing massive wildfires. Despite those efforts to contain the fires, nature eventually must run its course — which contributed to record-breaking fires this year, according to a firefighter and wildfire consulting specialist.

Purdue food science professor receives national teaching award

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST

Purdue University professor of food science Suzanne Nielsen was honored as one of two recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences for 2017. Nielsen has been a professor at Purdue since 1983. She served as department head for 10 years, currently serves as a faculty fellow for the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships, and continues to teach her signature course, 'Food Analysis.'

Akridge named Purdue provost, executive VP for academic affairs and diversity

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:02:00 EST

Purdue President Mitch Daniels on Tuesday (Nov. 7) announced that Jay Akridge has been named the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, effective immediately. Akridge has served in the position in an interim capacity since July 1.

Ag Economy Barometer: Producers more optimistic in October

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Producer sentiment toward the agricultural economy improved slightly in October, according to a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the United States.

Purdue Extension educators honored with annual awards

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

The Indiana Extension Educators Association presented its annual award to county educators during Purdue Extension’s Professional Development Conference last week.

Purdue Extension honors outstanding service to the state of Indiana

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

John Baugh, Purdue’s director of Agricultural Services and Regulations, and two Purdue Extension professionals were honored for outstanding service to the state as part of Extension’s annual Professional Development Conference.

Strengthening Families program leads top awards from Purdue Extension

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

A program that helps Indiana families maintain positive and productive relationships has earned the Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialists Association’s top award.

Students can gain job skills during Red Card firefighter training in December

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

The demand for firefighters capable of combating wildfires was brought into sharper focus this year. As fires raged across the western regions of the United States, including Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and, more recently, California, tens of thousands of firefighters were called upon to help battle the flames.

Indiana Horticultural Congress offers lessons for vegetable farmers

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Vegetable farmers will be able to learn new information and techniques during the 2018 Indiana Horticultural Congress Feb. 13-15, 2018, at the Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St., in Indianapolis.

New app makes it easier for farmers to identify, manage corn ear rots, mycotoxins

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

A new mobile app developed by researchers from Purdue University and the University of Arkansas will make it easier for farmers to access information about corn ear rot and mycotoxins.

Yang named Purdue director of digital phenomics

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Yang Yang, a Dow AgroSciences research scientist specializing in plant sensing technology, has been named director of digital phenomics at Purdue University.

Competition gives high school students insights into challenges facing agronomists

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

When farmers try to calculate the outcome of another growing season, they must add a host of unknowns into the equation - from weather conditions to pest infestations. As dozens of high school students recently discovered, agronomists play a critical role in lowering those risks.

Purdue thiamin work featured as agriculture research success story

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University is among 11 U.S. research institutions recently highlighted for their successful research programs funded by the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The recognition was included in a report released by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation.

Farmer Veteran Coalition meeting Nov. 11 in North Salem

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Veterans, active military, and their families are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Indiana, Nov. 11 at Blue Yonder Organic Farm in North Salem.

Tuinstra named fellow of American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Mitch Tuinstra, scientific director of Purdue University’s Institute for Plant Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).

Farmers can cut energy bills, gain federal incentives through audit

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers constantly evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm.

Indiana Horticultural Congress set for Feb. 13-15

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Growers of fruits, vegetables, wine grapes or flowers can learn more about production practices, processing, marketing, agritourism, pest and disease control, farm management and food safety at the Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show, Feb. 13-15, at the Marriott East Hotel, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis.

SW Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit set for Nov. 17

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension and Dubois Strong, a public-private partnership to promote economic growth in Dubois County, will host the 2017 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit on Nov. 17.

Purdue’s Adesina, Lusk honored at World Food Prize Symposium

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:23:00 EDT

The Purdue University College of Agriculture was well represented at the 2017 World Food Prize Symposium, with alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina receiving the prestigious World Food Prize and Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, presented with the Borlaug CAST Communication Award.

‘Let’s go outside’ is gaining popularity as a part of Indiana teachers’ curriculum

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

When third-grader Anna McCloud learned the name of a bird flying near her school in Lafayette, Indiana, she was somewhat astounded.

Conservation and development groups have much to learn from each other

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Non-profit organizations and governments in countries around the world make direct payments to people in return for socially responsible behavior, but there is limited collaboration between those pushing primarily for improved living conditions and those pursuing environmental sustainability.

Apple trees bear more fruit when surrounded by good neighbors

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:27:00 EDT

Apple growers want to get the most out of their high-value cultivars, and a Purdue University study shows they might want to focus on the types of apples they plant near those cash crops.

Purdue leads climate change initiative to help Hoosiers better understand risks

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University’s Climate Change Research Center is leading a new statewide initiative to compile the latest scientific research into a series of reports designed to provide Indiana decision makers with accessible, understandable and timely information about climate change impacts.

Purdue student named Udall Foundation Scholar

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The Udall Foundation has named Purdue University student Sabrina Myoda a 2017 Udall Scholar.  Myoda is among 50 U.S. students across the nation to receive the prestigious award.

Explore sustainable farming funding opportunities in free SARE webinar

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Are you trying to find a source of funds to use on your farm to compare the sustainability of one production or marketing practice to another? Would some additional funds facilitate your efforts to teach youth about sustainable practices?

‘Can we feed the world in 2050?’: Purdue president to lead expert panel discussion on looming global food shortage

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:40:00 EDT

With the world population on pace to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, there is increasing concern about our ability to produce enough food to feed people around the globe. Food shortages already are impacting countries like South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Venezuela in unprecedented numbers and with severe consequences. Millions are on the brink of famine.

Purdue professor receives $200,000 Pew grant for innovative biotechnology research

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

As part of a new grant program, the Pew Charitable Trusts recently awarded Barbara Golden, a Purdue University professor of biochemistry, a two-year grant to support her lab’s development of a programmable RNA enzyme to build new customized proteins.

Spero Energy gains $100,000 competitive grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance biobased products

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Spero Energy Inc. has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural market.

Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop set for December

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Have you recently started your own direct-to-consumer farming operation? To learn invaluable information about legal issues related to farming, attend the Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region scheduled Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Discovery Hall, Suite 201, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis.

Winners named in sheep shearing competition

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Two competitors were named champions in the 2017 Indiana State Fair sheep shearing competition, sponsored in part by the Sheep and Wool Market Development Program (SWMDP) based at Purdue University.

Producer optimism about the future wanes in September report

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Producers’ optimism about the future of the agricultural economy fell in September, according to the Index of Future Expectations, a sub-index of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

California animal welfare laws led to higher egg prices, lower production

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:06:00 EDT

Laws that changed animal confinement standards in California raised the price of eggs dramatically upon adoption and have kept prices higher than had the laws not been enacted, according to a Purdue University study. An analysis of the laws’ effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation.

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.

Indiana Flower Growers Association Conference set for October

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Horticulturists and greenhouse operators will have an opportunity to network with industry experts and Purdue Extension specialists during the 2017 Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Purdue Conference.

New kinase detection method helps identify targets for developing cancer drugs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University researchers have developed a high-throughput method for matching kinases to the proteins they phosphorylate, speeding the ability to identify multiple potential cancer drug targets.

Workshop helps answer the question, 'Who gets the family farm?'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

One of the toughest challenges facing Hoosier farmers has nothing to do with unpredictable weather, price fluctuations and damaging infestations. It has to do with the question inevitably facing every owner of a family farm: 'Who should I designate to inherit the farm?'

Program director awarded Indiana Social Worker of the Year

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University alumnus Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, program director and creator of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue’s Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, has been awarded the Social Worker of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Breakthrough soybean research by Purdue and Dow AgroSciences could save farmers millions

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Through a collaborative project, Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences researchers have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to a devastating and costly fungal disease.

Purdue online tool to help farmers make precision decisions, keep data private

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

An innovative online tool developed by a Purdue University engineering professor will allow farmers to process data collected from their fields without requiring them to share it with third-party companies.

Beginning farmers invited to a farm viability workshop for Northwest Indiana

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Beginning farmers who want to take their operation to the next level can receive profitable business tools and training during a farm viability workshop presented by a specialty crop farmer and farm business consultant.

Get up to speed on cutting-edge genetics and genomics research at Purdue symposium

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Some of the nation’s top scientists will share their lastest research insights during Purdue University’s inaugural Biochemical Horizons Symposium on Nov. 17. The event will give students, educators and the general public an opportunity to hear about new developments that are challenging paradigms in the areas of systems biology, genomics and genetic engineering.

Understanding ground conditions before storms helps scientists predict heavy rains in monsoon regions

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

As heavy flooding events, including those in Houston, Texas, and Mumbai, India, continue, research teams from Purdue University and India have been working on improving the models that can help predict heavy rainfall from weather events.

Producer sentiment down slightly as commodity prices weaken

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:20:00 EDT

Farmer sentiment dropped seven points in August as both grain and oilseed prices fell, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer

Beginning Farmer Southeast Regional Workshop scheduled

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Beginning farmers who want to take their operation to the next level can receive profitable business tools and training during a farm viability workshop presented by a specialty crop farmer and farm business consultant.

Purdue research to aid craft beer industry leads to Boiler ale

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:11:00 EDT

Ongoing Purdue University research and partnerships to aid the growing craft beer industry have brewed up one unexpected result: a Boilermaker-branded ale.

Learn new skills at the Beginning Farmer Southwest Regional Workshop

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Those new to farming or thinking about the idea of starting and sustaining a compact farm are invited to attend the Beginning Farmer Southwest Regional Workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Morgan Monroe State Forest Training Center in Martinsville.

Ag-celerator fund to provide up to $100,000 for Purdue agriculture startups; callout meeting is Sept. 14

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University-affiliated agricultural startups looking for early seed-stage funding to help with their plant sciences innovation can receive up to $100,000 through the Ag-celerator innovation fund.

Agronomy certificate program distinguishes agribusiness professionals

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University’s Agronomy e-Learning Academy is awarding Crop Professional Certificates to its first group of agricultural professionals who completed all three courses as part of its curriculum: agronomy essentials, precision agriculture and nutrient management.

High tunnels boost yield, along with plant-damaging insects

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Growers of tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables can extend their growing season and increase yield by placing high tunnels over their cold-sensitive crops, but those tunnels don’t provide the pest protection that has long been assumed.

Nutrient management research aims to reduce costs, environmental consequences

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University researchers in the Department of Agronomy are part of a $2 million, multi-university effort to update fertilizer management guidelines across the Corn Belt that could save farmers money and reduce the amount of nutrients reaching rivers and streams.

Veteran’s beekeeping workshop set for Sept. 29-30

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University’s Indiana Beginning Farmer program is sponsoring a two-day workshop for veterans who want to learn about beekeeping.

Nanoparticle-drug combo turns white fat to brown fat with potential to treat obesity, diabetes

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:50:00 EDT

In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, Purdue University scientists have found a way to deliver a drug directly to stored white fat cells to turn them into more easily burned brown fat cells.

Purdue multigenerational farm research available for download

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

New research from Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business on decision-making transitions for multigenerational farms is now available for download.

Americans OK with GMs for health care, but still wary about food

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

More than three-quarters of Americans would accept release of genetically modified mosquitoes to decrease risk of the Zika virus, but fewer than half accept genetic modification (GM) of animals, grain crops and produce, according to a Purdue University study.

Beginning Farmer East Regional Workshop scheduled

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

If you are a new farmer or just considering the idea, you are invited to register for the Beginning Farmer East Regional Workshop. The event is 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Oct. 28, at Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 U.S. Route 27, Winchester.

Boiler Bridge connects Purdue campus, Extension to communities statewide

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A statewide series of community events hosted by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will help college-curious youth and parents learn more about multiple fields of study at Purdue while showcasing Purdue Extension programs.

Purdue student startup advances automated device with app to grow fresh produce in home hydroponic appliance

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University students who developed an automated device to grow vegetables in consumer’s home have started a company to commercialize their technology and develop an improved third model.

New investment firm designed to assist with innovation

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A local entrepreneur has formed a private investment partnership aimed at investing in small to mid-sized companies and helping those businesses grow.

Wine industry professionals learn insights from the old wine masters on tour to Spain and Portugal

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The Purdue Wine Grape Team is cultivating the industry by taking small business owners away from their vineyard operations to a place where they can turn off their iPhones and learn something new.

Purdue scientists want help recording wildlife during eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University researchers are collaborating with science museums, zoos, and state and national park scientists across the country, as well as citizen scientists, to understand how Monday’s total solar eclipse will affect animal vocalizations and habits.

Women in Agriculture award winners share a commitment to conservation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A pioneering state conservation officer and a leading advocate for sustainable farming have been named winners of the 2017 Women in Agriculture awards presented by Purdue Extension.

Davis Purdue Ag Center celebrates a century of service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

When the Davis Purdue Agricultural Center (DPAC) was established a hundred years ago, tractors with internal combustion engines were a very new technology - the way driverless cars are today. Most plowing and harvesting was done with implements pulled by livestock or people. The average yield per acre for Indiana grain crops was less than half of what it is today.

Helping the hellbender: Mesker Park Zoo begins captive breeding efforts

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

When people think of endangered species, the giant panda or mountain gorilla often come to mind. But endangered species are everywhere, including Indiana. Purdue University extensively studies and partakes in the captive rearing of one of these species: the Eastern hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. Now, through collaborative efforts with institutions and zoos throughout Indiana, one zoo is undertaking captive breeding.

U2U delivers tools, changes conversation on climate issues

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A recently completed research and Extension project has led to the creation of several tools farmers can use for years to come. It also has provided a new way of looking at how to get climate information into the hands of those who need it, according to researchers involved in the 6-year study.

Workshop helps grant writers prepare winning proposals

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension is offering an introductory course on preparing grant proposals. The two-session workshops will be held in seven communities throughout the state this fall.

Destructive pests: Check your trees for Asian long-horned beetles

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

August is peak emergence season for the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, a pest that poses a serious threat to shade trees. A Purdue University entomologist is urging people to perform their annual tree checkup for these destructive insects. In just a few minutes, people can determine if their trees are infested and save countless other trees through early detection.

Purdue research team works to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goals

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Time management can sometimes be difficult, but managing the global commons is a bit of a bigger challenge.

Rural America Farm & Garden Expo scheduled for September

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Spotlighting the region’s agribusiness, Purdue Extension-Jay County and the Jay County Chamber of Commerce will present the second Annual Rural America Farm & Garden Expo, Sept. 8-9, at the Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E. Votaw St., Portland.

Two-part sales seminar to focus on customer trust, loyalty

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A two-part seminar from Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will help sales professionals learn to gain customer trust, develop long-term business relationships and earn client loyalty.

Commercial Producer Survey headlines National Conference for Food and Agribusiness

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue’s Large Commercial Producer Project will headline the university’s 2017 National Conference for Food and Agribusiness, Nov. 7-8 in West Lafayette.