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Farmer sentiment pulls back post-election; regulation, trade, and taxes rated as top concerns

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Untangling Indiana’s wool industry: A snapshot of Hoosier sheep farming

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Meet LoRa, Your New Best Friend

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Extend the Power of Your Spreadsheets

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GROW Your Field Knowledge with New App

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest

Deforestation drove massive Amazon rainforest fires of 2019

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Non-tenured and female faculty feeling COVID burdens, study says


Why ginger is at the root of holiday traditions

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For Mark Russell working with animals is all about the people

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Biochemistry Ph.D. graduate recognized for groundbreaking research in the Middle East

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WHIN-Purdue Agriculture: December 2020 Updates

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Behind the Research: Ben Hancock

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Student’s research looks for answers at Purdue to questions raised at home in Nigeria

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ABE professor has a winner in his hands with LeafSpec

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Excel Workshop: Hone Your Skills

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Purdue Crop Planning Tool

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Purdue’s hemp specialist observes birth of a Hoosier industry

Bioengineered lactobacillus (red) interacts with surface heat shock protein 60

Bioengineered probiotic could prevent Listeria infections

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Curious about canning? Find out how to safely preserve food at home

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Retiring professor reflects on decades of opportunities, changes and constants


Remote sensing gives new look at forest diversity

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Purdue animal sciences professor to address food safety in Cambodia

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Animal sciences professor to address food safety in Cambodia


Hand sanitizer makes scents to Purdue alum

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The cost of Thanksgiving staples see price hike amid pandemic

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Dig into Data within Your Spreadsheets

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“Education is multidimensional”: How agriculture staff and students are reaching grades PK-12 during a pandemic

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Farmers sought for precision fertilizer, seeding studies

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Ag alumni share their Purdue Pete lore

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Creating Savvy Spreadsheets

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Ag Economy Barometer rises to record high on improving financial conditions

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Emerald ash borer puts trees on path to functional extinction

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The Purdue Student Farm adapts during COVID-19

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Purdue Extension: Building resilience in communities

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PICs makes inroads in Peru with extensive survey study

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Research hits home for professor caught in the digital divide

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How one FNR researcher coordinates observation of Indiana’s deer population

Doctoral student in the Department of Animal Sciences, Ayodeji Aderibigbe working in lab.

Clean lab coats and muddy boots balance student’s research

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Hammer is to Nail as API is to Software


Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Wild persimmon

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Purdue Agriculture Halloween Activity Pages

Forest in northeast China

Big data, machine learning shed light on Asian reforestation successes

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Phosphorus Cost Comparison Tool


It’s a great pumpkin year, Charlie Brown


Professor’s path leads her to a new landscape

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Making Sense of Your Sensors

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Purdue study addresses environmental, economic impacts of hydroponic, aquaponics systems

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Meat science program embodies the mission of a land-grant institution

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Recently appointed ABE endowed chair knows what makes good research run

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A growing piece of ancient history in your kitchen

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Student embraces research opportunities in America, plant pathology

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Sensors: The Possibilities are Endless

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Purdue family creates jobs, getaways during pandemic

Dieudonné Baributsa discusses PICS at the annual Borlaug Youth Institute event.

PICS receives national award for exemplary community engagement

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SARE grants to support Purdue's sustainable agriculture programs

Songlin Fei

From farm to forest, Songlin Fei has built a career and better life

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Family farming roots run deep at Purdue

Roberto Gallardo

Broadband grows best when states are proactive, take down barriers

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Choose the Path of Least Resistance for Your Data


Gov. Holcomb and Purdue appoint new Indiana State Chemist

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Keeping Indiana 4-H youth engaged and safe in a pandemic

A finite element computation model of a growing cotton cell

Purdue awarded $2.3 million NSF grant to improve cotton fiber engineering

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Appreciation and examples of impact shared at virtual scholarship dinner

Purdue College of Agriculture.

Ag Barometer rises as crop prices rally and USDA announces CFAP 2

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Purdue pursues industry hardwood partnerships through NSF-backed center

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Purdue Ag alum reflects on her success in master’s program

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Behind the Research: Richard Fox

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Indiana orchards are still harvesting fun

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Put Your Smartphone to Work

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A century shared in the soybean field

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Black bear


Purdue Extension shares insights about organic certification

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Indiana farm fatality summary reminds Hoosier farmers of dangers

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Top 10 Reasons Purdue ABE has been #1 for 10 Years

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Center for Plant Biology boosts Purdue’s plant sciences profile

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College of Agriculture’s freshman class reveals its resilience

Professor Andrea Vacca leads the leads Maha Fluid Power Research Center at Purdue. (Purdue University photo)

Purdue fluid power research engineer wins international honor

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Pawpaw tree

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As pandemic persists, student’s research holds new importance


Ag labs rise to COVID challenge


How the hybrid teaching model is succeeding

The 2020 Certificates of Distinction award winners were (left to right) Mark Legan, Roger Hadley, Beth Bechdol, Renee McKee, Dale Griffin and William (Brad) Smith.

Call for Purdue Certificate of Distinction nominees

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Purdue agricultural biological engineering department ranked No. 1

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Boiler Bee Honey’s second batch: how sweet it is!


Purdue Extension: Growing communities one garden at a time


Great-great-granddaughter of American Soybean Association co-founder embraces 100-year legacy


Government subcommittee report examines climate change impact on U.S. financial system

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Improved tool can help Midwest farmers with cover crop decisions

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Broadband Modeling Presentation

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Heat Units: A Python Tutorial

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Primer on Rural Wireless Communications

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New pilot plant equipment expands horizons for food science

Purdue College of Agriculture.

Farmer sentiment rebounds as commodity prices rally and agriculture trade prospects improve

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Ag-Analytics opens branch in Convergence Center, encouraging collaboration


Purdue professors to develop course on agriculture informatics for agriscience students

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The WHIN Data Portal

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COVID lessons applied to forestry, climate change

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COVID-19 sidelines summer plans; Boilermakers adapt

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New faculty members join College of Agriculture

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Indiana 4-H’ers demonstrate resilience

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Virtual field days present challenges and benefits

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Land O’ Lakes program helps ABE student find certainty in an uncertain world


How agriculture instructors capitalize on benefits of the virtual classroom


For a healthy lawn in 2021, seed and feed now

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Using Trello on Your Farm

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Purdue names Songlin Fei Dean’s Chair of Remote Sensing

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Behind the Research: Anton Terekhov

Tall green trees, sight from the ground and up

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Southern flying squirrel

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Digital agriculture: Why the future is now


Purdue College of Agriculture Releases New Book: Lowell Hardin: Mentor Extraordinaire, to Honor Late Professor

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Ag Economy Barometer stable, but farmers less optimistic about future


You can order live poultry through the mail, but should you?

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Purdue Student Farm sees record yields, brings produce to the public


Meat science alumnus reflects on 50 years with industry leaders

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Entomology professor receives major grant to work with Hoosier beekeepers

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How have you stayed connected during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Florist arranges for flowers to travel when loved ones cannot

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ASEC student draws on education to support Black-owned businesses

Alumnus adapts restaurant to protect the health of his business and patrons

Alumnus adapts restaurant to protect the health of his business and patrons

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Backyard birding, Tips to attract birds to your nest

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Six agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Josiah Davidson, a graduate student

Purdue team gets $1 million to develop rapid sensor technology for cattle disease

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Entrepreneurs find learning opportunities amid COVID-19 pandemic


Supporting students from Zamorano to Purdue and home again

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Plant scientists maintain critical research to save data and irreplaceable plants

Purdue College of Agriculture.

Farmer sentiment rebounds amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns

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Managing Mental Health in a Summer of Change

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Providing a local perspective on global climate change


Soil microbiome can improve carrot resistance to deadly fungus

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Celebrate National Dairy Month with homemade ice cream

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GTAP takes its international conference virtual

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Automate Data with Spreadsheets


NSF fellowship allowing Purdue postdoc to expand possibilities for others

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What you need to know to start your own pollinator garden

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Purdue Ag Alumni Association volunteer earns national awardor others

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How Microsoft and Purdue Ag are working together to help Hoosier farmers

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Agritourism offers safe summer fun during COVID-19


Horticulture professor shares essential advice for a healthy lawn

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Professor and pilot John Lumkes loves the view from 1,000 feet

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Celebrate Hoosier wines during Wine Grape Month

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What do Purdue Agriculture faculty recommend for your summer reading list?

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Entering its third year, fermentation minor holds major appeal


Purdue Agronomy professor reflects on 35-year research project


Purdue scientists identify genetic ‘immune system’ for junk DNA


Behind the Research: Alex Helms


Celebrating dairy products and community in Indiana

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How Hoosier farmers markets are coping with COVID-19

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Graduate researcher tracks billbugs


23rd GTAP conference goes virtual, sees record high registration


Americans on both sides come together over food policy

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Peregrine Falcon

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DOE funds Purdue’s photosynthesis repair research

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ASEC professor awarded Fulbright to conduct research project in rural Australia

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Teacher of Purdue’s first meat science course reflects on lifetime of research


NRES and recent Udall scholar fueled by passion for her hometown


Indiana State Chemist retires after a career spent serving Hoosiers

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ASEC student elected MANRRS National Graduate Student President


Senior’s legacy is an award-winning example of leadership

Stephen Schwartz

Homeschooled student excels through collaboration

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Purdue seeking citizen scientists with time to track down ticks


Purdue College of Agriculture announces inaugural recipients of new international achievement award

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Student teaches agriculture to improve children’s lives

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Ag Barometer index drops below 100 as coronavirus disrupts agriculture


Award-winning College of Agriculture mentors follow in others’ footsteps — and leave imprints of their own


Soy-based herbicide takes top honors

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How a diagnostic tool used on cows might unlock a key to COVID-19 testing

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Message from the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

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The Road from Farm to Table

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Wildlife & forestry student branches out

Purdue ASEC professors Levon Esters (right) and Neil Knobloch

Purdue ASEC professors to bring mentorship for underrepresented students to 13 land-grant institutions

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Purdue colleges’ food drive brings in over $80,000 for local food bank

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Purdue IPIA to administer capacity-building program in Trinidad and Tobago

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Make the grass greener on your side this spring


When teachers become the students: Four takeaways from the virtual classroom

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When courses went online this FNR professor had lab equipment delivered to students

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The College of Agriculture names five new University Faculty Scholars

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How The College of Agriculture is leading the community

Ross Roberts

Award winners credit college’s contributions

Expansion of wind power in the top 10 wind-producing states would create billions of dollars of economic impact. States that add wind power would see about $24 billion in activity, while other states would see $3 billion in spillover economic activity. (Photos provided by Shweta Singh)

Analysis: Wind energy expansion would have $27 billion economic impact

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Purdue Student Farm is helping to stock local food pantries with fresh produce

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Conquering the Trail

Journal Excerpts & Bird List

Journal Excerpts & Bird List

Journal Excerpts & Bird List

Baleigh & Rebekah's Trail Tips

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Purdue’s Herb Ohm sees decades of work come to fruition


Behind the Research: Jason Adams

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Purdue plant imaging facility named for Ag Alumni Seed

Purdue College of Agriculture.

Farmer sentiment plummets as coronavirus concerns rise

Corn sold at a local farmers market. (Tom Campbell for the College of Agriculture, 2016.)

Colleges at Purdue join virtual food drive to support Food Finders

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What COVID-19 could mean for the environment


Graduate researcher makes the most of fungi

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FNR student demonstrates perseverance and perspective

The fish used in aquaponic growing systems may introduce E. coli to water

Risk of E. coli in hydroponic and aquaponic systems may be greater than once thought

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Mentorship helps students find balance during crisis

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Purdue Ag Activity Pages

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From the lab to the laptop: How College of Agriculture professors are pivoting to virtual classrooms

Individuals recognized for outstanding service at Indiana Horticultural Conference and Expo

Individuals recognized for outstanding service at Indiana Horticultural Conference and Expo


Friend or Fungi? The complex relationship between fungi and climate change


Purdue horticulture professor earns award for illuminating secrets of the Voynich manuscript

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Plant science focus makes Purdue ideal for grad student’s research


Not in Kansas anymore, Associate Dean Wilson returns to Purdue

Drone in Air over Corn Field

IoT for Everyone - Videos and Tutorial

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Agricultural grain explosions are usually preventable, but 2019 still saw eight in the U.S.

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Purdue study finds signal cascade that keeps plant stem cells active

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Optimism about current conditions pushes farmer sentiment index to all-time high

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Student learns from two and four legged friends

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MANRRS helps groom entrepreneur for life after Purdue

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AgGateWay Posts Educational Videos

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Could crickets offer the next breakthrough in diabetes and hypertension treatments?

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New associate dean for academic programs joins Purdue agriculture leadership team

Lsd1 together with other enzymes drives enhancer repression during stem cells differentiation

Study identifies interaction that promotes cancerous state in cells


Behind the Research: Sara Cloutier


What’s under the shell of this popular snack?

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Expectations for improved trade with China sends farmer sentiment soaring

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Six receive Certificate of Distinction from Purdue ag alumni association


Purdue food science team develops a new take on the classic derby pie

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Repository with Ag Data

Alyson McGovern, a sophomore in the Department of Food Science, works on filling bottles with honey in the Pilot Lab. (Photo by Tim Thompson.)

Food science and entomology collaborate to produce Boiler Bee Honey

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Purdue Extension resources for Hoosier fruit, vegetable growers

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The Buzz on Boiler Bee Honey

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How Hoosier BIPOC farmers can change the landscape of agriculture


Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Aishwarya Chandrasekaran


New ABE professors water safety research assumes prominent role during pandemic

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Hunger Banquet demonstrates the realities of campus food insecurity

A Purdue University analysis shows that U.S. biofuel production and policy may account for only a negligible portion of the land cleared for increased palm oil production since the 1990s. (Photo courtesy

Don’t blame U.S. biofuels for Indonesia and Malaysia deforestation, study shows


AgrAbility gets farmers back to work worldwide


Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Copperhead snake


Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week offers opportunities to focus on economic justice


Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Omar Zayed

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LiDAR-based tree inventory – not Sci-Fi anymore


Purdue scientists develop way to track salmonella infection in real time


Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jing Huang

8 pictures collected together to represent the top stories of 2019

Purdue Agriculture’s 19 Most Read Stories of 2019

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