April 2017

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From the Dean

Jay AkridgeApril is always a crazy, busy month as we move toward the semester’s end.  And, it is a month where our teaching mission is front and center. The final weeks of graduate and undergraduate courses; finishing up theses and dissertations; celebrating student achievements and lifting up staff and faculty teaching and advising excellence in many, many events at the departmental, college, and university levels; wrapping up recruiting for our fall 2017 class (plus the Ag Council’s Moonlight Pancake Breakfast) – it all happens in April!

Our annual awards issue of InFocus is coming in May, but we have celebrated a number of student, staff, and faculty teaching-related accomplishments already. Cameron Mann, a senior in agribusiness management and agricultural communications, was named the recipient of the 2017 Flora Roberts Award for the Outstanding Senior Woman on campus. She is the 7th woman in our College to win the award since 2004. (If you are curious, last year’s recipient of the G.A. Ross Award for the Outstanding Senior Man on campus was Quinton Nannet, a biochemistry major; he was the 7th man in the College to win the award since 2001.) Dr. Rod Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the inaugural service learning award from the Office of Engagement. The Food Science College Bowl Team won the Midwest region and will be going to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Nationals this summer. Members of the Purdue MANRRS Chapter attended the MANRRS National Career Fair and Training Conference and earned several individual and team awards. The Purdue Agronomy Soils Team took first place at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Collegiate Soils contest.

Lots of good things are happening in our graduate program as well. Marcela Martinez Chavez, a Master’s student in Food Science, was recently elected President of Purdue Graduate Student Government. Stefanie Griebel, a Ph.D. student in Agronomy, received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School.  Xin Zhao, a PhD student in Agricultural Economics, has been selected for the Purdue Policy Research Institute’s Excellence in Research Award. Shawn Donkin, Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Education, has led a series of professional development seminars for graduate students this semester on topics ranging from harnessing the power of LinkedIn to proposal writing to maintaining work/life balance.These have been well received and well attended and are an important addition to our graduate program.

Many more student, staff, and faculty accomplishments will be announced next week at the College and the University Awards programs and reported in the May issue of InFocus. Our fall 2017 undergraduate class looks good and to date more than 500 new undergraduate students have committed to join us in the fall (not counting Pathway to Purdue and Summer Start students). As we prepare to say hello to those new students, we will soon say good-bye to our graduating seniors and graduate students. The career opportunities for our students remain strong: According to the data released last month, 95% of our May 2016 undergraduate class had taken a job or moved on to graduate or professional school. If the record numbers of companies and organizations at our fall and spring career fairs are any indication, we expect similar results this year, despite a tight agriculture economy.

I really could go on and on, but the bottom line is that undergraduate and graduate education is important, it is front and center in our College, and that is no more apparent than in April. None of the above accomplishments happens without staff and faculty who are dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education and who are passionate about student success.

My deepest thanks to each of you who do things large and small every day that help move our undergraduate and graduate programs forward and position our students for future success. Some of what you do gets recognized in very visible ways through awards like those I mentioned above. However, much of what makes our program great gets recognized when a student makes a decision to come to Purdue because you took the time to share your passion for our program; a student gets a job because you helped him or her make a needed connection; a student gets a paper published because of your mentoring, and much more. It is these kinds of commitments that make our undergraduate and graduate programs among the best in the world. 

Best wishes to each of you during these final weeks of the semester...and thank you again for all you do in support of our students!

All the best,



Purdue Agriculture People


March Profile in Teaching: James Forney

Profiles in Teaching focuses each month on an individual whose work reflects our commitment to learning at Purdue. The March spotlight is on James Forney, Biochemistry.

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April Profile in Teaching: Freddie Barnard

The April Profiles in Teaching spotlight is on Freddie Barnard, Agricultural Economics.

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Diversity Champion Spotlight: Jiqin Ni

The 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 Jiqin Ni, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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Graduate Research Spotlight: Elise Lofgren

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work.This month’s spotlight is on Elise Lofgren, Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

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Memorial Fund established for Dr. Raymond Florax

As many of you know, the Department of Agricultural Economics and our College lost one of our very best last month when Dr. Raymond Florax, Professor of Agricultural Economics, passed away suddenly.  Raymond worked in the area of spatial analysis and led the Department’s SHaPE initiative (Space Health and Population Economics). He was an extraordinarily productive researcher and an outstanding graduate mentor. We have established a fund to honor Raymond. The proceeds of the endowment will fund faculty and graduate student exchanges between the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics and universities in The Netherlands with preference given to visits to and from the Vrie University, where Raymond maintained a strong partnership. In fact, he brokered and encouraged several such exchanges during his time on the Purdue faculty. As we discussed the things about which Raymond was passionate, helping graduate students and young professionals build their skills and network continued to come to the top of the list. If you knew Raymond, we hope you will consider helping us honor him in this way. Here is a link where you can make an online contribution: http://Giving.Purdue.edu/FloraxMemorial.  If you prefer, you can send/deliver a check to the Department of Agricultural Economics, Room 653 Krannert Building, 403 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056, with a note directing the donation to the Dr. Raymond J.G.M. Memorial Exchange Fund.


Lusk named Head of Agricultural Economics

Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, has been appointed professor and head of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, effective July 6. He succeeds Ken Foster, who is returning to his faculty role after serving as department head since 2008. Dr. Lusk received his bachelor’s degree in food technology from Texas Tech University and his PhD in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. His first academic appointment was as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University from 2000 to 2003. He then joined the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics as an associate professor from 2003 to 2005. He moved to Oklahoma State University in 2005.   “I could not be more excited about the future of the Agricultural Economics department under Dr. Lusk’s leadership” said Dean Jay Akridge. "I also want to say thank you and express my deepest appreciation to Dr. Ken Foster for his tremendous service as Head of Agricultural Economics. He has been a terrific ambassador for the department in the College, on campus, around the state, and nationally."


New developments at the Institute for Plant Sciences

Dean Jay Akridge is pleased to announce two important developments related to our Institute for Plant Sciences: First, The Center for Molecular Agriculture (CMA) has been re-named the Purdue Center for Plant Biology (PCPB). The new name, Purdue Center for Plant Biology, is much more reflective of the focus and objectives of the group and should help with communications and positioning of the Center. Second, Dr. Clint Chapple, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry,  has been named Director of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology. "Clint has been serving as Interim Director of the Center for Molecular Agriculture (CMA) the past two years," said Dean Akridge. "He has done an outstanding job in that role, and has led the search process that brought nine new plant biologists to the College as part of the Purdue Moves Plant Sciences investment."


Dean Testifies Before U.S. Congress on Farm Bill


In testimony before the U.S. Congress on March 16, Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, stressed the critical role that researchers and educators will continue to play in feeding a growing global population. Dean Akridge said the need to remain competitive globally comes in the midst of complex challenges and concerns, including the availability of water, increasingly variable weather, and consumers’ heightened interest in how food is produced. He spoke to the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research on behalf of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) as the chair of the Policy Board of Directors.

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Purdue Agriculture and Extension attire available online

The Purdue Agriculture Online Store was created in response to many requests from Agriculture employees and stakeholders who want to purchase Purdue Agriculture clothing and other items not available in retail outlets. Apparel and other items can be purchased with the Purdue Agriculture, Purdue Extension, or Experience Purdue branding. This online store was developed solely as a convenience and service for our employees and affiliates. The College does not benefit financially in any way from sales through this online store and no money comes back to the College from the sale of items offered here.  Please feel free to browse the store at this link: http://purdueagstore.com/.  If you have questions or suggestions, contact Cindy Ream at cream@purdue.edu.


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.


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. 

Report training at:  https://ag.purdue.edu/civil_rights/Pages/report.aspx


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


Arun Bhunia, Food Science, has been selected as the 2017 Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award recipient by the International Association for Food Protection. The award is in recognition of his many years of outstanding contributions in the laboratory, recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety.





The Purdue Center for Food Safety Engineering, led by Lisa Mauer, Food Science, has been selected as the 2017 GMA Foos Safety Award recipient by the International Association for Food Protection. The award is in recognition of the Center's contributions to the field of food safety.






Maria (Marisol) Sepúlveda, Forestry and Natural Resources, was honored by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence with the inaugural Susan Bulkeley Butler Distinguished Lecture on April 10. The award recognizes women faculty who have made significant contributions to their respective academic communities. It is the only distinguished award for scholarship that cuts across all Purdue campuses and disciplines and is awarded to one scholar per year in areas of discovery, learning, and/or engagement. Dr. Sepúlveda presented a talk on the “Use of Aquatic Animals for Assessing the Toxicity of Emerging Pollutants,” followed by a brief question-answer session.



Four College of Agriculture faculty members have been selected as 2017 University Faculty Scholars: Catherine Aime, Botany and Plant Pathology; Laura Bowling, Agronomy; Tomas Höök, Forestry and Natural Resources; and Kee-Hong Kim, Food Science.  The University Faculty Scholars program recognizes outstanding faculty who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.










Purdue Agriculture faculty and staff members were honored at the 5th Annual Purdue Engagement Awards luncheon on April 12. Those receiving awards are:

Rod Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources: Service Learning Award. The Service Learning Award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates an impact on students and the community both in and out of the classroom, portrays consideration of and commitment to the needs of community partners and a long-term commitment to the service-learning community.




Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension: Staff Engagement Award. The Staff Engagement Award is given to a staff member who has collaborated in sustained synergistic partnerships within his or her community; embodied the scholarship of engagement, not only to strengthen Purdue University but also community partners; continually gives back through community service in order to improve the lives of others.




Lionel "Bo" Beaulieu, Tanya Hall, Jennifer Helfrich, Tamara Ogle, Heather Strohm, Michael Wilcox and Taylor Wright, Hometown Collaboration Initiative Team, Purdue Center for Regional Development: Corps of Engagement Award. The Corps of Engagement Award is given to a team of faculty, staff, students and/or community stakeholders for outstanding partnership and achievement in the scholarship of engagement.





Hazal Turasan, a Doctoral student in Food Science and Morgan Garvey, a Master’s student in Animal Sciences, are the recipients of the 2017 Purdue Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker Award. This award, sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, recognizes graduate students (one MS and one PhD) in the College of Agriculture who have distinguished themselves as effective mentors by unselfishly investing in the success of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students.  The award recognizes mentoring and personal coaching in the context of undergraduate and graduate research and scholarship outside of classroom.



Xin Zhao, a PhD student in Agricultural Economics, has been selected for the Purdue Policy Research Institute’s Excellence in Research Award. The Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI), previously called the Global Policy Research Institute, hosts an interdisciplinary community of world-class faculty and students working on global challenges. He will be honored at an award ceremony and reception on April 24.





Paige Stevenson, a junior in agribusiness with a minor in farm management from Brazil, Indiana, has been selected for the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Student Advisory Team for 2017-2018. The ten students nationwide selected for this group are responsible for representing AFA nationally as well as planning and facilitating the 2017 AFA Leaders Conference, Nov. 2-5, in Kansas City, Missouri.






The Purdue Agronomy Soils Team took first place at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Collegiate Soils contest on April 6-8 at Kansas State University. Team members also took individual awards: Jacob Burke, First Place Individual; Dakota Westphal, Fourth Place Individual; and Chelsea Emenhiser, Sixth Place Individual. Other team members are Alyssa Kuhn, Robbi Armstrong, Emily Smith, Troye Hook, and Morgan Winder. Gary Steinhardt serves as coach of the team, with Cathy Egler as assistant coach.





The Purdue Food Science College Bowl Team has once again won the Midwest region and will be going to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Nationals this summer. The team, led by junior Abbie Sommer, is (pictured back row to front and left to right): Ryan Murphy, Yaya Ismail, Chris Cheng, Abbie, Shreya Sahasrabudhe, and Katie Liang.








Members of the Purdue MANRRS Chapter attended the MANRRS National Career Fair and Training Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, where they had an opportunity to compete against other chapters across the country in various contests, attend workshops that spanned disciplines and attend a career fair where they were able to meet with future employers and/or grad school homes.  These MANRRS Purdue members took prizes at the conference:

MANRRS Case Study Team-(Brandon Allen, YDAE; Christine Charles, Agronomy; Brandon Hunter, Biochemistry; Kierra Jammer, Biochemistry; and Gabriella Corradi, Animal Science) finished 2nd place in the Bunge Agribusiness Case Study contest.
MANRRS Quiz Bowl Team-(Charles Hawthorne, Biochemistry; Maurina Baker, YDAE; Joseph King, Food Science; Vincent Finnell, NRES; Penny Wang, Food Science) finished as runners-up in the MANRRS Quiz Bowl contests, making it all the way to the championship game before coming up just 1 question short in a "sudden death" overtime.
Alissa Franklin, Education, won the photo contest for her photo of "Cliffs of Moher, Ireland".
Eli Hugghis, Botany and Plant Pathology, placed 2nd nationally in the Elevator Pitch Contest
Maurina Baker, Youth Development and Agricultural Education, placed 2nd nationally in the Written Essay Contest
Arnoldo Carrillo of the Junior MANRRS Purdue chapter from Theo Bowman High School in Gary, IN won the Public Speech contest for the Jr MANRRS national division
MANRRS Purdue Jr. MANRRS Theo Bowman High School students LaMaria Parker, Aaron Whittaker, Jalecia Cheatham, Da'Nechia Wilson and Arnoldo Carrillo were the only Jr. MANRRS chapter to have a poster and present original research at the national conference entitled "Are You What You Eat?:  The Effect of GMO Feed on Animal Byproducts".  They presented during the undergraduate poster session. 



Purdue Agriculture in the News


Agriculture professor awarded USDA grant to support underrepresented students in ag, life sciences

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $92,300 to  Dr. Levon Esters, Youth Development and Agricultural Education, for a program to increase the number of women and underrepresented minority students who complete graduate degrees in agriculture and life sciences. The project expands on a current program that uses research-based effective mentoring practices to support underrepresented minority students already enrolled in graduate degrees. In the project’s next phase, Esters will add a feeder program component that helps students from six partnering universities prepare for graduate school and supports them after they arrive on campus.




ABE researcher and Anton Paar partner to study particle flow for feed, food manufacturing

Scientific equipment manufacturing company Anton Paar has donated a powder rheometer to Dr. Kingsly Ambrose, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, as part of a collaboration to investigate the flow characteristics of fine powders such as cornstarch. Ambrose researches how the size, shape and surface chemistry of particles affect the ways they flow or bind together. This information can help food and feed manufacturers develop better mixing, handling and packaging practices.

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4-H alumni challenge seeks to boost nationwide enrollment to 10 million

Indiana 4-H alumni are invited to participate in the Raise Your Hand Challenge to help boost national youth enrollment to 10 million by 2025. Alumni from each state can participate by registering at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and reposting, tweeting or tagging other alumni on social media, using the hashtag #4HGrown. The state with the most registered votes by June 30, 2017 will receive $20,000 to expand 4-H recruitment and programming.The states with second and third-most votes will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

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DuPont Pioneer Provides Access to Proprietary Phenotyping Technology; Sponsors Purdue Endowed Chair in Plant Sciences

dupontDuPont and Purdue University announced on March 30 that Purdue has been granted access to DuPont Pioneer’s proprietary phenotyping and ear photometry technology as part of an innovative research collaboration. To further enable the advancement of students pursuing agriculture-related majors and support plant sciences research, DuPont also will sponsor the Henry Wallace Chair in Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture. “We could not be more excited to have DuPont as a collaborator in our plant sciences program,” said Dean Jay Akridge. “This investment will dramatically enhance our capabilities to improve plants and build on the momentum of the Purdue Moves investment in Plant Sciences.”

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Senator Donnelly tours Purdue phenotyping facility

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) got a hands-on perspective of the innovative technologies being developed at Purdue University’s Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center when he toured the facility on April 13 as part of his latest "Donnelly Day." Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Ag Committee, was introduced to Purdue’s phenotyping research and its impact on global food security. He then followed an ear of corn post-harvest through the plant processing lab where Purdue researchers observe physical plant characteristics to develop better crop varieties. He ended the visit by learning how to assemble and fly a drone used to collect information in the field. “To see the amazing things that are being done, the best technology in the world, right here in West Lafayette,” Donnelly said. “That’s what is so exciting is to see the ability of these young people.”

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Purdue ranked eighth-best agriculture school in the world

QSPurdue University ranked eighth out of 300 universities worldwide in agriculture and forestry in 2017, according to a study by the British educational research organization QS Intelligence Unit, a division of Quacquarelli Symonds, Ltd., “While I have said many times that we do not chase rankings, I am proud of the role that our faculty, students and staff play in making this one of the 10 best colleges of agriculture and forestry in the world,” said Dean Jay Akridge. “The reputation we enjoy is because of our people, past and present, all of whom have a fundamental role in delivering the excellence for which our college is known globally.”

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Borlaug Fellowship provides Kenyan student with opportunity to end maize virus

maizeWhen Robert Leitich came to Purdue in 2016, he was interested in more than continuing his education. He was in search of solutions regarding a new disease affecting corn production in his home country of Kenya that posed a threat to millions of people. The scholarship he received through the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program allowed him to pursue his studies in the U.S. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Purdue seminar aims to develop agricultural sales managers 

cfab Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business is offering a two-day educational program to help current and future agricultural sales managers grow their coaching, leadership and employee-development skills. The seminar, Sales Management and Leadership, is scheduled for May 31-June 1 at the West Lafayette campus. Participants will learn about building the sales force, coaching at work, changing organizational culture, employee resilience and the evolution of sales management. 

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HVAC filter, animal waste odor elimination and high protein food creations win in 2017 soybean innovation contest

isaPurdue students brought their usual imagination and inventiveness to the annual soybean innovation contest sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Winning projects included a soy-based HVAC filter, a product to mitigate or eliminate livestock manure smells, and a high-protein chocolate drop.

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Study: Listeria bacteria can hide inside tissue of romaine lettuce

deeringResearch led by Amanda Deering, Food Science, shows that the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can live inside the tissue of romaine lettuce, suggesting that conventional post-harvest sanitization practices might not be sufficient to kill the potentially lethal pathogen. She and her team found that exposing lettuce to the bacteria could lead to infection of plant tissue in as little as 30 minutes. “Knowing this can happen, we need to keep it on our radar as we continue to follow good agricultural practices,” Deering said.

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New app takes the guesswork out of yardwork

turfHomeowners and professionals can now use a new app to identify, diagnose and find the prescribed solution for lawn problems, according to their preferred choice of cultural, biological, or chemical options. The Turf Doctor app is the latest addition to the Purdue Plant Doctor App suite, which also includes Purdue Tree, Perennial Flower, Annual Flower and Tomato Doctors apps. The convenient, easy-to-use mobile apps feature plain-language text and plenty of photos to help users take care of their lawns, trees and gardens.

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New website launched as hub of information on Confined Feeding Operations in Indiana

cfoAbout 2,000 confined feeding operations (CFOs) are currently operating in Indiana, and the farms are regulated by standards set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). In response to the growing interest about CFOs, the  Department of Animal Sciences, led by Paul Ebner, launched a new website to serve as a portal for information about CFO standards and regulations in Indiana. The website provides updated information for people who are involved in CFO regulation, including county plan commission members, boards of zoning appeals, and planning professionals. 

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Ag Economy Barometer: Producer sentiment slips in March

agbarProducer sentiment toward the agricultural economy dropped to 124 in March marking the second consecutive month of decline, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. “The barometer has been moderating in recent months after a large jump in sentiment that began in November 2016,” said Jim Mintert, director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and principal investigator for the barometer. “While sentiment has settled lower, it’s important to note that it is still higher than during all but the last two months of 2016.”

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Purdue Extension introduces new apps for corn, soybean management

scoutPurdue Extension has introduced two new mobile apps based on the annual Corn and Soybean Field Guide, making it even easier for grain producers, crop advisers and other agribusiness professionals to access timely, research-based crop management information. “The apps are designed to be user-friendly and provide the latest available updates from Purdue Extension specialists,” said Corey Gerber, director of Purdue’s Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center “Used along with the Corn and Soybean Field Guide, the apps are a tremendous reference tool to have handy throughout the growing season.”

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Purdue sculpture honors legacy of pioneering entomologists

entoThe College of Agriculture honored the legacy of one of the oldest entomology programs in the nation by unveiling a bronze sculpture depicting three individuals who played a major role in promoting the study of insects and the environment. Tom Turpin, entomology professor and member of the project organizing committee, said the sculpture is intended to motivate viewers to learn more about their natural surroundings and to recognize the contributions of pioneering scientists.

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Faculty Retirements

Harry Charbonneau, Biochemistry

Staff Retirements

Linda Aldridge, Purdue Extension
Jane Jett, Purdue Extension


Dates and Deadlines

April 26: College of Agriculture Annual Spring Awards Banquet

May 1: TEAM Award presentation and reception

May 1-6: Final Exams Week

May 12: Graduate School Commencement

May 13: College of Agriculture Undergraduate Commencement


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


University News

Purdue provost named chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick

The Rutgers Board of Governors announced Thursday (April 6) the naming of Purdue University’s Provost Deba Dutta as its next chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The appointment becomes effective on July 1. President Mitch Daniels shared the news of Dutta’s departure in an e-mail to the campus community earlier Thursday. “Provost Dutta has made an enormous, positive difference for Purdue in less than three years. He has proven himself an effective change agent in a sector where such people are scarce,” Daniels said. “Having a leader as talented and accomplished as Provost Dutta brings with it the risk that others take notice. This is one such example.”

Jay Akridge, Purdue’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, will serve as interim provost. Karen Plaut, senior associate dean for research and faculty affairs within the College of Agriculture, will serve as the college’s interim dean. An internal search for a new provost will commence at the beginning of the next academic year.

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Purdue to hold tuition flat through 2018-19

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced Monday (March 20) that the university will hold tuition at 2012 levels through the 2018-19 academic year, ensuring that four graduating classes will have gone through Purdue without ever experiencing a tuition increase and marking the sixth straight year of flat tuition after 36 years of increases. In addition, Daniels announced that the university will offer a 2.5 percent merit raise pool for employees for 2017.

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Interactive Construction Map Available for State Street Redevelopment Project

To help navigate the upcoming State Street Redevelopment Project work, an interactive construction map is now available on www.statestreetwl.com. The Purdue community may also access the map by visiting the existing campus map, located on the Purdue homepage, and clicking “construction map” at the top of the webpage. The map is currently set to show the conditions as of the start of construction on April 1. Once construction is underway, the map will be reviewed weekly and updated as appropriate through the end of November. Each highlighted section of the map can be clicked on to learn more about work duration, scope and travel impacts. Details about the State Street project vehicular traffic plans, today’s information sessions and where to receive up-to-date project information is available in a recent State Street Redevelopment Project press release.

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Purdue University to host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders

Purdue University has been selected as an institute partner for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, the university will host 25 emerging business and entrepreneurship African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities. Fellows are from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa and have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations and communities. The fellows hosted by Purdue will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows studying at institutions across the United States this summer.

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Nominations sought for Special Boilermaker Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Special Boilermaker Award, given annually by the Purdue Alumni Association. The Special Boilermaker Award was established in 1981 to recognize a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students. 

Consideration will be given to the nominee’s contribution in one or more of the following: Taking initiative in the creative solution of problems; Unselfishly contributing time and effort; Being a "silent leader"; and Devotion to efforts beyond the expectations of the person's professional role. Nominations should be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 1. 

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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 www.purdue.edu/report-hate 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.