November 2018 Stories

Ag Alumni leader and friend of Purdue Agriculture retires

Monday, November 5th, 2018

After nearly three decades serving Purdue’s College of Agriculture and its alumni, Donya Lester, executive director of the Agricultural Alumni Association, retired in August. Lester shepherded the alumni association through an era of dynamic growth. She was passionate about establishing ties between students and alumni, creating the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program in 2012. She was…

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Support agriculture students with Ag Alumni Swiss Cheese

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Purdue Ag Alumni Swiss Cheese is now available. The cheese was formulated in the 1950s by a Purdue professor of agriculture and has been a favorite of alumni in the decades since. Proceeds go to the Purdue Ag Alumni Trust and support scholarships and student programs, including the College of Agriculture Public Policy Internship Program…

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MESA program director named National Social Worker of the Year

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Ten years ago, Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez (BA ’96, social sciences) established a program in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication to prevent sexual violence across the life span of farm workers, Latin American immigrants and other marginalized populations. Her ongoing work as director of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) has earned her…

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Celebrating Giant Leaps in agriculture at the Ag Alumni Fish Fry

Monday, November 5th, 2018

  From Homecoming 2018 to Homecoming 2019, Purdue University marks its sesquicentennial by commemorating 150 Years of Giant Leaps. Purdue and the College of Agriculture will host a variety of events including many focused on four topics: a sustainable economy and planet, health and longevity, space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Purdue will display its impact…

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Unexpected consumer reactions to mandated GMO labeling

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Federal legislation mandates the labeling of foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients (commonly called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs) by 2020. Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, wanted to test how consumers would respond to this labeling. His recently published findings surprised many — including him. Co-authored with Jane…

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National Black Farmers Association honors AgrAbility

Monday, November 5th, 2018

AgrAbility’s vision is to enhance the quality of life for agricultural workers with a wide range of disabilities from arthritis and back impairments to spinal cord injuries, amputations and behavioral health issues. Approximately 19 percent of active farm operators are no longer able to perform essential tasks due to a disability. AgrAbility works to ensure…

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