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Purdue Agriculture > Agricultures Magazine > Table of Contents - Spring 2014
Giving New Life to Rural Indiana

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Mayor Randy Strasser stands in Delphi opera house.
Week 1: Challenges and Opportunities 
Small communities are struggling to overcome economic and social problems. Purdue Agriculture is helping local leaders tackle these issues and give new life to rural Indiana.

Nikki Royer and her husband Scott Royer
Week 2: Rural Preservation
Many Purdue Agriculture graduates return to their home communities to work, raise a family and volunteer in the community. Two families who chose this path have joined many generations of their ancestors to preserve rural Indiana as a viable place to work and live.

couple walking dog along a wooded trail
Week 3: Great Ideas Get Help
Grant funding can make a big difference for Indiana towns and nonprofit organizations operating on tight budgets. Municipalities and nonprofits turn to Purdue Extension to learn how to write successful proposals.

Jason Henderson
Week 4: Land of Opportunity
The future for rural communities will likely be found outside the box, according to Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension. Residents will need to become pioneers of the 21st century and find new ways to live off the land.

Jennifer Pinkston picks up her Hoosier Harvest Market bag order.
Week 5: Extreme Makeovers 
Purdue Extension is helping rural communities reinvent themselves to meet changing consumer demands and the challenges of producing more food for a growing population on fewer acres.

Larissa Williams
Week 6: Paths Out of Poverty 
Purdue Extension's Getting Ahead class helped Larissa Williams turn her life around. After years out of the workforce, she now has a new career and a new outlook on life.

Gary Humphrey displays the trophy for Wine of the Year at the 2012 Indy International Wine Competition.
Week 7: River City Rescue
Gary Humphrey's 2011 Vignoles was the first Midwest wine to win Wine of the Year at Indy International. River City Winery's success also gave a big boost to New Albany's struggling downtown.

► Spotlights

playground swingset under construction  
Enhancing public spaces

New workshop series teaches community leaders skills and strategies to improve valuable public resources.

boy in a lab coat  
Fertile field awaits ag education graduates

Due to a shortage of agriculture teachers in Indiana and other states, agricultural education graduates can pick from a bumper crop of job opportunities.

Indiana Business Growth Network graphic  
Cultivating growing businesses

Purdue's Indiana Business Growth Network provides a network of support services to help existing companies grow.

Purdue Extension soybean specialist Shaun Casteel  
Grants fund ag, rural development projects

Purdue Agriculture has awarded $1million in state-funded grants for projects designed to advance Indiana's leadership in plant and animal agriculture and rural development.