A Message from Dean Akridge
Ever True to Land-Grant Mission
Published November 6, 2015
Dean Jay Akridge
In announcing "Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University," President Mitch Daniels invited the entire Purdue family to support the largest fundraising
effort in the university's history to "elevate our university's reputation for research excellence and intellectual achievement in a new era of
accountability in higher education."
The College of Agriculture has been fortunate over the years to have so many alumni and friends who give their generous support. It helps us prepare
students for careers that will make an impact, stretch the frontiers of science to find solutions for many of our most pressing global challenges, and,
through Purdue Extension and engagement programs, help the people of Indiana, the nation and the world strengthen their lives and livelihoods.
You will see evidence of this in Agricultures, with these articles illustrating the breadth and scope of just some of Purdue Agriculture's
- Purdue Extension has a long history of service to our military veterans and their families through many programs, the latest of which helps veterans get
established in agriculture.
- Students' time at Purdue is not limited to the classroom and the pursuit of good grades; we strongly encourage them to work summer internships and get
involved in other "transformational experiences" that will help them become the strongest job candidates they can be.
- The Purdue Improved Crop Storage project, known as PICS, has helped smallholder farmers in East and West Africa not only improve their livelihoods but
also provide more food for their communities and themselves year-round. The crop-saving bags have been received so well that they are the focus of an
annual celebration in Burkina Faso.
With the help of our supporters throughout this campaign, we will remain ever true to our land-grant mission of furthering education, research and outreach
to help people right down the street, throughout the state, across the country and around the world.
Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture