Dr. Shem Unger, hellbender Got Nature? podcast
Giant salamanders are sensitive to changes in their aquatic environment. Listen to this new podcast interviewing Dr. Shem Unger on the effects of sedimentation on the physiology of juvenile eastern hellbenders.
An adult eastern hellbender. (Photo courtesy Rod Williams Laboratory)
Crawfish is a common food of the hellbender and likewise will be on the menu for people at a Purdue Extension dinner and festivities designed to raise awareness of efforts to save the endangered salamander in Indiana.
Spring orchard trees
As Indiana frees itself from the grip of a harsh late winter, the State Climate Office says a developing weather pattern is likely to produce variable conditions this spring.
Aerial view of corn fields
The Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has added an online tool enabling farmers and agricultural advisers to better assess how climate patterns in other parts of the world can influence local conditions and corn yields across the Corn Belt.
Eight educators, executives and researchers will receive the Purdue University 2015 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, the College of Agriculture's top honor. They will be presented the award April 3 during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. EDT in the North Ballroom of Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. A reception will precede the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Farm families, financial planners and legal advisers can learn more about farm law, taxes, agribusiness transfers and estate planning in an April program sponsored by Purdue Extension.
Kalettes look like a miniature ornamental kale but grow similar to Brussels sprouts. (Photo credit:
It's not often that a new vegetable comes along, so I'm really looking forward to trying the new Kalettes this year. Developed in Great Britain, where they are called Flower Sprouts, this new vegetable is a hybrid cross between Brussel sprouts and kale.

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