Looking toward the future

Purdue Extension is always looking ahead to anticipate the ways it can help Indiana work even better. In 2019 and beyond, you’ll see our efforts in:

  • A new food-safety training center in Knox County at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in Vincennes.

  • Additional promotion of Indiana 4-H in Spanish-speaking communities. Xiomara Díaz Vargas, Indiana 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Marion County, recently shared many ways children can grow through 4-H programs with Telemundo Indy.

  • International outreach in agriculture and natural resources training. Purdue Extension staff are sharing their expertise while learning from colleagues in partner countries around the globe.

  • Strengthening our successful Community Development Extension program — Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces — with a new “Creating Healthy Communities” curriculum. This helps leaders and decision-makers see how public spaces promote community-wide health and wellness.

  • Workforce development through the reintroduction of short courses in the agricultural and green sectors. The first two courses in February 2019 cover controlled environment agriculture and landscape management.

  • Combatting the opioid crisis with a free webinar series sharing information and best practices on preventing opioid misuse and abuse, while creating health literacy and leadership on this issue.