November 2016

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From the Dean

Jay Akridge

Building a diverse and inclusive climate that supports excellence in all we do is one of the pillars of our College’s strategic plan. But regardless of one’s politics, events such as the long, contentious, and divisive Presidential election campaign can impact our ability to make progress toward that goal. How do we respond to external events like this that can create an environment that challenges what we have set out to do?

I believe our response to that question is based on our College’s vision statement and statement of values – principles that our faculty, staff, and students worked hard to articulate when we were developing our strategic plan. Our task when developing the strategic plan was to articulate what we believe in as a College, to identify those principles that are most important to us, to define what we want to be and what we want to aspire toward. Reviewing those foundational principles and values seems especially important now.

Our vision statement includes this element:

  • Creating an inclusive culture that supports innovation, excellence, and respect for all.

Seven words form our College’s statement of values: Passion, Engagement, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Respect, and Collegiality. Those last three words are reflected in our statement of values as:

  • Diversity, in the fullest and richest sense of the word, across our people, our stakeholders, our ideas, our work.
  • Respect, for all individuals, for all perspectives, for all missions and the collegiality that must be present to build an inclusive climate.

More broadly, this statement is part of every position announcement at Purdue:

  • Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer.  Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.

The challenge is how to make these statements more than just words on a page. We must make them truly reflect who we are as a College. Those who attended our College faculty meeting earlier this week heard me share some of the ways we are working on diversity and inclusion. For instance, we are investing heavily in the University's Diversity Catalyst program; recognizing and lifting up those who have contributed above and beyond to building a better climate with the Unsung Hero award and the Diversity Spotlight feature in this newsletter; engaging in diversity and inclusion training for our leaders and search committee members; and supporting a robust Diversity Action Team in Agriculture (DATA), among other initiatives. Next month, our College leadership team will meet with directors of Purdue’s Cultural Centers and LGBTQ Center at the Black Cultural Center to learn more about how we can best partner with these important Centers.

But, in the end, climate is ultimately about how we treat each other every day through the respect we demonstrate for others regardless of what they work on, their job classification, their gender, their race/ethnicity, their religion, their sexual orientation, or any other personal difference. As Ken Foster so thoughtfully pointed out in a message to his Department: “Engage positively with those who reflect diversity from yourself. Everything--including a smile or a hello, holding a door, and making sure that everyone’s point of view is heard and respected in meetings--matters greatly in reducing apprehension as well as capitalizing on Purdue's greatest strength - the diversity of its people.” Such small gestures of respect are especially needed now.

At the same time, I believe we as a College must do more if we are to realize our vision. Ultimately, the values of diversity, respect, and collegiality must permeate every decision we make: hiring decisions, decisions about awards and recognitions, service assignments, and much more. Despite progress, we have much work to do, but our full leadership team and I remain personally committed to working with each of you to build a community that is diverse, inclusive, and delivers excellence in all we do. And we are counting on you to work with us and with each other to make this happen here.

The Thanksgiving holiday provides an opportunity to reflect on those things we are thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity work in a College and for a University that is developing solutions for some of the greatest challenges facing our state, nation, and world. And, I am especially thankful to work with a group of incredibly dedicated administrators, faculty, staff, and students who are committed to building a climate of respect for all.

All the best,



Purdue Agriculture People


Profiles in Teaching: Katy Martin Rainey

Katy Martin RaineyProfiles in Teaching focuses each month on an individual whose work reflects our commitment to learning at Purdue. This month’s spotlight is on Dr. Katy Martin Rainey, Agronomy.

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Diversity Champion Spotlight: Kimber Nicoletti

Kimber NicolettiThe Diversity Champion Spotlight recognizes an individual or group whose efforts help us build a diverse and inclusive community and/or improve the climate in the College of Agriculture. This month’s spotlight is on Kimber Nicoletti, MESA Program director in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.




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Graduate Research Spotlight: Gabriel Hughes

Gabriel HughesThe Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. This month's spotlight is on Gabriel Hughes, Entomology; advisor, Matt Ginzel..

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Ag Communication introduces photo database

soybean fieldThe Agricultural Communication Department is pleased to introduce Libris, a PhotoShelter digital asset management solution that gives College of Agriculture and Purdue Extension faculty and staff members access to photos that have been taken by a variety of photographers. Libris users can find photos by using key words, image descriptions, date range, and photo file names. There is a HELP section in the header for any guidance you might need to navigate the web site. Help/Tips are also posted with specific information about such issues as photo sizing and downloading. Ag Communication currently has over 12,400 photographs in Libris and more images are being added every week. Our goal is to provide a service that will benefit everyone’s communication efforts. To gain access to Libris, please contact Gina Price at Gina will send you an email that provides access after you enter your own password. Gina is also available to answer any questions you might have as you begin to use the site.



TEAM Award call for nominations

Since 1995, Purdue Agriculture has recognized an outstanding collaborative effort within our programs and across the university. Nominations are invited for the 2017 Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award. The 2016 TEAM Award will be presented at a ceremony in May, and the winning team will be awarded $10,000 for program support. Nominations must be sent electronically to Cindy Ream at by December 5. TEAM Award guidelines and required nomination cover sheet:


Finalists for Associate Dean and Director of IPIA to visit

Four candidates have been invited to interview for the Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture position. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the seminar presentations (see below) and to engage in the interview process for this important position. Seminars will be streamed and archived for viewing by Purdue faculty, staff and students via the director search link on the IPIA home page. This site also includes candidate information including credentials and feedback forms/feedback survey links.

Dr. Amrit Bart, University of Georgia
Interview:  Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18
Seminar: Thursday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the Krannert Auditorium, Krannert Room 140

Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey, Purdue University
Interview:  Thursday and Friday, December 1 & 2
Seminar: Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

Dr. Sylvie Brouder, Purdue University
Interview:  Monday and Tuesday, December 5 & 6
Seminar: Monday, December 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

Dr. Gerald Shively, Purdue University
Interview:  Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 & 8
Seminar: Wednesday, December 7 at 9:00 a.m. in the Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

There will be additional opportunities provided for you to engage the candidates in conversation about the future of the International Programs in Agriculture. Those opportunities will be announced as the itineraries are developed. Feedback forms will be provided at all faculty, staff and student dialogue sessions with the candidates. Your input into this process is very important, and you are strongly encouraged to complete one of these forms or use the electronic survey links for each candidate. 


College participates in Bravo Awards Program

Bravo AwardPurdue Agriculture will participate in the Bravo Award program again this year. The Bravo Award is intended to highlight the excellence found across all areas and job functions at Purdue by recognizing and rewarding extraordinary achievements on every scale. The Bravo Award is a one-time cash award to employees at all levels in recognition of substantial accomplishments that extend well beyond regular work responsibilities. Acknowledging employee accomplishments that help Purdue make a difference with our students and in our state and help us move the world forward is vital to the University's mission and the morale of our faculty and staff. Click here for more information and FAQs about the Bravo Award. You can find the Bravo Award nomination form here. Please use this form—not any older versions. If you have questions, please contact your business manager.


Attention Researchers: FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

The Federal Trade Commission has charged OMICS Group, Inc. for hundreds of online academic journals that have been released with deceiving academics and researchers and hiding publications fees that now range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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A reminder about tracking civil rights and diversity training

Civil Rights logoThe College of Agriculture is committed to making ongoing improvements to policies and practices to assure that race, ethnicity and gender are not barriers to success. During our USDA Federal Civil Rights Compliance Audit in 2012, it was brought to our attention that we did not have a formal tracking system in place to verify that all faculty, staff and graduate students received appropriate training. In order to comply with this, individuals are required to receive training in civil rights (the regulations), diversity awareness or sexual harassment each year. Therefore, we created a system utilizing the Qualtrics survey tool to have individuals self-report completion of their training. Rather than mandate a specific training, we are asking you to comply by recording training you have been to already or attend any training that fits your needs and interests and enhances your knowledge/understanding of diversity, civil rights or sexual harassment. 

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Training modules available for faculty and staff

Risk Management, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, announces the availability of the Risk Management Employment Claims Initiative education program. The program helps employees and supervisors understand employment-related issues such as discrimination, harassment, disability awareness and accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), overtime rates, and other university leave policies. Participants will complete four training modules and corresponding certification quizzes: 1) Equal Opportunity; 2) Americans with Disabilities Act; 3) Wage and Hour Issues for Employees and Supervisors; and 4) Family and Medical Leave Act and University Leave Policies.

The training modules and instructions for accessing the certification quizzes are located on the Purdue Employee Portal. Each training module is approximately 20 to 25 minutes long. Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Opportunity will also fulfill College of Agriculture requirements for civil rights training as required by the USDA. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to complete these training modules. Faculty and staff participation in these training modules impacts the College's share of insurance costs.

Awards and Recognitions

garybennettGary Bennett, Entomology, received the 2016 Celebration of Excellence Award for Mature Program - Noncredit from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Central Region. He was recognized for the nine courses developed under his leadership for Purdue's Integrated Pest Management programs. His nominator, Robin Cunningham, Associate Director of Degree and Professional Programs at Purdue University Digital Education, said "Purdue University is a leader in technical education for the pest control industry making pest training affordable and accessible. These courses have been the 'training of choice' for thousands of pest management professionals. National pest management companies have adopted a number of the courses as standard training for their employees and nearly every state in the country has approved one or more of the courses for certification and/or recertification."


Teaching AcademyDavid Barbarash, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Haley Oliver, Food Science, and Rod Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources, are among 13 Purdue faculty members who will be inducted into the Purdue University Teaching Academy on November 15. Rod Williams automatically qualifies for induction as a winner of the 2016 Murphy Award, and David Barbarash and Haley Oliver were identified by their departments or the College based on evidence of excellence in teaching, innovation in teaching methodology, teaching-related service, and scholarship in teaching and learning. Currently, 20 College of Agriculture faculty members are in the Teaching Academy.




joshrandallJosh Randall, a freshman in Botany and Plant Pathology from Danville, Indiana, was the national proficiency winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resources at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. Working in the field, Josh collected and interpreted data and conducted outreach through natural resource legislation and proposals. He was also instrumental in the creation of a habitat and wildlife learning center located at the middle school in Danville.




Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference Awards


Ted McKinneyDirector's Award: Ted McKinney, Director, Indiana Department of Agriculture






Paul MarcellinoPaul B. Crooks Award: Paul Marcellino, county Extension director and educator, Howard County





Paul EbnerOutstanding Extension Faculty/Specialist Award:  Paul Ebner, Animal Sciences





Kiersten WiseOutstanding Extension Faculty/Specialist Award: Kiersten Wise, Botany and Plant Pathology






Ann Hancook AwardAnn Hancook Award: Left to Right: Jane Jett (Posey), Lisa Graves (assistant program leader, HHS Extension/nutrition science specialist) and Christina Ferroli (Marion)

Not Pictured: Stacey Faith (Johnson) and Janeen Longfellow (former educator, Noble).






Team AwadTeam Award: Left to Right: Susan Plassmeier (Vanderburgh), Ashley Roberts (NEP regional supervisor), Jan Dougan (Dubois), Jennifer Cannon (Putnam), Janet Steffens (Floyd), Stephanie Woodcox (assistant program leader, HHS Extension/health and wellness specialist), Megihann Leininger (NEP regional supervisor), Molly Hoag (Wells), and Peg Ehlers (Switzerland)

Not Pictured: Brooke Wilkinson (Clay, Owen) and Karen Yehle (associate professor, School of Nursing)



Travis LegleiterEarly Career Award: Travis Legleiter, weed science program specialist, Botany and Plant Pathology.






Peter HirstMid-Career Award: Peter Hirst, tree fruit specialist and professor of horticulture, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.






Rosie LernerCareer Award: Rosie Lerner, consumer horticulturist,  Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.






Paul EbnerLeadership Award: Paul Ebner,  Animal Sciences, for his work in international Extension, education for non-agricultural audiences on food animal production, and food safety and security.





Friends of ExtensionFriends of Extension Award: Tim Beck and Chris Clark, hunter education coordinators, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement, for teaching, outreach and engagement with 4-H shooting sports volunteers and Extension faculty and specialists.    





Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Awards

Brad KohlhagenIndividual: Brad Kohlhagen, ANR educator, Purdue Extension - Adams County.






ANR Team AwardTeam: Master Gardener Leadership Roundtable: Left to Right: Amy Thompson (Monroe), Phil Cox (Vermillion), Jenna Nees (Putnam), Jim Luzar (Parke) and Sadie Davis (Greene)








Community Development Awards


Hans SchmitzIndividual: Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension - Gibson County director and ANR educator.






Community Development TeamTeam: Community Leadership Development Signature Program: Left to Right: Cindy Barber (Daviess), Mark Kepler (Fulton), Terri Newcom (Tipton), Loir Bouslog (Sullivan), Becky Holbert (Vermillion), Karen Hinshaw (Huntington), Kristi Whitacre (Vigo), Alice Smith (Jasper) and Bo Beaulieu (Community Development Extension program leader and assistant director of Purdue Extension) Not Pictured: Janet Ayres (former professor and Extension specialist, agricultural economics), Melinda Grismer (community and regional development specialist, Purdue Center for Regional Development), Kris Parker (Northwest District regional community development educator) and Heather Strohm (Southwest District regional community development educator)


Health & Human Sciences Awards

Atina RozhonIndividual: Atina Rozhon, Purdue Extension - Jennings County director and HHS educator.






HHS Team AwardTeam: Preserving Foods Safely at Home: Left to Right: Brenda Hagedorn (Perry, Spencer), Jane Jett (Posey), and Susan Plassmeier (Vanderburgh)







Indiana 4-H Youth Development Awards

Mitch WagonerBob Amick Award: Mitch Wagoner, 4-H educator, Purdue Extension - Knox County







Liz BeiersdorferIndividual: Liz Beiersdorfer, 4-H educator, Purdue Extension - Dearborn County







4H Team AwardTeam: Crime Busters Mania: Left to Right: Chevron May (Posey), Cathy Boerste (Perry), Jane Ann Beard (Daviess), Randy Brown (Vanderburgh), Carla Kidwell (Warrick) and Megan Hoffherr (Gibson). Not Pictured: Larry Dimmett (former director and educator, Spencer)






Diversity Award

Diversity AwardNavigating Difference: Left to Right: Bill Horan (Wells), Andrew Martin (Newton), Cindy Hartman (Fayette), Katie Zuber (Lawrence), Hugh Tonagel (LaPorte), Jan Dougan (Dubois), Marcia Parcell (Dearborn), Teresa Witkoske (Wabash), Samm Johnson (Allen), and Amy Nierman (Southeast District director). Not Pictured: Carmen DeRusha (former educator, Marion), Melissa Merida (former director and educator, Floyd) and Steve Yoder (Central District community development educator)




Cooperative Extension Service Team Award

CES Team AwardCamp Downtown: Left to Right: Patty Keating (Porter), Hugh Tonagel (LaPorte) and Mary Foell (LaPorte)








Purdue Agriculture in the News

Conference to explore new market opportunities for farmers

Purdue ExtensionFarmers, agribusiness operators, policymakers and financial professionals can learn about opportunities to supplement farm income, manage farm finances and expand into growing markets at a conference presented by Purdue Extension and the community development organization Dubois Strong. Session topics will highlight opportunities in growing markets such as local foods, renewable energy, and livestock and poultry farming, as well as federal programs available for small and new farmers, said Purdue Extension educator Kenneth Eck. The 2016 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit will be held Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the Huntingburg Event Center, 200 E. 14th St., Huntingburg. Registration is free and open to the public.

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Scientists trace plant hormone pathway back 450 million years

jody banksPurdue scientists got a glimpse into more than 450 million years of evolution by tracing the function of a hormone pathway that has been passed along and co-opted by new species since the first plants came onto land. Flowering plants today, known as angiosperms, use the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) to keep seeds dormant until ready for germination and to open and close stomates, tiny openings on leaves used to control gas exchange. “This hormone is important for drought tolerance,” said Jody Banks, Botany and Plant Pathology. “When plants are water-stressed, ABA levels shoot up and close the stomates so the plants won’t wilt as quickly.” The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of Monday (Oct. 24) and are available at

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Ag law specialist: Notification for farm lease changes should be made in writing

geraldharrisonIndiana landowners and tenant farmers who want to renegotiate or terminate farmland leases should deliver clear, timely, written notification of their intentions rather than relying on word-of-mouth, says Gerald Harrison, a Purdue Extension agricultural law specialist in Agricultural Economics. Gerald Harrison, a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, said a 2012 ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals indicated that notification to terminate a lease agreement must be made in writing, properly identify the property and be delivered in a timely manner. The Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year unless the two sides have agreed on a different date. By custom, crop years end the last day of February - in this case, Feb. 28, 2017 - meaning the deadline for delivering notification is before Dec. 1, 2016. If no changes are made to the lease, the existing terms remain in place for the next year.

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Barometer: Producer sentiment falls as future optimism wanes

October BarometerProducer sentiment about the agricultural economy fell in October as focus shifted to 2017 and optimism about the future declined, according to the November 1 reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The Barometer landed at 92, down nine points from September's 101 reading. The October reading is the second-lowest since data collection began a year ago, with only March's 85 coming in lower. The barometer is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers.The drop was due in large part to the Index of Future Expectations, which fell from 109 in September to 95 in October, said Jim Mintert, barometer principal investigator and director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture. "The decline in producer sentiment recorded during October was primarily driven by an erosion in producers' perspective regarding the long-run health of the U.S. agricultural economy," he said.

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Purdue student uses new technology to locate unknown piece of endangered Indiana prairie

Ryan SchroederUtilizing advances in soil-mapping technology, Purdue Agriculture student Ryan Schroeder, a senior in natural resources and environmental science from Greenfield, Indiana, has confirmed the location of an unknown piece of endangered Indiana prairie known as gravel hill prairie. Ryan made the discovery Oct. 13 while doing field work in Tippecanoe County with Derek Luchik, a Purdue graduate who is now working for The Nature Conservancy. Under the guidance of agronomy professor Darrell Schulze and Songlin Fei, associate professor of forestry and natural resources, Ryan has been using his skills with geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to help The Nature Conservancy, NICHES Land Trust and other researchers map likely locations of gravel hill prairie. The last systematic search for this rare type of natural area was in the 1980s. "These newly discovered natural lands, which would not have been known without Ryan's work, are leading to NICHES outreach to the landowners," said Gus Nyberg, executive director of NICHES Land Trust.

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Plenty of pumpkins in 2016 despite wet harvest season

pumpkinsConsumers should have no trouble finding the perfect pumpkin for their fall celebrations this year, despite a wet harvest season that affected some crops, said Dan Egel, a Purdue Extension plant pathologist at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center. Dry weather in June and July was followed by unusually wet conditions in August, a pattern that reversed normal rainfall trends. Pumpkins are typically already developing in the fields by August and exposure to extra moisture late in the season can put the fruit at risk for rot or blight, especially if the field does not drain well. "There is a particular blight that loves wet weather, called Phytophthora blight," Egel said, but he stressed that the organism is not harmful to humans and did not affect the number of pumpkins available to consumers. "There will be plenty of pumpkins for everybody," he said.

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Model predicts elimination of GMO crops would cause hike in greenhouse gas emissions

wallytynerA global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study led by Dr. Wally Tyner, Agricultural Economics, shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, Tyner and his colleagues found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on the region, with poorer countries hit hardest. According to the study, a ban on GMOs would also trigger negative environmental consequences. "Some of the same groups that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also want to ban GMOs. But you can't have it both ways," said Tyner. "Planting GMO crops is an effective way for agriculture to lower its carbon footprint."

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Purdue opens state-of-the-art food product development laboratory

skidmorelabA classroom in Purdue's Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science has been renovated into a food product development laboratory comparable to those found at leading food manufacturers. The new facility, funded by Skidmore Sales and Distributing, will help prepare students in the Department of Food Science to work with the latest technology used in the industry and serve as a bridge between existing research laboratories and the department's pilot plant, allowing additional capacity for product preparation such as small batch blending and dry ingredient mixing for food product development. The laboratory includes industrial cooktops and steamers donated by Cargill Inc. and Maple Leaf Farms. Keystone Architecture, Inc. completed the project.

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Abstracts invited for GTAP's global economics conference

GTAPSubmission of abstracts for the 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis is available now through Jan. 15. The conference, hosted by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in the Department of Agricultural Economics, will take place June 7-9, 2017 at Purdue. The conference will emphasize discussion and exchange of ideas. The conference theme will be "Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities." The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), which is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis, is a global network of researchers and policymakers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. The Center's executive director is Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics.  

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Purdue Wine Grape Team fuels Indiana's growing wine industry

winegrapeThe Purdue Wine Grape Team's experts research, test and teach the best practices for growing grapes throughout Indiana and processing those grapes into good wines that are brought successfully to market. In the team's 25th year its efforts help at least 70 wineries produce a total of more than a million gallons annually, creating a $100 million statewide economic impact.



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Dates and Deadlines

November 17: PCARET State Conference, Beck Agricultural Center

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break; no classes

December 2: Dean's Club Dinner, Beck Agricultural Center

December 5: TEAM Award nominations due to Cindy Ream (

December 12-17: Final Exam Week

December 18: Commencement


For more dates and deadlines, check the Purdue Agriculture calendar.


University News

5 best practices to keep your mobile device (and all its contents) safe

Before the smartphone, the humble mobile phone was mostly for making phone calls more handy. Folks used them to talk and maybe send the occasional text message (written with keys 1-9 or a tiny keyboard). If a cellphone was stolen, the theft amounted to contact names and phone numbers lost. Today, the loss would be much greater. Smartphones allow users to browse the internet and social media, send emails, deposit a check to a bank, transfer files and money, and more. All of that information is at risk. If your device has sensitive or restricted data from Purdue on it, it puts the University at risk also. Most smartphones come with built-in security protections — but it’s up to the user to be smart as well.

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Discovery Park launches new program to support bold proposals

"The Discovery Park Big Idea Challenge" is a new program that will provide resources to interdisciplinary teams of Purdue faculty and students pursuing bold proposals involving interdisciplinary teams to address global challenges. The program will fund selected teams for up to two years (depending on scope of the proposal) with a pool of strategic investment resources. The themes for the Big Idea Challenge align with Discovery Park's strategic theme framework. In addressing these themes, successful proposals will be multifaceted, involving both social sciences and STEM faculty, outlining the contribution of each to the overall project.

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Faculty search committee workshop set for Dec. 12

ADVANCE-Purdue is offering an additional session of the "ADVANCE-Purdue/OVPEC Faculty Search Committee Workshop" on Dec. 12. The workshop, which is open to all faculty and required for serving on a search committee, will be held 1:15-5 p.m. in the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 131. The workshop provides an interactive opportunity to explore and discuss search strategies and challenges. It is research-based and includes important information on unintentional bias. The workshop is conducted in a roundtable format that offers opportunity for an in-depth discussion of faculty search best practices with other faculty members across campus, including how to build a robust and diverse candidate pool.

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Purdue Libraries, ITaP collaborate on guide to data storage options at Purdue

Faculty and staff from the Purdue University Libraries and ITaP have compiled a user guide highlighting the different data storage options available to the Purdue community. The guide, which is a living document that will be updated over time to reflect changes or additions to campus storage options, compares the available choices on a number of different metrics, including cost, accessibility, amount of storage available and how data is backed up. Line Pouchard, an assistant professor of library science at the Purdue University Libraries collaborated with her colleagues, Megan Sapp Nelson and Marianne Stowell Bracke, and Preston Smith, ITaP’s director of research services and support, to put together the document. “There are a lot of different storage options at Purdue, and there are different requirements and advantages and disadvantages for each option,” says Pouchard. “There’s no one size fits all, everybody is going to have to pick and choose which storage option corresponds best to their needs, so that’s why we decided to do this.”

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Report Hate and Bias

report hatePurdue University is a community where diversity is valued and incidents of hate and bias are not tolerated. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who feel that they have been the victim of a bias related incident (or who have witnessed a bias related incident) are encouraged to report it online at or to contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 765-494-1250. Your report can remain anonymous if you wish. Remember, if it is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical or emergency services attention, please call the Purdue University Police Department at 911 or 765-494-8221.