A Message from Dean Akridge

Feeling the Passion of Our Work

Published May 12, 2016

Dean Jay Akridge
Dean Jay Akridge

Our world faces many challenges:

  • How to make agriculture more efficient and productive so we can produce enough healthy, nutritious food for a rapidly growing world population—all the while adapting to a changing climate and using scarce resources ever more efficiently.
  • How to protect the population from deadly diseases spreading from country to country and unlock the secrets of how to eradicate them.
  • How to strengthen communities and local economies to help people improve their lives and livelihoods.
  • How to make sure our young people acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to lead the world forward—and play their role in addressing challenges like those above.

The list could go on and on.

Ultimately, we must find ways to address these challenges. One of the most exciting things to me about our work in the Purdue College of Agriculture is our shared mission to help solve many of the world’s most pressing problems and create a better future for generations to come.

You will see some of that important work reflected in this issue. The stories you will read are just a small sample of what faculty, staff and students do daily in laboratories, fields, classrooms and in our state and around the world. They are helping to help find solutions to problems and ultimately improve lives and make our planet a better place.

If you keep these thoughts in mind as you read through the articles in this and every issue of Agricultures, I am sure you will feel that sense of passion, dedication, commitment and excellence that radiates from and through our College of Agriculture. I know I do.

Jay Akridge

Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture