Purdue prepares firefighters

firefighters manage a controlled burn during a training course in Martell Forest

Purdue prepares firefighters The fall of 2017 was one of the worst wildfire seasons on record, with over 1.3 million acres burned in September alone. With fires burning across Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California, thousands of firefighters were required to extinguish them. But to battle wildfires managed by the federal government and many states,…

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Engaging underrepresented students in STEM

Engaging underrepresented students in STEM A research team led by Levon Esters, associate professor of youth development and agricultural education, has received $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to help underrepresented minority students learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Using engineering principles integrated with agricultural and life sciences, approximately 300 fourth through…

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Help to go organic

corn harvester in field

Help to go organic U.S. growers sold $7.6 billion worth of certified organic commodities in 2016, an increase of 23 percent from the previous year. Hoosier farmers operating on thin margins see opportunity in the fast-growing organic grain market, but there have been few resources in the state to help with the complex transition. A…

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