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Purdue Extension offering farm financials workshop

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Purdue Extension and the Center for Commercial Agriculture are offering a workshop to advise crop producers and their families on assessing farm financials.

Purdue professional development program to enhance talent-management skills

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will present the Managing Talent to Win workshop April 3-5 in West Lafayette.

Extension’s annual Lambing School open for registration

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Sheep and goat producers can brush up on lambing and kidding protocol and reducing newborn losses in time for the spring lambing season at a Purdue Extension workshop Feb. 24.

Purdue researchers release white paper on Indiana forest management issues

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

A team of forest and wildlife researchers from Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has published a white paper addressing three critical questions in the ongoing discussion about management of Indiana state forests.

Michiana grain production workshop set for March

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Registration is underway for the 2018 Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop, hosted by Purdue Extension.

Producers more optimistic in January; many expect lower taxes

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:59:00 EST

Agricultural producers said in January that they were more optimistic about the agricultural economy than a month prior, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Purdue University directs Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant administration

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Purdue University will administer the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG), previously managed by the University of Illinois, effective Feb. 1. New IISG director Tomas Höök, a fisheries biologist in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, will lead the administration.

New resources from Purdue Extension help keep Hoosier fruit, vegetable growers informed

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Three updated resources from Purdue Extension will help Indiana fruit and vegetable growers stay on top of the latest crop management strategies and research.

Purdue Extension releases 2017 annual report online

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Purdue Extension has posted its 2017 annual report online, highlighting the ways in which Extension educates and empowers people throughout Indiana and promotes statewide economic vitality.

Ag Alumni Seed to fund sophisticated new root scanner at Purdue

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Ag Alumni Seed, a Purdue University-affiliated seed technology company, has made a $900,000 gift to fund the purchase of a sophisticated computed tomography (CT) root scanner for Purdue’s new controlled environment plant phenotyping facility.

Upcoming national report to examine state of economic education in K-12 schools

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Throughout their lives, young people are required to make important economic and financial decisions. But according to a 2017 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Program for International Student Assessment, 22 percent of 15-year-old students in the U.S. lack basic financial literacy skills.

Midwest Women in Ag Conference set for Muncie

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Presentations by Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension, and Katie Dilse, a dynamic motivational speaker noted for her work in the agricultural industry, are among the highlights of the 2018 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference, Feb. 20-22 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

Purdue Ag-celerator fund awards $100,000 to two plant sciences startups, announces next proposal submission dates

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Purdue Ag-celerator, a plant sciences innovation fund, awarded a total of $100,000 in investments to Gen3Bio Inc., an enzymolysis process that produces biochemicals through algae extraction, and Progeny, an image processing software designed to convert rapidly drone images into crop management data.

Purdue’s ASTA Management Academy to focus on seed industry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business is partnering with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) to present the 2018 ASTA Management Academy, March 5-9 in West Lafayette.

Livestock producers to address forage council meeting

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

As part of its annual meeting and seminar on Feb. 19, the Indiana Forage Council (IFC) has invited two forage-livestock producers to discuss their successful use of different forages in their beef cattle operations.

Get a jump on spring planting at Indiana Small Farm Conference

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

As much of the Midwest shivered during a mid-January blast of arctic cold temperatures, organizers of the 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show were looking forward to the warm sun of spring.

Purdue Ag Alumni Association honors six with Certificate of Distinction

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Six noted graduates and contributors associated with the Purdue University College of Agriculture have been named as recipients of the Agricultural Alumni Association’s highest honor - the Certificate of Distinction.

Purdue Extension offering energy efficiency workshops for farms and rural businesses

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Farmers and other business owners in rural areas can learn critical steps to increased energy efficiency in workshops hosted by Purdue Extension.

Study: Hormone keys plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening opportunities to develop plants that exhibit both characteristics.

2018 Annual Farmers Market Forum to be held in February

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Farmers market managers, vendors and those who want to start or grow farmers markets in their communities can learn new strategies, find out about available resources and take advantage of networking opportunities at the third annual Farmers Market Forum, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Indiana Farm Bureau, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis.

Purdue’s Diversity Awareness Week highlights King’s lasting influence

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

A documentary about Palestine, talks about race and poverty, and a 'Family Feud'-style competition are among the highlights of the 7th annual Diversity Awareness Week hosted by Purdue University’s Diversity Action Team in Agriculture.

Study uncovers distinctions in major crop genome evolutions

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in very different manners.

Weak future outlook drives producer sentiment lower

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Agricultural producers indicated they have reduced optimism heading into 2018, according to the December reading of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Study suggests new targets for improving soybean oil content

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to impact the plant’s seeds, but a Purdue University study shows that genes affecting other plant parts deserve more attention.

Purdue student team hopes cookie stacks up at national baking competition

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

A team of Purdue University food science students has developed a crispy, buttery, crunchy, chocolatey and gooey-in-the-middle cookie, and members hope it will delight the senses of judges in this year’s American Society of Baking (ASB) Product Development Competition.

Spensa Technologies adds precision ag industry veterans to team

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture technology company, announces that two industry veterans have joined the company’s sales and business development team.

Learn farm ownership succession planning in Purdue Extension workshop

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Farm families can learn how to ensure a successful ownership transition from one generation to the next in a workshop sponsored by the Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team.

Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.

World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini to deliver keynote at 2018 Fish Fry

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Since its inception in 1949, the annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry has featured keynote speeches from some of the country’s most prominent educators, business leaders, athletes and policymakers. In just the past few years, the list of speakers has included Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonalds (2014); W. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation (2015); college basketball coaching legends Gene Keady of Purdue and Bob Knight of Indiana (2016); and Olympic diving champion David Boudia (2017).

State chemist office offers required training for dicamba applicators

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) based at Purdue University is offering state-required training for commercial and private applicators working with the new dicamba herbicide products Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. These and other herbicide products containing at least 6.5 percent dicamba are now classified as restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) in Indiana.

Purdue poultry vet Patricia Wakenell receives Hovde Award for exemplary service to rural Indiana

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

When a deadly avian flu outbreak threatened the nation’s poultry industry in 2015, Purdue University’s Patricia Wakenell was at the forefront of efforts to contain the spread of the disease. That critical initiative, along with many other accomplishments throughout her career, contributed to Wakenell being honored with the 2017 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana.

Another warm winter? State climatologists say it depends on La Niña

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

According to the latest seasonal outlook from the Indiana State Climate Office based at Purdue University, Hoosiers could be in for a repeat of last winter, when a weak La Niña system fizzled early in the season and unusually mild conditions prevailed during the last half of January and February.

Purdue Extension providing statewide training to help growers meet Produce Safety Rule requirements

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

During 2018, the Purdue Extension produce safety training team will provide training for growers, packers, processors and sellers of fresh produce. Training sessions will be held at seven locations throughout Indiana in 2018 to help companies and individuals meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Ag barometer: Producer sentiment slips following harvest

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Producers expressed lower sentiment toward the agricultural economy in November on the heels of fall harvest, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Forest fungi boost invasive plants, choke out native species

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Certain types of tree-associated fungi make a forest a welcoming environment for invasive plant species, crowding out natives, including high-value trees such as oaks.

Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium set for Jan. 4

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Commercial vegetable farmers and market gardeners will be able to network and gain invalauble tips on how to improve their business during the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.

Indiana farmers urged to complete Census of Agriculture

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Indiana farmers should be watching their mail boxes for more than just holiday cards this December.

Networking opportunities, educational sessions highlight 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference agenda

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

Small-scale farming has become an increasingly important part of Indiana’s $11.2 billion agricultural industry. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, approximately 75 percent of Hoosier farms were less than 180 acres. Other studies show that nearly half the farms in the state are 50 acres or fewer.

Statewide symposium to address opioid crisis in rural Indiana

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

A consortium of eight Indiana agricultural and public health organizations will host a statewide symposium focusing on the significant impact of the opioid crisis in rural and farming communities.

Purdue Center for Plant Biology members receive seed grant funding for research

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

Seven teams of Purdue Center for Plant Biology (PCPB) faculty will receive seed grant funding for various projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology.

Last-minute Christmas tree shopping could leave you without options

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST

With live Christmas tree shortages being reported across the nation, there’s a chance your home may not look so festive if you wait too long to choose your tree.

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.