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Purdue Extension will provide training sessions statewide to help fruit and vegetable growers meet the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule included in the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Welcome to our 2017 Agricultural Outlook. It's a new year that will bring opportunities and challenges for agricultural industries.
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Registration is open for Purdue Extension's 2017 Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show, scheduled for March 2-4 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.
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Purdue University Wine Grape Marketing Extension Specialist Katie Barnett says her job is about two things: connections and possibilities. "When you're buying a wine, you could buy a bottle that's on sale," Barnett said, "but what if instead, you bought a sweet wine that was Indiana grown? What if you read the label and saw that they have a small restaurant at their winery, or that they sell their wine at a wine bar five minutes from your house? You could spend your next Friday night at a winery
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's North Central Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education program is offering a number of grants for farmers, educators and researchers working on projects in sustainable agriculture. Individuals and groups are eligible to apply for the grants, which promote "ecologically sound, profitable and socially responsible farming and ranching," said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension educator in Hancock County and Indiana SARE coordinator.
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Wente Vineyards' 2013 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon was named Wine of the Year at the 25th Indy International Wine Competition, held Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 3 and 4) at Purdue University. The annual event is the largest independent wine competition in the United States, featuring 79 classes of wines from commercial and private winemakers around the world.
Indiana fruit and vegetable growers bringing irrigation systems into operation as production gets into full swing should have their water tested as part of good agricultural practices for produce food safety, Purdue Extension food safety educator Scott Monroe says.

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