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Our economic expansion started in July 2009, so it's 70 months old and counting. Since the end of World War II, the average expansion has lasted 58 months. That makes our expansion a whole year older than average. Is ours an elderly expansion, about to enter the December of its years? Are its days numbered?
Purdue Extension's Women in Agriculture committee is now accepting nominations for the organization's top awards through May 1.
Teachers on field tour, The Nature of Teaching Workshops
This FREE workshop for K-5 educators and administrators will receive the opportunity to help children connect with nature while receiving the benefits of health and wellness. Educators can earn 16 Professional Growth Plan Points and receive a $200 stipend for integration of lessons into the classroom. Lectures and activities will include: exploring with your senses; guided imagery, creative writing, introducing school gardens, educational hikes, animal tracking and wildlife viewing.
FNR-IDNR-36, Planting Forest Trees and Shrubs in Indiana
With spring comes planting of trees and shrubs along with questions of best practices to ensure success. The publication "Planting Forest Trees and Shrubs in Indiana" provides an abbreviated 10-step approach to successfully plant and establish healthy, productive forest plantings.
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Indiana farmers who are military veterans or on active duty can now market their products through the Indiana Grown Homegrown by Heroes initiative, a partnership between the state Department of Agriculture and Farmer Veteran Coalition with support from the Purdue University-based National AgrAbility Project.
A Purdue Extension program that helps Indiana communities improve public spaces such as parks and town centers is surveying West Lafayette residents to get input on the city parks and recreation department's next five-year master plan.
The Federal Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics measures employment and unemployment with a survey every month. In January 2016 the BLS estimated that 150.5 million people had jobs.

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