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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.

Study tests the complexity of important plant hormones

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A Purdue University study confirms complex associations among plant hormones and their signaling pathways that are key to controlling plant architecture.

Improved air quality research software to help reduce emissions, pollution

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University researchers are developing an on-site computer and software system that could provide a more flexible, high-quality and user-friendly way to conduct agriculture-based air quality research to better understand and limit emission and pollution impact.

Why farmers markets and food safety are here to stay

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Fresh produce growers and consumers have been hearing mixed messages about farm markets shutting down because of regulations established through the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), specifically the Produce Safety Rule.

Your perfect lawn could be killing pollinators, researchers say

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

If dandelions, clovers or other perennial weeds seem to be overtaking your lawn, be cautious about using insecticides. That’s one of the recommendations offered by a group of researchers who studied the impact urban lawn care practices have on pollinators.

Ag Barometer indicates farmer sentiment is at highest level since January

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Farmers’ sentiment about the agricultural economy climbed to 139 in July - the highest level recorded in 2017 since January, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Beginning Farmer Veterans to tour Crowl Cattle

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Military veterans, active service members and their families are invited to join the Indiana Beginning Farmer program for a workshop and tour of the Crowl Cattle beef farm in Lafayette on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NSF announces funding for Purdue food, energy program

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:21:00 EDT

A Purdue University-led program training students on producing sustainable food and electricity for populations through solar energy received a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Award.

Purdue Extension hosts hydroponics workshop

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension will host a hydroponics workshop from 7:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 8, at Purdue’s Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research, 170 S. University St., Room 116, West Lafayette.

Purdue Pesticide Programs reorganization will focus on enhanced outreach

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A reorganization of the Purdue Pesticide Programs (PPP) will enhance outreach to producers, applicators, agribusiness professionals and the general public with a renewed emphasis on educational programming, according to program administrator Fred Whitford.

Purdue Food Science offers first Validation Workshop

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Agriculture’s Department of Food Science will offer the first four-day workshop designed for commercial food processors involved in validation processes, aseptic shelf-stable products or installing new commercial lines for future production needs.

Purdue research team aims to improve food safety and health care around the world

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Brighter days are ahead as a team of researchers applies the use of light and other technologies to better the world’s health care, food safety, and biosecurity systems.

Agronomy Field Day focuses on farm financial fitness

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Farmers trying to balance weak crop prices and rising input costs can learn more about farm financial fitness at a field day sponsored by Purdue Extension, the Purdue Department of Agronomy, the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.

Purdue Extension state fair exhibits focus on choices for healthier bodies, stronger communities

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Last year’s Indiana State Fair celebrated the state’s rich agricultural tradition. This year, Purdue Extension looks to the future with a series of exhibits focused on helping people make easy, everyday choices to develop healthier bodies and stronger communities.

Indiana Food Summit set for Sept. 25-26

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension, in cooperation with a number of partner organizations, will host the second annual Indiana Food Summit, Sept. 25-26 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Purdue Extension hosts 2017 SEPAC Field Day

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension will host the 2017 Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC) Field Day on Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2017 Purdue Soybean Showcase planned at Beck Center

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

During the 2017 Purdue Soybean Showcase, attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with Purdue researchers highlighting their latest findings on soybean production and tools to maximize soybean farms’ performance.

Purdue researchers combining data and technology to make agriculture more sustainable

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Due to the large usage of water in agriculture, many California communities no longer have running water, and collapsing aquifers have caused roads and buildings to sink several feet. Purdue University electrical and computer engineering professor David Ebert is using data collected from agricultural sites to respond to these problems.

Residents, Purdue experts gather at Wolf Park to talk about climate change

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

As part of a new speakers series, Purdue University researchers are sharing their findings on climate change, with subjects ranging from weather and farming to wildlife, including the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, which is hosting the event. Two more talks are scheduled for the remainder of the summer.

Sheep and Wool Market Development Program funds new projects

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program, administered by the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue University, will fund four four new projects to promote the state’s sheep and lamb industry.

Sign up now for Beginning Farmer tours in late summer, fall

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Registration is now open for the final six farm tours offered this year by Purdue Extension’s Indiana Beginning Farmer program.

Meigs Farm hosts Industrial Hemp Field Day

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Farmers interested in learning more about the potential challenges and opportunities of growing industrial hemp are invited to a field day July 26 at Meigs Farm, part of the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center, 9101 S. 100 E, about 10 miles south of Lafayette.

Purdue ag technology researchers part of winning hackathon team

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Two researchers in Purdue University’s Open Ag Technologies and Systems (OATS) Group were part of the five-member winning team at the Nutreco Agrivision Hackathon, an international competition to promote the potential of data and technology innovation in livestock farming.

Why mosquitoes should not be eliminated

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A Purdue researcher and a team of scientists working on a new insecticide argue that mosquitoes should not simply be made extinct due to their role in various ecosystems.

Ag producers say financials stronger than 2016; predict missed financial targets in 2017

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

U.S. agricultural producers indicated their farm operations’ financial positions are stronger than at this time in 2016, but expressed concerns that they might not meet their 2017 financial targets, according to a monthly producer survey conducted as part of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Purdue scientists identify link between plant nitrogen uptake and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University scientists released research findings that indicate corn management processes contributing to optimal levels of plant nitrogen uptake could result in fewer nitrous oxide emissions, long identified as one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

Purdue research reveals plant volatiles released more deliberately than once thought

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A Purdue University team of scientists upended a long-held assumption about how plant volatile compounds, the chemicals that are responsible for scent, move to the outside of the cells to attract pollinators, defend the plant and perform other key functions.

Purdue team takes second-place honors at agBOT Challenge

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A team from Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering finished second overall in the weed and feed competition of the second annual agBOT Challenge.

Waste Not, Want Not initiative aims to reduce food waste, food insecurity

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Every year, small farmers throughout Indiana are forced to plow under thousands of pounds of unsold crops because they are unable to afford the increasing cost of harvesting and packaging the produce for donation to a local food bank.

Join 2017 Butterfly Encounter July 15 in Lafayette

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Butterfly enthusiasts of all ages and knowledge levels are invited to visit the Evonik Wildlife Habitat Area in Lafayette on July 15 for a celebration of butterflies and to help measure the area’s butterfly population.

Purdue, DuPont Pioneer to highlight phenotyping at plant science symposium

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University graduate students, in partnership with DuPont Pioneer, will discuss 'Phenotyping for the Future' at the second annual Purdue Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium Aug. 3.

Purdue Extension releases new publications in Protecting Pollinators series

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension has released two new publications in the Protecting Pollinators series: The Complex Life of the Honey Bee and Biology and Control of Varroa Mites in Bee Hives.

Purdue Soybean Showcase planned at Beck Center

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Soybean producers can gain insights on how to increase their yield by attending the 2017 Purdue Soybean Showcase field day.

Purdue University, Rotary take on global challenges

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University, the Rotary Club of Lafayette, and Rotary International are partnering to take on a global challenge that kills 5 million people per year. The Rotary organizations will finance the construction and installation of water treatment systems for three schools in the Dominican Republic.

Spensa announces new software features and milestone of protecting nearly $6.5 billion worth of crops

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

On the heels of two major partnership announcements with Simplot and Spectrum Seed, Spensa announced today that the company is now protecting 4.8 million acres across 116 different types of crops valued at nearly $6.5 billion.

Purdue alumnus wins world’s foremost prize for food, agriculture

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:02:00 EDT

Purdue University alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize laureate for his work as a reformer and leader of the agricultural sector in Africa.

Experts to discuss best farming practices, research at 2017 Central Indiana Field Day

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

During the 2017 Central Indiana Field Day in the Tri-county area of Clinton, Howard and Tipton counties, speakers will talk to attendees about a wide range of topics to improve various aspects of farm production. Discussions range from recent research on weeds, entomology and cover crops to the use of field data in farming and best practices with solar panels.

Spotty weather has Indiana grain crops off to an uneven start

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says he has never seen a growing season get off to such an uneven start as this one. Heavy rains in April and May delayed planting and left standing water in many parts of Indiana while other areas baked in unusually hot and dry conditions.

Explore benefits of high tunnels during Indiana field day demos

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Are you looking for ways to increase the economic stability of your farm or to sell fresh vegetables right up to Thanksgiving or Christmas? How about getting an early start on raising produce in the spring? If so, a high tunnel may be a great option to increase the productivity of your farm operations.

Nominations sought for Purdue’s 2017 Hovde Award

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2017 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given to a Purdue University faculty or staff member who has contributed to the improvement of rural Indiana.

Improve your forage management skills during four-stop bus tour

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Livestock producers can learn what it takes to develop better forage management skills during a four-stop bus tour. The South Central Indiana Forage Tour includes first-hand lessons on forage selection for various livestock, best forage management practices and direct marketing.

Purdue professor retires after a fascinating bug-filled career

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:16:00 EDT

After 45 years as a Purdue University entomology professor, Tom Turpin will retire July 1, leaving a colorful legacy of cricket-spitting, cockroach races, and ladybug-themed tuxedos. He helped establish Bug Bowl, the world’s largest insect-themed festival, and regularly brought along exotic and interesting creatures to share with his audience during his frequent guest lectures at local schools and community events - where he often appeared in bug-bedecked formal attire.

Downeys team up to teach Purdue Precision Selling program

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Purdue University faculty sales experts David Downey and Scott Downey will lead the Precision Selling program Aug. 2-3 in West Lafayette.

Marshall named recipient of 2017 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Citing her extensive work in impacting the livelihoods of small and family businesses, a committee named Maria Marshall, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, as the recipient of the 2017 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award.

Purdue to host nearly 350 educators for 63rd annual NACTA Conference

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Innovations in education related to agriculture will be among hundreds of topics explored during the 63rd annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference June 28 - July 1, 2017, at Purdue University. The annual event gives hundreds of educators from all over the United States and Canada the opportunity to attend workshops, review more than 300 oral and posters presentations, and hear from some of the top leaders in the field.

Beginning Farmer Veterans to tour Tuttle Orchards

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Veterans, active military and their families are invited to join Purdue Extension’s Indiana Beginning Farmer program for an educational session and tour of Tuttle Orchards near Greenfield.