Points of Pride
Purdue Agriculture faculty members are award-winning researchers and teachers. Their accomplishments help position Purdue Agriculture for leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels in food, agricultural, life, and natural resources sciences.
#6 Agricultural Program in the US                                                                                                                                            
#7 Agricultural Program in the US                                                                                                                                            

College of Agriculture Rankings


3 World Food Prize laureates: Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina (2017), Professors Phil Nelson (2007) and Gebisa Ejeta (2009) (The World Food Prize Foundation)
Home to the only plant phenotyping facility at a U.S. university
#12 Agriculture program in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds 2020)
#7 Agriculture program in the U.S. (Quacquarelli Symonds 2020)
#1 Agricultural and Biological Engineering program in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2020)


#1 Agricultural and Biological Engineering program in the U.S. (10th year running) (College of Agriculture Academic Programs 2020)
#4 Agricultural Economics program in the world (Center for World University Rankings 2017)
#7 Landscape Architecture program in the U.S. (Design Intelligence 2016)


#2 Agricultural and Biological Engineering program in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2020)

World Food Prize Laureates

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina​​​

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina Agricultural Economics Alumnus

Purdue University alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as a reformer and leader of the agricultural sector in Africa. Adesina joins Purdue faculty members Gebisa Ejeta (2009) and Philip Nelson (2007) as the third World Food Prize Laureate from Purdue in the past decade. More
Gebisa Ejeta​​​

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta Distinguished Professor of Agronomy

The 2009 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world’s five principal grains, enhancing the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. More
Dr. Philip Nelson​​​

Dr. Philip Nelson Professor Emeritus of Food Science

Dr. Philip E. Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, was awarded the 2007 World Food Prize for his innovative breakthrough technologies which have revolutionized the food industry, particularly in the area of large-scale storage and transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables using bulk aseptic food processing. More
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