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How Our Zoos Help the Hellbenders, FNR-544
Purdue University has teamed up with four zoos to protect hellbenders. This effort is a worldwide collaboration as zoos, government agencies, and other conservation groups, implement much-needed conservation initiatives. Check out these videos and a new publication titled "How Our Zoos Help Hellbenders." Learn about the zoos that are collaborating with Purdue and the conservation efforts.
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. Meanwhile, food banks struggle to find an affordable, reliable source of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Think of the changes in the Indiana property tax system between 1998 and 2010. The Indiana Supreme Court threw out the assessment system in December 1998. We started using market values for the reassessment in 2003. In 2002, we changed the formula for calculating the maximum property tax levy, and created a huge deduction for homesteads. In 2004, we amended the Indiana Constitution to allow those big homestead deductions. In 2008, we increased them even more.
Purdue agricultural economics professor Maria Marshall
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.
Bagworm caterpillar
In late May and early June bagworms hatch from eggs that lie dormant overwinter in the bag of their mother. The evergreen bagworm has the ability to defoliate evergreen trees and shrubs like spruce, arborvitae, fir, junipers and pine. When given a chance, it will also feed on deciduous trees like maples, honeylocust, and crabapples.
Storm damage, trees down
Many tree owners are faced with the decision of what to do with their trees relative to restoration or removal. This requires the expertise of trained, professional arborists to assist with the decision making regarding the best course of action.
Tom Turpin speaking at
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.

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