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Forum Fridays Focus on Quality Forage for Livestock

Purdue Extension created an 11-session virtual series, Forage Forum Fridays, about seed industry, hay evaluations, private applicator...

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Annual Field Days at Purdue Agricultural Centers Lead to Financial Improvements from Adoption of Recommended Practices

There are 56,800 farming operations in Indiana, and 97% of Indiana’s farms are family-owned. Of Indiana’s roughly 23.3 million acres,...

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U.S. Department of Energy taps Purdue Extension to lead new Indiana collaborative for renewable energy

A developer approaches a local plan commission, seeking approval to locate a wind or solar farm in the community. But the community may not have an...

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Purdue workshop series to highlight hydroponics and greenhouse crop production

Home and commercial growers are invited to join the Purdue University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture for the Hydroponics for...

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4-H county fairs come to Indiana this summer, all are invited to attend

Mark your calendars! This summer, all are invited to attend 4-H county fairs across Indiana. A spreadsheet with a full list of dates can be...

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Purdue Women in Agriculture team seeks 2024 nominees for annual awards

The Women in Agriculture (WIA) team in Purdue University Extension is seeking nominees for the 2024 Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards, including...

Gardeners at any level are invited to join Purdue University Extension, the University of Tennessee, Iowa State University and North Carolina State University from April through September for the third year of the citizen-science experiment called “Citi-Sci: Gardening for Science!

Citi-Sci: Gardening for Science!’ experiment focuses on gardening preferences and effects on mental health, seeks participants

Gardeners at any level are invited to join Purdue University Extension, the University of Tennessee, Iowa State University and North Carolina State...

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Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities

Purdue Extension’s Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities program coaches communities through development of high...

High school students explore food science during 4-H Academy on Purdue University’s campus through hands-on activities led by faculty members and researchers.

Indiana 4-H participates in regional study focused on developing a 21st-century agriculture workforce

Indiana 4-H is seeking input from food, agriculture, forestry and related employers about current workforce needs including job recruitment...

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Youth Mental Health First Aid - Military Partnership

Purdue Extension provided the Youth Mental Health First Aid course 21 times during the year to concerned adults working with youth in military...

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Rehabilitation through cultivation—from incarceration to Master Gardeners

When he thinks of his childhood, Jacobo Mora recalls rows of fruit trees and colorful squash at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard in Goshen, Indiana....

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Purdue Extension Dining with Diabetes: Keeping health goals on track

The American Diabetes Association estimates that at least 1.7 million Hoosiers are living with prediabetes. To help with prevention and awareness,...

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Across Indiana, Adults Increased Knowledge of Food, Family, Money and Health

Purdue Extension offers a variety of effective, engaging programs based on community needs to increase knowledge and improve behaviors related to...

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Purdue FPAC Superintendent Brad Shelton receives Lawrence County Cattleman of the Year Award

Brad Shelton, superintendent of the Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC), received the Lawrence County Cattleman of the Year Award at the...

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Future Directions

Looking ahead … Purdue Extension is always assessing the needs of our Indiana communities to provide practical, research-based information to...

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Training International Farmers in Food Preservation and Processing

Purdue Extension, in collaboration with the University of West Indies at St. Augustine, is implementing the USAID John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter...

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Helping Hoosiers Get on their Feet

Purdue Extension provided education to adults about physical activity and ways to increase walking behaviors through Get WalkIN’. This...

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Returning to his roots: Stephen Meyers and the land-grant mission

If you’re cruising through northern Indiana in late summer or early fall, roll down your windows. Take a deep breath. Where does the smell...

Lynn Stieglitz and his son Jeremy standing in front of Milan  Center Feed and Grain in Northeast Indiana

Guiding Farm Families Down the Road of Succession Planning

Busy running a medium-sized milling operation as a family-owned business, Lynn Stieglitz hadn’t given much thought to succession...

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Purdue Extension’s UAV Program Prepares Participants to Fly Drones for Work or Hobby

 Purdue Extension created the UAV program for Indiana stakeholders. Over 240 sessions totaling 190 hours, training focused on UAV...

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Addressing Substance Use Recovery Together

Adam McQueen, assistant chief probation officer at Wayne County Probation, is an active member of the Taking Action to Address Substance Use in...

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Providing Support for Families Through Seasons of Change

Changes are a normal part of life; however, sudden or unexpected changes, such as a divorce or separation of parents, can significantly affect...

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Small Businesses Thrive by Improving and Expanding their Online Presence

To remain competitive, rural and small businesses need a well-designed online presence. In the past few years, small businesses adopted technology...

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Small town, big changes and giant impacts—Restoring pride in Laurel, Indiana

The 510 citizens of Laurel, Indiana have no grocery store and rely on two in-town gas stations for their food unless they have the transportation...

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Farmer-driven Research Creates Solutions

Mark Kingma, farmer cooperator in Jasper County, has been farming for 45 years with his family. In addition to knowledge from years of experience,...

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Purdue Center for Regional Development leads effort for Indiana’s Digital Equity Plan

The Purdue Center for Regional Development, in partnership with the Indiana Broadband Office, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs,...

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Teen Leaders Gain Leadership, Teamwork and Communication Skills

The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that top priorities in new hires were leadership, collaboration, communication,...

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Purdue Extension Professional Awards Recognized at Conference

A number of Purdue Extension Professionals were recognized at the annual Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference (PDC) on Thursday,...

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Teens and Adults Learn Interviewing for Jobs and Professional Behaviors for the Workplace

Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development estimates there will be 1 million jobs to fill by 2025. Workforce development is needed to...

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Shell Egg Academy Provides Food Safety Practices for Employees in Laying Hen Production and Egg Processing Plants

A national board was formed of individuals from industry, stakeholder organizations, and academia, including Purdue Extension, to collaborate and...

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Today's Teens Lead the Way

The Ag Innovators’ mission is to train 4-H youth to utilize modern technology for precision agriculture and other 21st century career paths....

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Purdue Turf & Landscape Field Day Equips Green Industry Professionals

There is a large demand for information and education among Midwest turf and landscape professionals. Collectively, those working in turf (natural...

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2023 Friend of Extension posthumously awarded to 4-H volunteer in Johnson County

Max Fitzpatrick was an integral member of Johnson County’s 4-H program, and he served the county for 70 years until he passed away last...

Crooks Award Winner - Jeff Burbrink

Purdue Extension announces 2023 Paul B. Crooks Outstanding Extension Educator Award and Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award winners

Purdue Extension’s 2023 Professional Development Conference Awards Program took place on December 14. At the event, Extension recognized some...

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Hardwood University Ensures Sustainable Management of Indiana’s Woodlands

Purdue Extension annually offers a program, Hardwood University, to provide expertise, technical assistance, and education to industrial...

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One Block at a Time: Community Driven Planning and Equitable Adaptation through Multi-Benefit Green Infrastructure

In long-running partnership with the two Indiana sites, Purdue Extension assisted in development of small community gardens to increase access to...

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El Nino Signals Warm, Dry Winter

Strong climatic signals for this winter, associated with what could become a “super El Nino,” show Indiana predicted to be warmer and...

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Field Day Explores Invasive Species Management

Invasive species, especially in native woodlands areas, are a major concern in southern Indiana woodlands. A full day invasive species workshop...

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Supporting climate-informed agricultural programming at Extension

A team of Extension personnel across five states, in partnership with the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, is working to better understand opportunities...

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Beef quality assurance trainings and certification program to teach daily management practices, proper caretaking skills

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and certification program will be offered in 17 Indiana counties this November. In partnership with the...

Purdue Broadband Team

The Time for Broadband is Now – Purdue University is Playing its Part

Purdue University—including Purdue Extension—is launching the Purdue Broadband Team (PBT) to harness the power of Indiana’s...

A skipper rests on the flower of an alfalfa plant, one of many forage species covered in the newly updated fourth edition of the Purdue Extension Forage Field Guide. The pocket guide covers all the vital information that forage producers need, including pest information, soil fertility, animal nutrition and more. (Purdue University photo/John Obermeyer)

Newly updated edition of Purdue Forage Field Guide provides essential information on forage management

The fourth edition of the Forage Field Guide from Purdue University Extension is now available for purchase on the Extension Education Store...

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Indiana 4-H Educators' Alaskan Experience

Effie Campbell, Indiana 4-H youth development educator for Purdue Extension – Dekalb County, and Tami Mosier, Indiana 4-H youth development...

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Former Indiana 4-H leader honored by the National 4-H Hall of Fame

Maurice “Maury” Kramer was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame to recognize his lifetime of contributions to 4-H.

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Upcoming bale grazing workshop to provide key industry insights

Aimed at the livestock industry, an upcoming bale grazing workshop will offer vital info on keeping animals on pasture, dealing with drought and...

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Purdue Extension educators selected for excellency at national level

Three Purdue Extension educators were selected as award winners with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). The awards...

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Stockmanship event to offer hands-on training in correctly handling livestock; will discuss economic benefits

This September, Stockmanship With Curt Pate, a dual-session event for producers that highlights the increased economic benefits of correctly...

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Indiana 4-H’ers share experiences from 2023

One of the many ways Indiana 4-H’ers find themselves applying learned skills is through exhibiting projects at county fairs and the Indiana...

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bethany Gremel was presented the 2023 Purdue Women in Agriculture Achievement Award on Aug. 3, 2023 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Pictured Angie Abbott, interim director of Purdue Extension and associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Bethany Gremel.

Indiana agriculture leaders honored by Purdue Extension

Three Indiana women were recognized by the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team for their dedication and leadership during a ceremony at the Indiana...

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Indiana Land Use Summit

Local government employees, plan commission members and conservation agencies are encouraged to join Purdue Extension and the Indiana State...