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2022 Newsletters

May/June

The 4-H Scoop

The Official Perry County 4-H Newsletter

Keeping up with 4-H News and Events

Opportunities and announcements occur frequently in 4-H, and we do our best to keep you informed so that you don’t miss out on anything. This newsletter is sent to all 4-H families and volunteers every other month. Many things happen in between newsletter publications. All announcements are sent to you by email.

Check your email often as both the local Extension office and Indiana 4-H sends information to you this way. Most of these messages are sent from 4hOnline rather than from an individual email account. If you haven’t received these messages, check your spam filter and set it to accept emails from 4hOnline. If you change your email, please notify the Extension office so that we can update our distribution lists.

Many events are also posted on the Perry County Indiana 4-H Facebook page. Please like our page and share these posts to help us spread the word. Commenting on the posts also helps us get more views.

Most importantly, tell other people about 4-H and Extension events. Your recommendations mean more than any posted or printed materials. Youth who only want to participate in Spark Clubs, Day Camps, Outdoor Adventures, etc. but not a 4-H club, are welcome to enroll. Like 4-H’ers in clubs, they only pay the 4-H program fee once per year (October 1-Sept. 30), and then they pay any activity fee for the event.

Extension Summer Intern Hired

Join us in welcoming, Cassidy Weatherholt as the summer intern in the Extension office. Cassidy is completing her freshman year at USI and was a ten year 4-H member. She begins working on May 11.

4-H Camp, June 14 and 15

Youth in grades 3-6 are encouraged to sign up for 4-H Camp at the Historic Santa Claus Campground. We will camp with youth from Daviess, Dubois, Martin, and Pike Counties. Camp will be in a day camp format this year due to challenges with getting enough counselors and adult volunteers to conduct an overnight camp. We are very grateful for the following Perry County 4-H’ers who are camp counselors:  Meredith Hubert, Emily Elmer, Jada Etienne, Olivia Berger, Jacob Wagner, and Wyatt Sitzman. 

Watch your email for information on how to sign up. Enrollment will open soon and will close on May 15. The 4-H Council will cover one-half of the cost for campers to attend. We anticipate your cost will be approximately $20 per day. Youth can choose to attend one or both days. There will be different events each day.

Volunteers Needed

New 4-H volunteers are needed to offer programs requested by youth. In the last few years, several volunteers have moved out of the area or retired from volunteering after many years of service. New volunteers are needed to keep current programs going and to add new programs.

While people with all skills and interests are welcome, we especially need volunteers willing to be trained as Shooting Sports instructors and coordinators, someone to teach dog obedience, ATV Safety leaders, Tractor project leaders, and 4-H Council members. If you are interested in any of these or other roles, please contact Cathy Boerste for more information. 

2022 Handbook and Project Manuals

The 2022 Perry County 4-H Handbook, project guidelines, and project manuals have been distributed to club leaders. If you have not received yours, contact your 4-H leader. You will receive a summary of the project guidelines for the projects that you sign up for with your project manuals. The Perry County 4-H Handbook lists general information that is important for all members to know. Additional resources and information about all projects are posted here:  https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/projects/index.html

4-H has been restructured to make it easier to understand and uniform across the state. Every project has been revised, so it’s important that you read the new guidelines. In short, more exhibit options have been added to allow for creativity and flexibility, and nearly all projects are now eligible to be exhibited at the state fair!

Most projects that were previously county-only exhibits are now included in one of the state projects. Many are now craft exhibit options. The exception to this is the Freestyle project. This non-competitive project is for exhibits that do not fit into any of the state projects. A reference sheet was emailed to you to help you find the new category for projects that were previously county-only or you may contact the Extension office for guidance or another copy of the reference sheet.

There is now a provision for flexibility for the grade level that youth with special circumstances may use. If you need an exception to exhibiting a project on your grade level, contact Cathy Boerste to discuss the options.

Fair Entry:  May 16-June 6

Projects can be added or dropped in 4hOnline until June 1. This is where you sign up for the project category such as photography. If you add a project, please contact the Extension office so that we can ensure that you have the books and record sheets that you need for the new project. If you drop a project and haven’t used your project manual, please return it to your leader or the Extension office. 

Fair Entry opens on May 16, and all projects must be entered into Fair Entry no later than June 6. Instructions on how to enter projects will be sent to you in mid-May.  Fair Entry is where you specify exactly what kind of project you are bringing to the fair. For example, if you signed up for photography in 4hOnline, in Fair Entry you will specify black and white prints, color salon, etc. The details of your exhibit are entered here. This helps us put your project into the correct judging category, and in the event that your name tag comes off of the project, this description helps us determine who the project belongs to. 

Adding and Dropping Projects

To add or drop a 4-H project, contact the Extension office by June 1. We will then get the project manuals and guidelines to you. If you make the changes in 4hOnline, we don’t receive notification of the changes, so please let us know what changes you want so that we can provide resources to you.

All 4-H projects exhibited in the 4-H building must be entered into Fair Entry by June 6.

Contact Sara Dzimianski for information regarding livestock requirements.

 Project Entry Deadlines

Consumer Clothing, Genealogy, and Creative Writing projects must be turned into the Extension office no later than 4 p.m. on June 15.

 ALL other non-animal projects for grades K-12 are entered at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 29 from 5-7:30 p.m. The 4-H Handbook lists which projects are community judged (judged with the 4-H’er talking to the judge) and which ones are judged without the 4-H’er present. There is an error in the handbook on project entry dates. The dates listed above are the correct dates. The date for project check-in is earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the 4th of July holiday.

 Livestock will be checked in on July 7. Contact Sara Dzimianski for questions regarding livestock.

 Pre-Fair Events:  June 26

On Sunday, June 26 the following events will be held at the fairgrounds:  Consumer Clothing judging, Fashion Revue, Jr. Leader and Ambassador interviews, Ambassador speeches, and Creative and Expressive Arts performances.

 4-H Ambassadors and Royalty

Would you like to share your love of 4-H with others while increasing your leadership and public speaking skills? Are you currently in grades 6-12? If so, the 4-H Ambassador Program is for you! 

Four youth (two in grades 6-8 and two in grades 9-12) will be selected to serve as 4-H Ambassadors for 2022-23.  They will assist with the opening ceremony, Parade of Champions, distribute ribbons at livestock shows, do interviews on the radio (and maybe a TV station, too!), and promote 4-H throughout the year.

 This year there will not be a Fair Queen or Jr. Miss. The 4-H Ambassadors will be the representatives                   for 4-H at all fair events and more.

Information about this program is on page 19 of the 4-H Handbook. Applications are due on June 15. The contest will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m. the Fairgrounds.

 Overnight Stays at the Fair

Youth who exhibit livestock or horses may stay overnight at the fair if they are staying with their own parent or legal guardian and have submitted an Overnight Stay Form by June 15 and have approval from the 4-H Council. The policy for this is on page 13 in the 4-H Handbook, and the form is on page 14.

 Fair Set Up:  June 28

We need everyone to pitch in and get the 4-H Building set up for the fair. Work begins at 4 p.m. on June 28. If you can’t come until later, that’s fine. Join us when you can. If you are coming later, contact the Extension office by noon on June 28 to make your food reservation. A light supper will be served that evening to everyone who is helping. All 4-H members and volunteers are asked to lend a hand and get the building ready for the fair.

 Project Supplies

The Extension Office offers the following project supplies for sale for your convenience. We recommend that you purchase poster supplies here to ensure that you are using the correct size. It is difficult to find poster backing in the correct size at local stores.

Poster Set: white poster board, cardboard backing, plastic sleeve                       $2.50

Plastic Sleeve:  poster or salon print                                                                   $1

Cardboard Backing:                                                                                           $ .50

White Poster Board:                                                                                          $ 1.00

White Foam Board:                                                                                             $ 3.25

Electric 1 Circuit Board Parts:                                                                             $9

Electric 2 Shake Light Kit:                                                                                   $20

Electric 3 Extension Cord Kit                                                                              $28

Electric 3 Trouble Light Kit                                                                                 $42

Electric 4 Complete Lamp Kit                                                                                  $22

                                                Available while supplies last.

IGA Receipts Needed

The Extension office is collecting receipts from Noble’s IGA. This is an easy way to help 4-H raise money. Drop off receipts at the Extension office or give them to Cathy Boerste any time.

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March/April

The 4-H Scoop

The Official Perry County 4-H Newsletter

Keeping up with 4-H News and Events

Opportunities and announcements occur frequently in 4-H, and we do our best to keep you informed so that you don’t miss out on anything. This newsletter is sent to all 4-H families and volunteers every other month. Many things happen in between newsletter publications. All announcements are sent to you by email.

Check your email often as both the local Extension office and Indiana 4-H sends information to you this way. Most of these messages are sent from 4hOnline rather than an individual email account. If you haven’t received these messages, check your spam filter and set it to accept emails from 4hOnline. If you change your email, please notify the Extension office so that we can update our distribution lists.

 

Many events are also posted on the Perry County Indiana 4-H Facebook page. Please like our page and share these posts to help us spread the word. Commenting on the posts also helps us get more views.

 

Most importantly, tell other people about 4-H and Extension events. Your recommendations mean more than any posted or printed materials. Youth who only want to participate in Spark Clubs, Day Camps, Outdoor Adventures, etc. but not a 4-H club, are welcome to enroll. Like 4-H’ers in clubs, they only pay the 4-H program fee once per year (October 1-Sept. 30), and then they pay any activity fee for the event.

April is Volunteer Month

Volunteers are the heart of the 4-H program. Without their generous giving of time and talents to our youth, we wouldn't’t have a 4-H program. All of our volunteers are valued and appreciated: from those who have served for decades to those who are just beginning their volunteer service, we appreciate all that you do!

 

4-H’ers and parents are encouraged to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate all that they do to make 4-H possible!

Volunteers Needed

New 4-H volunteers are needed to offer programs requested by youth. In the last few years, several volunteers have moved out of the area or retired from volunteering after many years of service. New volunteers are needed to keep current programs going and to add new programs.

While people with all skills and interests are welcome, we especially need volunteers willing to be trained as Shooting Sports instructors and coordinators, someone to teach dog obedience, ATV Safety leaders, Tractor project leaders, a male chaperone for 4-H Roundup, and 4-H Council members. If you are interested in any of these or other roles, please contact Cathy Boerste for more information.

Shooting Sports Update

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer hands-on Shooting Sports this year due to a volunteer shortage. The program requires trained 4-H Shooting Sports instructors and at least one certified Shooting Sports Coordinator in the county. The program coordinator has moved out of the area, and until someone volunteers to fill this position, in person classes cannot be conducted. Training of instructors is provided in the spring and fall. If you are interested in helping to rebuild this program so that it can be offered in the fall, contact Cathy Boerste to learn more.

Youth enrolled in Shooting Sports can exhibit a project at the fair. Those needing guidance should contact the Extension office.

2022 Handbook and Project Manuals

4-H has been restructured to make it easier to understand and uniform across the state. Every project has been revised, so it’s important that you read the new guidelines. In short, more exhibit options have been added to allow for creativity and flexibility, and nearly all projects are now eligible to be exhibited at the state fair!

You will receive a summary of the project guidelines for the projects that you sign up for with your project manuals. The Perry County 4-H Handbook will list general information that is important for all members to know. These will be distributed by club leaders. Additional resources and information about all projects are available here:  https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/projects/index.html

Most projects that were previously county-only exhibits are now included in one of the state projects. Many are now craft exhibit options. The exception to this is the Freestyle project. This non-competitive project is for exhibits that do not fit into any of the state projects. A reference sheet was emailed to you to help you find the new category for projects that were previously county-only or you may contact the Extension office for guidance or another copy of the reference sheet.

There is now a provision for flexibility for the grade level that youth with special circumstances may use. If you need an exception to exhibiting a project on your grade level, contact Cathy Boerste to discuss the options.

Adding and Dropping Projects

To add or drop a 4-H project, contact the Extension office. We will then get the project manuals and guidelines to you. If you make the changes in 4hOnline, we don’t receive notification of the changes, so please let us know what changes you want so that we can provide resources to you. 

Animals must be entered and enrolled in Fair Entry by May 15. Some livestock need to be tagged at the fairgrounds on April 9. Contact Sara Dzimianski for information regarding livestock requirements. 

Projects exhibited in the 4-H building need to be added and entered into Fair Entry by June 6.

Spring Break Fun on March 15 and 17!

Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break? Youth in grades 3-12 are encouraged to attend the Spring Break Events on March 15 and 17 at the fairgrounds. To keep the cost lower, participants need to bring a sack lunch and drinks. Contact the Extension office by March 10 to sign up. Space is limited!

Art and Relaxation Day for youth in grades 3-12 is on March 15 from 8:30-4 p.m. The cost is $10 for 4-H members and $30 for non-members.

Lots of hands-on STEM activities are planned, and livestock members can complete their YQCA training on March 17. This event is open to all youth, including those not enrolled in 4-H. The cost is $5 for 4-H members, and $25 for those not yet in 4-H.

Bench Project: Cap Sorting on April 2, 9-11:30 a.m.

We asked for caps, and the response has been overwhelming!! Thank you to everyone who has saved and collected caps! We now have more than enough to compete the project. Your help is now needed with cleaning and sorting the caps. 

Join us on April 2 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Extension Office garage when we will clean and sort caps. Adults and youth in grades 7-12 are needed to help with the project. Younger youth must be accompanied by an adult who will help them with this project.

We hope to have the caps sorted so that the bench can be ordered in April so that it will be here and at the fairgrounds in time for this year’s fair to serve as a lasting memory of Carson Lasher.

plastic-cap-sorting-insert.pdf 

Club Officer Training, April 2

All youth in grades 3-12 are encouraged to attend the Club Officer Training to learn about leadership opportunities and what club officers do. Anyone who is currently a club officer or anyone interested in being a club officer should attend. Prior experience or 4-H membership is optional. 

The training will be April 2 from 1-3 p.m. Please make your reservation by March 29 by calling 812-547-7084 or email boerste@purdue.edu with your name and grade. 

Performing Arts Contest

If you would like demonstrate your talents in music, dance, skits, dramatic reading, etc., you are encouraged to participate in the 4-H Performing Arts Contest. Each county can send one act in each of the following categories to the Area III Contest: musical, non-musical, and group acts. The contest will be held in late April or early May. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Extension office by March 11. If we have enough interest, a county contest will be conducted to determine who can advance to the area conte 

Camp Counselors Needed

High school students are needed to serve as camp counselors. Without enough camp counselors, we cannot conduct 4-H camp. This is a fun and rewarding experience where teen leaders learn leadership skills while providing a memorable experience for campers. Anyone in grades 9-12 can apply. Counselor training will be held on April 8-9 at camp. To apply, log into your 4hOnline account and look for the application under Events. Sign up by March 4. If you have questions, contact Cathy Boerste.

Paid Summer Intern Needed

The Extension office is seeking a summer intern. Your help in sharing this information is appreciated. This position is full time from mid-May until early August and pays $10.40 per hour. Preference will be given to a high school graduate who is not currently enrolled in 4-H as the job will require full time work during the fair. This is a great opportunity for a college student to gain professional experience in youth development, agriculture and natural resource, and health and human sciences.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.workandlearnindiana.com/internships/detail/23674/purdue-extension-perry-county-intern-summer-2022 Applications will be accepted until April 1 or whenever a suitable candidate has been hired.

Mulch Fundraiser
Shares Profit with Clubs
 

Is your club looking for a way to earn money without selling anything? Clubs that help with the Mulch Fundraiser will earn money while working together and helping people in the community.

The 4-H Council will share 75% of the profits with clubs and other 4-H groups that participate. The more people from a club that help, the greater their share of the profits. Adults and 4-H members in grades 7-12 can participate individually. Youth in grades 3-6 can help if their parent works with them on the project. 4-H alumni, friends, and other family members are encouraged to help with the project. Volunteers will need to sign in when they begin working, sign out when finished, and indicate which club they are working for. Profits will be divided by the number of volunteers and hours worked for each club.

The project is Saturday, April 23, beginning at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds and continues until the project is completed or until dark. If needed, the project will continue on Saturday, April 30 at 8 a.m. We will work regardless of the weather as long as it is safe to be outside.

Volunteers are needed to deliver and spread the mulch. We also need pickup trucks, wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, etc. If you can help for any part of the day, contact the Extension office and indicate what supplies you are bringing.

With lots of volunteers, this will be a fun event that helps the community, and clubs will earn money.

Project Check-in is June 29

The Perry County 4-H Fair will be held July 8-11, 2022. To avoid conflicting with the 4th of July holiday, building projects will be checked in on Wednesday, June 29. Livestock will be checked in on July 7. Please note this change from last year's schedule.

Experiential Learning in 4-H

The 4-H model of “learn by doing” uses the experiential learning model. This model is found at the front of most 4-H project books. Youth learn best when they DO rather than being told. Activities in the project manuals are designed for this model of Experience, Share, Process, Generalize, Apply (and repeat). In this model, youth first try the activity (Experience) before being told or shown how (other than safety precautions). Next, they describe the experience and their reaction to it (Share). The questions listed at the end of each activity help youth Process by discussing what was most important in what they did. They can then Generalize by relating the life skill practiced to their own experiences. Next, they Apply what they learned for the next time they do this activity or use this skill.

In this model, it is expected that youth will repeat the steps of Experience, Share, Process, Generalize, and Apply as they learn from each experience and improve upon it. By following this model, they will gain many life skills that they will remember, and enjoy the process. This is the best method for youth to learn, but it is not the fastest way to get a finished project for the fair. Often, we focus on the end product (the fair project) rather than the process of learning. It takes more time and sometimes more patience for the adult mentor to use this model, but the end result is more rewarding for the youth.

 

The key to success in this model is to start early. Those who wait until a day or two before fair projects are entered at the fair often feel pressured to skip these steps and only focus on the end product. This year, try to use this model and see if the youth respond better to it. Start working on projects now so that youth can Learn by Doing and enjoy the process.

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 Project Supplies

The Extension Office offers the following project supplies for sale for your convenience. We recommend that you purchase poster supplies here to ensure that you are using the correct size. It is difficult to find poster backing in the correct size at local stores.

Poster Set: white poster board, cardboard backing, plastic sleeve               $2

Plastic Sleeve:  poster or salon print                                                              $1

Cardboard Backing:                                                                                        $ .50

White Poster Board:                                                                                       $ .50

White Foam Board:                                                                                          $3

Electric 1 Circuit Board Parts:                                                                         $9

Electric 2 Shake Light Kit:                                                                               $20

Electric 3 Extension Cord Kit                                                                           $28

Electric 3 Trouble Light Kit                                                                              $42

Electric 4  Complete Lamp Kit                                                                           $22

 

Available while supplies last.

May/June

Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter

Educator's Corner

Planting season is upon us. A cool wet April has delayed planting, so I expect that as soon as the weather changes, farmers will be working long hours to catch up. Please be aware of farm machinery on the roads as more field work takes place.

  Livestock producers should be aware that while spring grasses are lush and look nutritious, they have a higher water content and lower energy content than later season grasses so livestock need to be supplemented with energy when out on spring grasses. Protein content is also higher on these grasses so introduce slowly to reduce bloat.   

  Gardeners should wait until all danger of frost is past before planting warm season vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, and beans. Be careful with wet soils since they will compact and cause poor emergence.

  Use caution with pesticides to prevent injury to people, plants, and pollinators. Create areas in your yard and garden to encourage pollinators and other beneficial insects.    

   Happy Gardening and have a wonderful spring! 

Sara

4-H Livestock Enrollment Update

4-H Online Enrollment is open for goats, sheep, swine, horses, and rabbits until May 15. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your livestock enrollment. Poultry are currently exempt from enrollment in 4-H Online.

Fair Entry will open after 4-H Online Enrollment closes for all species. Please enter the number of animals you intend to take to the fair. Substitutions will be allowed within species as long as that animal is enrolled in 4-H Online.

 The livestock committee will decide pen assignments based on the livestock entries in Fair Entry. If you decide not to bring an animal, please contact the Extension Office as soon as possible to have that animal removed from your entries.

Please note if you are exhibiting poultry, rabbits, goats, or sheep that penning space is limited and exhibitors will be allotted no more than 2 pens or cages per species.

If you plan to stay at the fairgrounds overnight you must have an overnight stay form approved by the 4-H Council. These forms may be found in your handbook and must be submitted to the Extension Office prior to Fair.

   Livestock superintendents will inspect all animals at unloading. If an animal is exhibiting symptoms of a potentially contagious disease, the animal will be isolated and held for veterinary inspection. Please make sure your animals are healthy before bringing them to the fair! Please see the Livestock Exhibitor Letter you received last month for detailed health requirements.

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Testing for Indiana Growers

By Darcy Telenko

Support from the SCN Coalition and National Soybean Board will continue to provide FREE soybean cyst nematode (SCN) soil testing this spring to Indiana growers.  If you have trouble fields that you have not had a recent SCN test please consider sending in a soil sample to test for SCN. Read more. 

Rainy Day Learning Opportunities

In case you get stuck at home due to weather, here are some great resources from Purdue University Extension to keep you occupied!

Purdue Extension Forestry Webinars

Archived webinars available

https://www.purdue.edu/fnr/extension/webinar/

Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

Archived webinars and podcasts available

https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/home/

Purdue Women in Ag Events and Webinars

https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/WIA/Pages/events.aspx

Midwestern Regional Climate Center

Tools for understanding how weather and climate affects crops and yield potential.

https://mrcc.purdue.edu 

Small Ruminant Monthly Webinar

4th Thursday of each month, 3rd Thursday of November and December.

https://bit.ly/2022PurdueSheepGoat

 

March/April

Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter

Educator's Corner

   As we look forward to spring, new challenges appear. Soon we will see new growth appear –Daffodils have already appeared in the area, and the maple trees are approaching bloom. Watch out for invasive species like callery (Bradford) pear. These trees may look pretty, but they pack a terrible odor, produce many fruits spread by birds, and the trees that have escaped cultivation have wicked thorns. Early spring is a good time to identify these trees and mark them for removal. They will be among the first trees to bloom and hillsides throughout the county will be white with their blooms.  

  As the soil temperature warms, consider planting spring vegetables like leafy greens and other cold-tolerant crops.

   Once the soils dry out sufficiently, field preparation will begin. Watch out for farm equipment on roadways and don’t get in too much of a hurry!

Ensure livestock have adequate energy supplementation as high protein spring grasses emerge. The grass may look lush, but it can’t support livestock on its own.  

   Have a wonderful spring!

Sara

 

Perry/Spencer Crop Day Offered in Hybrid Format

The annual Perry-Spencer Crop Day program will be held Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 PM CDT.  Like last year’s program, participants will have the option to take part virtually or on-site at either the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds in Tell City or the Spencer County Youth & Community Center in Chrisney.  Crop Day is a joint effort between Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Perry and Spencer Counties. 

The featured speakers this year include Dan Quinn, Purdue Extension Corn Specialist speaking on “Lessons Learned from the 2021 Growing Season” and Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension Soybean Specialist, speaking on “2022 Soybean Management Tips”. 

In addition, a presentation on regulations and best practices using mini-bulks will be included.  Private and commercial (categories 1, 14 and RT) applicator program credit will be available for both virtual and in-person participants.  No meal will be included in this year’s program. 

There is no registration fee to participate, however a $10 fee will apply to those needing applicator credit (both PARP and CCH).  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call (812) 547-7084 or register online at tinyurl.com/cropday2022.  Pre-registration is due by March 14.    

 

Rainy Day Learning Opportunities

In case you get stuck at home due to weather,  here are some great resources from Purdue University Extension to keep you occupied!

Equine Webinar Wednesdays

March 9: Dr. Amanda Farr

Health and Vaccinations

April 20: Dr. Robin Ridgeway

                        Trailer Safety

Register for free at:

https://tinyurl.com/3vxtxn88

Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

Archived webinars and podcasts available

https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/home/ 

Purdue Women in Ag Events and Webinars

https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/WIA/Pages/events.aspx

Midwestern Regional Climate Center

Tools for understanding how weather and climate affects crops and yield potential.

https://mrcc.purdue.edu

Purdue Pest and Crop News

https://extension.purdue.edu/fieldcroppathology/author/dtelenko/