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Agricultural Science and Education IMPACT


 Agricultural Science and Education IMPACT

Example Impact Statements (short or summary form)


Example 1.
Social Impact -- Over a two-year period, the Hancock County Superior Court judge in Indiana saw 150 bad-check-writing offenders. To keep offenders from returning to court, the judge asked the county Extension educator to teach educable, convicted offenders how better to manage their money. None of the 70 individuals who have taken the course in the past two years has come back through the court system on bad check-writing charges.

Example 2.
Economic Impact -- Respiratory disease caused by Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp) affects nearly every swine producer's pigs in the U.S. Purdue researchers showed that vaccination of sows improves both sow and piglet immunity to Mhp and helps prevent transfer of the disease from sows to piglets. They estimate that under SEW conditions, the ten-cent-per-pig vaccine could save producers $5 to $10 per pig.

Example 3.
Environmental Impact -- For years, Indiana's 200-plus apple growers have used miticides to control mites, but the chemical sprays were expensive and not very effective. Purdue research has shown that the keys to reducing European red mite populations are to use harmless predator mites that eat the mite pests and to make just a few applications of new miticides that kill the pest, but not its predators. As a result, Indiana apple growers have reduced miticide applications to an average of less than one spray per season instead of three, reduced average pesticide costs by two-thirds and achieved better control of the pest.

Example 4.
Social Impact (anecdotal) -- Highly publicized incidents of schoolyard violence, some ending in fatalities, have focused public attention on violence and school safety. Community System-Wide Response specialists organized a statewide Purdue Extension conference on juvenile violence, gang activity and school safety for community leaders. One attendant, a junior high school principal, said the workshop changed his whole view about the safety of his school and current happenings in the community. He improved school security the very next day.

Example 5.
Economic Impact (potential) --Insects eat $12 million worth of stored grain in Indiana each year, and pesticides have been the tool that grain handlers use to stop them. University researchers, looking for ways to reduce pesticide use, found a potential alternative in ozone fumigation. In initial tests, ozone fumigation killed more than 90 percent of major insect pests and cut Aspergillus fungus populations by more than half. It leaves no residue in grain, does not escape into the environment, and appears to be economically competitive.