Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC), a gift of 486 acres from William E Pinney and his daughter, Myra, that was dedicated to “the advancement of agriculture and the enrichment of country life.” This facility has changed over the years on types of research projects at the farm, but the mission has remained the same -- providing local research on important issues. On the farm, Red Poll cattle were being bred to find the best combination of a beef and dairy cow possible. Also on display will be old iron tractors from each of the past 10 decades and modern tractors. There was also research on early corn and soybeans varieties that continues to this day. Studies now involve research on pests and diseases that can be problems and the best solutions that could arise. Over the years, horticulture research was also added to the farm. This involves projects such as tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, and much more!
The day will get stared with various presentations that will repeat. The following topics will be covered as well as continuous displays that will be available all day. The emcee will be Marshall Martin, Senior Associate Director of Agricultural Research at Purdue; Assistant Dean; Professor of Agricultural Economics. Our keynote speaker is Fred Whitford, Clinical Engagement Professor, Director of Purdue Pesticide Programs. You can find updates on the event at http://purdue.ag/pinney2019 and register to attend at http://tinyurl.com/Pinney100Year or call Porter County Extension Office at 219-465-3555.
Agenda for Pinney Centennial Celebration
9 am - Welcome/registration
9:15 – 10:35 am – Presentations in 20-minute intervals
• Red Poll cattle at Pinney – Shuter Farms of Frankton, IN
• Vintage corn & soybean varieties – R Nielsen, S Casteel
• Heirloom garden of early 1900s era – Master Gardeners
10:45 am – Keynote speaker Fred Whitford – Commemorating the gift and impact of the Pinney Farm
11:30 am – Special guest introductions and presentations followed by lunch catered by Birky Farms
1 – 2:30 pm – Additional time to view continuous displays and repeat morning presentations
• History of Agriculture: 1919-2019 by Local FFA Chapters
• Antique farm machinery display – Local farmers
• Video of Pinney Farm photos from past to present
• Framed photos and cattle show awards from past Pinney Farm history
If you would like to consider being a sponsor and join us on June 22 for the Pinney-Purdue Ag Center Centennial Celebration, please contact Gene Matzat, La Porte County Extension Educator. You will need to do so by Monday, June 10 at 219-324-9407.
Contact Information: Nikky Witkowski, 219-465-3555