Purdue Extension: Local Faces 14

Extension Local Faces Stories
Mark Kingma uses the On-Farm Network®, a program that relies on Purdue Extension, to help him make t
To Mark Kingma, farmers must have two qualities that are of equal importance: They must be profitable and they must be good stewards of the land. For the past four years, he has turned to Purdue Extension for help in strengthening those qualities.
Reyna Bracamontes of Frankfort arrived in Clinton County nearly 10 years ago. She earned her GED wit
Purdue Extension-Clinton County serves its growing Latino population by providing a variety of educational programs. Learn how one volunteer learned from Purdue Extension and shared her knowledge with others.
Jian-Kang Zhu, a professor in horticulture and biochemistry, studies how plants grow under stressful
When it's hard to grow food crops, people go hungry. One Purdue University Researcher experienced this firsthand while growing up in China. Jian-Kang Zhu studies how plants cope with poor environments with the goal of improving crops and alleviating hunger.
George C. Jones (right) of the Indiana State Department of Health turned to Purdue Extension to rece
The Food Protection Program of the Indiana State Department of Health is all about helping produce growers and packers keep food safe for consumers. Purdue Extension expertise has played a large role in the program.
Betsy Brower, Agronomist with Ceres Solutions
Hands-on training and experience are essential for successful professionals. And that's why Betsy Bower says she has attended workshops at the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC).
Judy Chandler hand feeds an apple to one of her cows, a favorite she raised on her farm. She credits
Judy Chandler learned a lot about farming - the "hard way." But she wanted to learn to do everything the right way. So she reached out to Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center for help.
Norman Voyles, Jr.
Norman Voyles Jr. truly enjoys the work he does on the Voyles Farms, Inc. grain and livestock farm he and his brother, Jim, own near Martinsville. And he credits a Purdue Extension program with helping him stay current on best practices for humane handling of cattle.
Melissa and Tim Ivey
Melissa and Tim Ivey of Huntington, Indiana, are feeling the excitement of any couple of building a new house. But the Ivey family has some additional responsibilities beyond picking out paint colors.
Patrick Lantz, a Purdue Master Gardener from Allen County, designed and maintained a demonstration g
Patrick Lantz gets a lot out of gardening. And gardening gives Lantz, a Purdue Extension Master Gardener volunteer, an opportunity to give something to his community.
Jan Huber, Greg Huber, Ted Huber, and Dana Huber
Ted and Dana Huber are one of Indiana's largest wine grape producers. Since the 1980s, they have counted on members of the Purdue Wine Grape Team, a part of Purdue Extension, for expert counsel on matters of the vine and cellar.
St. Joseph Rocketry Club members
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The St. Joseph County 4-H Aerospace Club competed in the final round of a nationwide rocket challenge. The video shows how the contest tested club members' skills at building and launching a model rocket that carried a delicate cargo of raw eggs.
Tammy Hanlin
Tamara Hanlin got some big help at Purdue Extension's Small Farms Conference, which offers expert advice each year to small farm owners that helps them make their operations more successful.
Kevin Keener developed a rapid egg cooling system that uses circulated carbon dioxide to create a th
A rapid-cooling process could not only reduce the likelihood of salmonella in eggs but also add weeks to their shelf life, according to research at Purdue University.
Purdue zipTrips deliver science-based electronic field trips directly to students in Cathy Deford's
Cathy Deford takes her seventh-grade science students on a field trip to Purdue every year . . . without ever leaving her classroom. Purdue zipTrips connects middle-schoolers all over the country with scientists doing cutting-edge research.
Purdue Extension Block Party
Purdue Extension brought Block Party to Indiana, an educational program that gives parents opportunities to help their children develop important math, science, language, reading, and problem solving skills by playing with blocks.
Family eating salad with dressing.
Salads are becoming increasingly popular choices as healthy meals, but Purdue University research shows that diners should choose dressings carefully to get the most out of their vegetables.
Skip and Susie Johnson, owners of Leisure Lawn of Fort Wayne, depend on Purdue Extension to provide
Skip and Susie Johnson say Purdue Extension helped them make good business decisions for their operation. They look to Purdue Extension for advice on lawn care and plant health, diagnosing plant diseases, and managing pest problems.
Kee-Hong Kim found that piceatannol, a compound found in red wine and several fruits, blocks immatur
Drinking red wine won't make you thinner, but Purdue research shows that a compound in red wine may stop new fat cells from developing.
Albert and Diane Armand rely on Purdue Extension-Decatur County to help them stay current on the lat
Albert and Diane Armand raise a wide variety of specialty and traditional crops and livestock on their Decatur County farm. They rely on Purdue Extension-Decatur County to help them stay current on the latest farming practices and techniques.
Teens attending
Indiana has the sixth highest infant mortality rate in the nation. One way Purdue Extension is helping solve this problem is the Have a Healthy Baby nutrition education program for pregnant teens and young adults.
Kalista Johnston, Entrepreneur, Grace Island Specialty Foods, Garrett, Indiana
From business planning to research-based scientific information, entrepreneurs turn to Purdue Extension as a vital business partner. Purdue Extension offers workshops, classes, and other resources to help entrepreneurs grow successful businesses.
Avtar Handa developed a tomato that makes it less susceptible to blossom end rot, a disease that cau
The dark tissue that signals blossom end rot in tomatoes is a major problem for large producers and home gardeners, especially under hot, dry conditions. But a Purdue researcher has found a way to greatly reduce occurrences of the disease.
Young mom attending Purdue's Moms Together Program
Thirty percent of all new mothers in Grant County are teens. Purdue Extension-Grant County is helping those mother develop the skills they need to raise their children successfully.
Alan Smock trusts Purdue Extension information from a local Purdue Agricultural Center to make good
As Alan Smock manages his southern Indiana forestland, he relies on information from Purdue Extension to help guide his decisions.
Jill Overton, food service director for Franklin Community Schools, can't overstate the case for foo
Jill Overton has more than 4,000 reasons to think about food safety - that's how many meals cafeteria staff at Franklin Community Schools prepare each school day. She turned to Purdue Extension for food safety workshops to train her staff.
Tina Tyzzer keeps her turkeys and chickens healthy with help from the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnos
The success of Tina Tyzzer's small poultry business depends on the health of her animals. If one or more of her heritage turkeys and chickens might be ill, she turns to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at Purdue University.
A Purdue Extension program taught Tara Conn and her family to stretch their food budget while choosi
Tara Conn credits Purdue Extension and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) for her family's healthier diet. "They taught me about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables, and how to cook safely," she says.
Information from Purdue Extension helped Indiana farmer Kenny George improve his soybean crop.
Indiana farmer Kenny George suspected something was wrong with the soybeans he planted each year. They weren't growing as tall or lush as others he'd seen.
Purdue Extension programs strengthen and build Indiana's human capital. These benefits can't always
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Purdue Extension programs strengthen and build Indiana's human capital. These benefits can't always be measured in dollars and cents, and yet, their value to the citizens of communities all across Indiana is real.
Jennifer Pinkston picks up her Hoosier Harvest Market order from the Purdue Extension-Hancock County
Food shoppers in central Indiana are finding the Hoosier Harvest Market food hub of Purdue Extension to be a convenient way to add fresh, local foods to their meals.
Kristin Dill, a sophomore at West Lafayette High School, shows Jonathan Siskind, 9, how to extract s
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A Purdue Extension program called Teens Teaching Youth AgriScience/Biotechnology gives high schools and elementary school students to learn more about science from one another.
Man holding fish above fish tank.
Phillip Shambach of Romney needed some special help to realize his dream of starting a fish farm. He got it from Purdue Extension.
Melva Stamberger, Purdue Extension-Fulton County Educator, works with fourth-graders to provide them
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More than 3,000 fourth-graders in Fulton County have seen the light in their classrooms, literally, over the last dozen years thanks to a Purdue Extension-Fulton County partnership with Touchstone REMC.
Expertise from a Purdue Extension agricultural economist guides elected official  Michael Griffin (p
Highland Clerk-Treasurer Michael Griffin in Lake County is among the state's many local government officials who depend on Purdue Extension to provide education on public issues.
Members of the J.U.B.I.L.A.N.T. 4-H Club at the Roberto Clemente Center in East Chicago hold up some
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Luz Wilson has worked with kids for more than 20 years, but considers her current assignment one of the most rewarding.
Grant County farmer Randy Kitts checks conditions in his soybean field. When head scab affected his
Randy Kitts, a Grant County farmer, discovered how applying fungicide at exactly the right moment provided his wheat crop the protection it needed from fungal foes to grow stronger and more productive.
When Ward Wilkins is not farming, he harvests trees from his carefully managed woodlands in Montgome
Purdue Extension forestry experts say Ward Wilkins is a woodlands owner who does it right - he's a steward who cares deeply about the natural resource of his property and manages it well so it can thrive for future generations to enjoy.
Paul Flint, a farmer in Daviess County, turned to Purdue Extension for help during the drought of 20
Paul Flint was like many producers trying to deal with problems wrought by the summerlong drought of 2012. He had concerns and questions - plenty of both - about the condition of his crops and how to care for his 75 head of cattle.
Bob Andrews, executive director of the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association, says the P
When Bob Andrews needs to solve a lawn care mystery, he turns to the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory.
By following insecticide application recommendations from Purdue Agriculture experts, Lewis Flohr's
A few years ago, Lewis Flohr looked at the insect counts in Purdue Entomology's Pest & Crop Newsletter and decided to forgo some of his pesticide applications the next spring. The newsletter helped him make an informed decision that saved him money.
Goat cheese producer Judy Schad and her husband Larry own Capriole Inc. in Greenville. They credit t
The way goat cheese producer Judy Schad sees it, Purdue's Heeke Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Dubois, Indiana, plays a key role in the success of her livelihood.
With help from Purdue Extension, Floyd Mowry protected his 
apple crop from a damaging fungus.
After a particularly bad growing season, nearly 85 percent of the apples at Mowry's Fruit Farm were affected by apple scab. Mowry turned to Janna Beckerman, a Purdue associate professor of botany and plant pathology, for help.