Agriculture
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Producers can get first-hand tips from experts on how to incorporate management-intensive grazing techniques during a two-day seminar hosted by Purdue Extension. Grazing 102, which will take place June 23-24, will cover numerous topics on best management practices, including plant growth and development, soil fertility, forage identification, fencing and watering systems.
picture of a flooded field
Although two weeks of occasionally heavy rain and some unseasonably cold temperatures slowed planting progress and threatened newly emerging plants throughout Indiana, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said there is still time to have a good grain crop if, as expected, weather conditions improved. The key, Nielsen said, is careful crop management.
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, FNR-516, book
Indiana is home to 17 frog and toad species, and this full-color book covers all of them. Whether you are a herpetologist, a recreational amphibian enthusiast or just want to learn more about frogs and toads, you will want to travel with this new publication. This 50-page book includes full-color photos, a physical description, a list of similar species, and a description of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Local educators and community members can learn how to provide elementary and high school students with healthy meals and nutrition education through a new training program offered by Purdue Extension in partnership with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program.
After a successful first year in 2016, Purdue Extension's FoodLink is serving up a full menu of new online resources to help consumers prepare convenient, healthy meals. FoodLink is a free online information hub providing nutrition facts, recipes and purchasing tips for nearly 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs. This year, the website features 19 new foods and dozens of new recipes, said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension-Hancock County educator and one of the program administrators.

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