Fred Whitford believes that knowing our history may help us solve future problems. In his new book, Scattering the Seeds of Knowledge, Whitford, clinical engagement professor and director of the Purdue Pesticide Programs, examines the early history of Purdue Extension and how Extension specialists helped develop solutions to the challenges facing farmers a century ago.
The majority of the 41.5 million chickens and 10.5 million pigs sold each year in Indiana are raised in confined feeding operations (CFOs). About 2,000 CFOs are currently operating in Indiana, and the farms are regulated by standards set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
What is Bovine tuberculosis and is it transmissible to humans? The answer to these frequently asked questions, along with details and resources, can be found on the Purdue Extension-Forestry and Natural Resources web page.
While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
Purdue Extension has developed a pair of Web-based, interactive resources to help new producers and anyone thinking about starting a small-scale livestock operation to make critical budgeting decisions.
Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, a Purdue Extension expert says.
Beef cattle seeking shelter from harsh winter weather could be at an increased risk of disease in overcrowded barns, Purdue University experts say. Extreme cold or rapidly changing weather can lower animals' immune response, leaving them more susceptible to disease, said W. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of beef production medicine.