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Unexpected Indiana: Northern Bobwhite Quail

The call of a bobwhite quail is common background music in portions of rural Indiana, but the sight of one is something special that can spark a...

Emma Ellis

Seven Purdue Ag student-athletes recognized for academic excellence

Seven student-athletes in the College of Agriculture were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the fall 2022 semester. The honorees represented...

table set for Hanukkah

The foods of the Festival of Lights

The holidays bring many sentiments that are centered around worldwide cultural and religious traditions. It is no secret that food is one important...

John Baugh stands beneath the Purdue University State and Grant Street Gateway.

John Baugh announced as 2022 Hovde Award recipient

The 2022 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service was presented to John Baugh, the director of agricultural services and...

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November Consumer Food Insights Report examines regional attitudes

Fairly stark regional differences about food spending emerged last month among surveyed U.S. consumers. However, similarities in food values also...

A sample of contaminated Timothy hay undergoes a round of decontamination through non-ionizing radiation.

Purdue professor finds non-ionizing radiation technology can decontaminate Timothy hay

A primary source of nutrition for small pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits and chinchillas, Timothy hay producers have struggled for two decades to...

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New online toolbox offers many ways to view snow data in the continental US

Purdue University’s Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has launched an online interactive Snowfall Climatology Toolbox that provides...


Botany and Plant Pathology student discusses summer experience in the Philippines

Casey McGill heard about the Plant Science for Global Food Security (PSGFS) program from Professor Diane Wang during the spring 2022 semester....

Greenery and red Christmas ornaments create a decorative centerpiece.

From tree scraps to tablescapes, recycling tree trimmings into holiday centerpieces

After dragging the big evergreen tree into the house, setting it upright in the stand, and trimming any too-long branches, don’t throw those...

Professor Andrew Mesecar in lab.

Mesecar appointed Distinguished Professor Biochemistry

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees has approved College of Agriculture Professor Andrew Mesecar’s nomination to the position of...

Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Corn Specialist Standing in corn field

The Corn Guy Moves On

Bob Nielsen, Purdue’s Extension Corn Specialist, is retiring after 40 years at the University.


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Seven Purdue Agriculture faculty members recognized for teaching excellence

The Office of Academic Programs, along with the College of Agriculture Awards Committee and Agricultural Research and Graduate Education, announced...

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Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry returns to Tippecanoe County in 2023, featuring a conversation with President-elect Mung Chiang

After almost 20 years in Indianapolis, the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry will return to Tippecanoe County on February 4, 2023 at the Tippecanoe County...

Nichole Louis stands in the Gleaners clean room with her coworkers.

How a food science alumna’s Purdue degree helps to feed Central Indiana

Now at Gleaners for just over a year, Nichole Louis manages all state and federal audits among other safety protocols. One of her biggest marks at...

Assistant Professor, Kurt Ristroph in laboratory.

Ag faculty member devising new drug delivery tactic for citrus greening disease

Purdue University’s Kurt Ristroph has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food...

Poultry manager Jason Fields kneels down to pet and feed Peanut Butter and Jelly, the 2021 presidentially pardoned turkeys.

One year later: checking in with Purdue's presidentially pardoned turkeys

Slow and steady across their tree-shaded run, Peanut Butter and Jelly walk almost in unison as if they were attached at the hip. After a busy year...

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White House conference gives platform to local food safety and security leaders

Solutions for issues at the intersection of food, hunger, nutrition and health may not be far away from home.


Animal sciences graduate student pursues interdisciplinary research

Categorizing Purdue University animal science graduate student Leah Thompson is a challenging proposition. “I joke that I'm grossly...

Professor Aaron Patton in a greenhouse with plants.

Horticulture and landscape architecture professor honored by Crop Science Society of America

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has announced that Purdue professor Aaron Patton is its 2022 Fellow Award Recipient. The annual award...

thanksgiving table

Indiana turkey prices spike, consumers advised to shop early and be aware of discounts

Consumers can expect higher turkey prices at grocery stores this Thanksgiving. This trend is not novel given the recent national spikes in the...

sorghum field at Purdue University

Seed-based technology offers peace of mind from sorghum forage risk

Sorghum has served as a food and feed crop for thousands of years, yet it can become poisonous under drought or freezing conditions. The problem is...

salmon on a platter

Survey compares how consumers and nutrition experts assess healthy foods

The average consumer seems to think about nutrition in a similar way to the experts, according to the Consumer Food Insights Report. The...

Professor Kola Ajuwon holding a pig in a field.

Kola Ajuwon named as the 2022 recipient of the Agricultural Research Award

Kola Ajuwon, Purdue College of Agriculture professor, receives the 2022 Agricultural Research Award.

Walnut trees in Martell Forest

New study to examine how plants transport water from soil to atmosphere

Purdue University’s Elin Jacobs, has received a three-year, $911,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore how tree roots help...

A volunteer plants a nursery plant into a community garden.

National Sea Grant partnerships address water equity in marginalized neighborhoods

Angelica Weaver, a social worker and organizer of the InnerMission Neighborhood Farm, said after meeting Purdue Extension educators at a...

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Behind the Research: Becky Stevenson

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture....

Professor Haley Oliver teaching in classroom

Purdue food science professor Haley Oliver receives APLU teaching award

Haley Oliver, professor of food science at Purdue University, has been named a regional recipient of the Association of Public and Land Grant...

A cauldron filled with candy sits on a counter top.

It was a "Happy Halloween" after all, Purdue professor explains

Despite fears inflation would dampen this year’s Halloween spirit, sentiment towards the holiday was high, a Purdue University Department of...


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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Eastern Red Bats

Contrary to the poem by children’s author Shel Silverstein and commonly-made associations of bats with darkness, it may be surprising to hear...

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Ambassadors help build academic culture of innovation and entrepreneurship

Purdue, ranked as one of America’s most innovative universities, leads land-grant institutions in startup companies and ranks third among...

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Purdue Agriculture dean announces new entomology, botany and plant pathology department heads

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has appointed Catherine Hill head of the department of entomology, and Tesfaye Mengiste head...

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Studies find ways to improve food safety education programs

Foodborne illness afflicts about 48 million people annually in the United States, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Increased...

Apples hang from a tree at Meigs Purdue Ag Center.

Purdue continues the pursuit of the “perfect” apple

A trailblazer in the science of breeding apple varieties, Purdue’s College of Agriculture has developed apple varieties popular throughout...

David Mueller

Entomology alumnus combines best of business, education and public service

Like many students of his era, David Mueller (BS ’75, Entomology) was influenced by Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring....


Purdue Student Farm provides apples, grapes and more to CSA members

This season, the Purdue Student Farm manager, Chris Adair, wanted to provide variety to the Boilermaker CSA members. Adair connected with Peter...

Students in Animal Science work with poultry.

Full ride scholarship allows Animal Sciences students to REACH for their dreams

To meet the demand for animal science graduates within Indiana’s poultry industry, Purdue’s College of Agriculture has created a...

These two plots of Spooner cereal rye are under cultivation as part of a three-university study on organic farming being funded by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

USDA grant to support intensive research on ecological processes affecting organic farming

Purdue University has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and...

Fall frost on rows of cabbage heads at the Purdue University Student Farm

Purdue, USDA release online freeze-date tool for specialty crop growers in 25 states

A new interactive online tool for visualizing and exploring freeze-date trends and other climate patterns is now available, thanks to a partnership...

Steve Lindemann presents to a crowd at the Beck Center.

Lindemann appointed Philip E. Nelson Endowed Chair in Food Science

Purdue University Provost and Executive Vice president for Academic Affairs and Diversity Jay Akridge has approved Food Science Professor Stephen...

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Gender differences in food choices are surprisingly small

Whether buying organic, checking nutrition labels or recycling, the preferences of men and women display striking similarities, according to the...

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Bring the science of Oktoberfest to your backyard this fall

The Bavarian Agricultural Association has continued the festival as a practical opportunity to showcase regional farming achievements. As we look...


Purdue’s Ag Data Services provides specialized data support to researchers in the Food Safety Innovation Lab (FSIL)

When Purdue professor of animal sciences, Paul Ebner, reviews data from his team’s surveys of food safety knowledge and attitudes in...

Jianxin Ma holds soybean plant roots to display the difference in growth.

Jianxin Ma appointed Dean’s Chair in Soybean Genomics

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees has approved Agronomy Professor Jianxin Ma’s appointment to the Dean’s Chair in Soybean...

Soybean pods grow in a field.

Purdue Food Science receives $1.1 million grant to advance commercial soy-based products across US

The United Soybean Board (USB) announced the award of $1.1 million to the Purdue University Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute...

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Purdue team introduces advance in automatic forest mapping technology

How lightning travels from the sky to the ground inspired the concept behind a new algorithmic approach to digitally separate individual trees from...

A Jack O'Lantern pumpkin variety hides beneath vines at the Purdue Student Farm.

Indiana’s fall pumpkin yields could vary, depending on summer rainfall, irrigation

While genetics play a key role in a pumpkin’s potential size, the festive fall vegetable’s growth relies heavily on timely summer...


High resolution aerial photo captured by a drone shows individual trees at Martell Forest in West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue to boost climate-smart forestry practices among private landowners

Purdue University has received $12 million of a $35 million project led by the American Forest Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of...

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Indiana farm fatality summary shows positive trends, stresses worker safety

Purdue University’s Agricultural Health and Safety Program released the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview,...

Ariel shot of fall foliage around the Purdue University campus.

Forest migration plays a role in fall foliage colors

While forests are not uprooting and physically moving to new locations, Jingjing Liang says tree species are migrating to more ideal environments...

Timber rattlesnake in the woods

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Timber Rattlesnake

Indiana is home to a large variety of plant and animal life, supported by the range of Indiana habitats, from its prairies to verdant hardwood...

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Family is at the heart of an 85-year tradition of Purdue pest management education and networking

While pest control dates to nearly the beginning of agriculture, in the early decades of the 1900s pesticides were still only sometimes effective...


Educational system provides hundreds of language translation options and a gender balanced approach to scientific animations

The Scientific Animations Without Borders program or “SAWBO” is an educational system creating scientifically accurate animations...

Team stands in forest.

Assessing global biodiversity with ears to the ground, NASA eyes in the sky

Purdue University Professor Bryan Pijanowski’s research team will be working in some wild and remote places around the globe in the coming...

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Political divide affects American views on food inflation

Personal politics influences consumer perceptions of food inflation, with liberals estimating the increases at about three to four percentage...

Shweta Singh

Shweta Singh and Team receives $3 million grant to explore zero-waste sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing

Purdue University researchers have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help the pharmaceutical industry...

Sydney Hefty

Purdue Ag student aims for highest FFA honor

Sydney Hefty has been working almost her entire life towards the National FFA American Star Award in Agriscience, and while the work leading up to...

People gathered in a greenhouse.

Behind the Research: Chris Hoagland

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture....

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Fall 2022 Data-Driven Seminar Series

Purdue College of Agriculture presents a seminar series featuring experts in data science, digital agriculture and digital forestry during the Fall...


College of Agriculture student gains global internship after studying abroad

Purdue Agriculture offers study abroad programs in locations around the world that can provide opportunities for incredible, life-changing...

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Digital Marketing and Grain Delivery Records

Digital Marketing and Grain Delivery Records


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A fifty year journey of working to make the world a better place

On October 27, 1970, the then School of Agriculture faculty voted to establish the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) program,...


D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship funds graduate student to travel to Honduras to research biodiversity of fungi

“It was great to travel for the first time to Honduras, where I plan to return in subsequent summers,” says Jeff Stallman, graduate...

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Purdue Student Farm collaborates with campus cultural centers

Since 2018, the Student Farm manager, Chris Adair, has collaborated with the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) to provide vegetable plants for an...

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Purdue Agriculture launches interactive dashboard to track meat sentiment in news and social media

Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability has added a meat sentiment dashboard to its roster of free-access food...

Wheat field in summer.

College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall

The College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall.

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Purdue leads $2.7 million USDA-funded conservation partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $197 million for 41 locally led conservation projects through the Regional Conservation...

Several spotted lanternflies gather on a tree branch.

Spotted lanternfly now in northern Indiana

Spotted this July in Huntington County, the invasive spotted lanternfly has officially migrated to northern Indiana, just one year after its...

Michael Heraty, left, and Dev Patel, right, stand outside their Minnesota residence with a Purdue flag.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. program offers two students robust experience in agriculture

Spending the summer traveling around the United States, visiting another country and working directly with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company would...

Rama Radhakrishna, right, talks with a student in Lily Hall.

Purdue Agriculture dean appoints new agricultural sciences education and communication department head

Karen Plaut, Purdue University’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has appointed Rama Radhakrishna as head of the Department of...

Keith Cherkauer stands in a body of water at the wetlands owned by Purdue University.

Cherkauer appointed director of IWRRC

Effective Sept. 1, Keith Cherkauer, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, will assume the role of director for the Indiana Water...

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Purdue startup is pushing the envelope on research-grade data

The catchphrase on GRYFN vehicles, “Drones powered by Boilers,” is meant to be whimsical, reflecting that all employees of the 2018...

a cart in a grocery aisle

Fourth of July spreads didn't shrink, but consumers are hitting their limits with higher food prices

For most Americans, higher prices at the grocery store did not impact their Fourth of July cookout, but more consumers are looking for sales and...

Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative contributing research team, led by Ferry Slik (far right), collects field data on local species richness in Brunei.

Analysis of global tree population explains baffling trends in species richness

Local species richness, the number of species that coexist in a local community, is a key measure of biodiversity.

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Phenotyping facilities offer powerful tools with a delicate touch

Phenotyping at Purdue University is pushing the limits of technology, offering researchers powerful insights into plants without disturbing a...

Alyson McGovern holds a bottle of Boiler Bee Honey.

Honey project comes with a spoonful of confidence

Alyson McGovern was part of a student-led team to produce and market Boiler Bee Honey. The senior food science major from Orlando, Florida, says...

Sherdexia Yarde at work

Destination Career: Alumna’s sweet career blends creativity and science

Sherdexia Yarde loves her work with SoChatti, because it allows her to balance her passion for sustainable agriculture with her interest in sales....

Uel Palmer Kouame stands in front of the ABE building

International student shapes his dreams with technology

Uel Palmer Kouame, a senior from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has always been fascinated with technology. He has been able to pursue that fascination in...

Purdue Agriculture students

Students on the Street: What is your Boilermaker life hack

What is your Boilermaker life hack? Students from across the College of of Agriculture answer this question. Compiled by the students of ASEC 380...

Baylee Riester works in the greenhouse

Plant science major finds fertile environment to put down roots

Baylee Riester, a sophomore plant science major from Mishawaka, Indiana, has been fascinated with plants ever since she helped her mother plant in...

Audra Brewer

Studying what you love is a piece of cake

Audra Brewer, a senior food science major from Batesville, Indiana, started her own baking business called Aud’s Bakes. Story by ASEC student...

Emma Zaicow

Senior hitches self-improvement goals to love for animals

Emma Zaicow, a senior animal sciences: biosciences major from Brownsburg, Indiana, has used her college experience to push herself beyond her...

Owen Coon

Tornado relief efforts reveal a deep well of support

Owen Coon, a senior agricultural economics: applied agricultural economics major from Wingate, Indiana, traveled to Kentucky to help those affected...

Josi Lambert working on a flower arrangement

Destination Career: Entrepreneurs pursue unique combination while serving their community

Josi Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and marketing in 2013 and started Rhinestones and Roses with her sister, Jentri...

Maddy Schaider in the greenhouse

Green thumb points the way to true calling

Maddy Schaider, a senior plant science major from Lindenhurst, Illinois, enjoys watching her hard work come to life in the grow rooms where she...

Molly Grotjan

Senior learns to lead through experiences

Molly Grotjan, a senior agribusiness: agribusiness management major from Zionsville, Indiana, wants to grow in lead in as many different ways as...

Karlie Tischendorf

Junior discovers she can study the ocean from Indiana

Karlie Tischendorf is interested in studying the effects of chemicals on the marine environment. The junior biochemistry major from Santa Claus,...


Jackson Smeltz

Seven agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Seven Purdue Agriculture student-athletes were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars during the 2021-2022 school year. Honorees from the college...

Grocery store produce bins stocked fully for customers.

Changing food waste one grocery store trip at a time

Brenna Ellison, associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator of agricultural economics, said changing grocery shopping habits has been...

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$6 Billion in Balances

Mid-July is number-cruncher nirvana if you follow the Indiana state budget. That’s when the State Budget Agency releases its closeout for the...

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Plant physiology student wins Fulbright to study triggers of leaf senescence at his advisor’s alma mater

Cade Kane, a PhD candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, will use a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to...

REEU 2022 program students stand along a railing inside the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building.

REEU summer program provides a window into agriculture

Summertime is an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore new settings and gain experience towards their prospective careers. In its...

A woman staring at food while standing in front of a grocery store aisle

The generational divide shows in our food system, too

Gen Z households are struggling more to put food on the table compared to those of Millennials, Gen X and Boomers, according to the Consumer Food...

Spongy moth larvae eating leaves

Purdue, U.S. Forest Service launch new and improved Alien Forest Pest Explorer

Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service today announced the new and improved Alien Forest Pest Explorer interactive web tool.

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Behind the Research: Dennis Nowaskie

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture....

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How patents pave the way for College of Agriculture research

Patenting technology tends to lend itself to the industrial sector of society, but protecting one’s work and research can prove to be...

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Bingyu Yan

As an elementary school student in the Chinese city of Luoyang, Bingyu Yan often stayed with his grandmother. Her death from cancer would influence...


Skewers of chicken and vegetables cook atop a grill.

Avoid getting grilled by summer cuisine prices

Summer is the prime-time grilling season, and although inflation is grilling checkbooks nationwide, your mealtime spread doesn’t need to take...

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Indiana’s in mint condition

The United States produces 70% of the world’s peppermint and spearmint supply, but you may be surprised to learn that Indiana is the 4th...

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Farm Credit Mid-America partnership supports diverse future ag leaders

When staff from the College of Agriculture’s Office of Multicultural Programs gathered at a retreat, Pamala Morris, associate dean, director...

Four-year-old Ellie Clayton meets Peanut Butter and Jelly at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, where her grandfather Mike Veenhuizen was honored as a Certificate of Distinction winner.

Turkeys make smooth adjustment to Boilermaker life

June 19 was National Turkey Lovers Day—and while that day focuses on encouraging people to eat turkey year round (IN is #4 in turkeys...


Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling Innovation Lab (FPIL) receives no cost extension to finalize comprehensive project

One of Purdue’s Feed the Future Innovation Labs recently received USAID approval for a no cost extension.

Students care for gardens at the Student Farm.

Keeping plants happy through heat waves

Heatwaves can be sporadic throughout the summer months, but while we work to keep our bodies hydrated, gardens could also use a bit of tender love...

Two men speak in corn field.

Learn in the field with Purdue

From crop production and farm management to turfgrass, Purdue summer field days offer educational opportunities for all agriculture professionals.

Linda Lee

Board of Trustees Names Lee a Distinguished Professor

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has named Linda Lee, a professor in Purdue Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy, a Distinguished...

Packages of pork jerky are scattered in a display box.

How the Boilermaker Butcher Block crafts jerky

At the Boilermaker Butcher Block, although the process has become a bit more high-tech, the craft of whole muscle jerky is very hands-on and can...

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Integration leads to leap in tech for forest inventory, management

Through integration of aerial and ground-based mobile mapping sensors and systems, a team of Purdue digital forestry researchers has used advanced...

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Report shows differences in food insecurity, sustainable food purchasing between racial and ethnic groups

Black and Hispanic consumers are somewhat more likely to check food labels and much more likely to face food insecurity, according to the Consumer...

A dozen brown eggs sit in an open carton.

Food safety in egg consumption can be easy, Purdue professor says

Eggs are an excellent source of protein consumed all around the world. But no matter where eggs come from, proper egg storage and sanitization are...

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Megan Hughes

Megan Hughes’ curiosity about how people make choices — and her desire to help them make more informed ones — led her to...


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World Bank, European Parliament seek insight from Purdue global trade expert on impact of the war in Ukraine

Maksym Chepeliev began his career focused on global trade and a pathway to alternative energy when environmental concerns dominated the...

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Hoosier Cavefish

The Empire State Building, the Pentagon, the National Cathedral and Yankee Stadium: these historic landmarks were all constructed with limestone...

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Extension UAV Initiative Update

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, aka drones) Initiative started in 2017 with Specialists...

Sophia Mears, a junior majoring in horticulture, churns the composting barrel at the Purdue Student Farm.

Home composting can decrease what goes into landfills

Before throwing that banana peel “away,” Karen Mitchell wants you to consider where exactly it’s going and what the benefits of...

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Satellite remote sensing could predict Spotted lanternfly spread

Like a stylish secret agent, the Spotted lanternfly has a striking appearance, but it is shrouded in mystery. Its movements are stealthy and...

A row of wine glasses stand on a table in the Purdue Memorial Union Ball Rooms.

Changing students’ views on the wine industry

Since 2005, over 8,000 Purdue students have taken the Wine Appreciation course in the College of Agriculture’s food science department.

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Long-range networks facilitate convenient producer data collection

Farming has forever and will always require efficiency and vigilance. Producers have long looked for ways to keep one eye on their fields at all...

A colony of bees.

Entomology professor explains how homeowners, gardeners can help bee populations thrive

If bees ever ceased to exist, humans would be in deep trouble, says entomology professor and Purdue Extension fellow Cliff Sadof.


Medicine and mosquitos: Purdue alumnus targets neglected tropical diseases

Will Austin came to Purdue from Austin, Texas, certain he wanted to become a physician, and the 2019 graduate is now a first-year student at Dell...

A group of Purdue undergraduate students work to grow soybeans in Martian and Lunar soil simulants in a national contest.

One giant leap for agriculture, students grow soybeans in lunar, Martian soil simulants

While growing crops on Earth can be complicated, growing vegetables on the Moon and Mars presents a whole different level of obstacles. A group of...

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Urban-rural food satisfaction, food security gaps show in new report

People living in urban and rural areas share many of the same concerns about food prices and availability - including the impact of recent bird flu...

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Biochemistry senior honored for campus leadership

Coming to Purdue, Clayton Hicks had much of his academic plans figured out. What he did not bank on, however, was carrying them out in the College...

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Unsung Diversity Hero Awards honor those who’ve gone above and beyond

Founded in 2018, the Unsung Diversity Hero Award is presented annually to a faculty member, staff member and student for their efforts to create an...

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Purdue faculty and staff collaborate on $15 million USAID project in Peru

The Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), associated with Oklahoma, Utah State...

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From space to place: how landscape architecture students are rethinking Purdue’s campus

On a cloudy Thursday afternoon, Yiwei Huang’s landscape architecture class was busy bringing a three-week brainstorming to life, rethinking...

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Biochemistry professor elected to National Academy of Sciences for research accomplishments

Clint Chapple’s furnace was on the fritz. He was driving back to campus in a rainstorm after meeting the repairman, and he ignored his...

Paul Ebner working with students

Award recognizes Ebner’s success delivering high impact global programs

“Growing up, I was not involved in agriculture at all,” Paul Ebner, professor of Animal Sciences. “I had never heard of 4-H or...

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New equipment for animal science prepares students for careers

A collaborative effort among five animal science professors has created opportunities for hands-on learning for undergraduate students. Alex...

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Uriel Urbizo Reyes

Uriel Urbizo Reyes credits his parents with helping him achieve the ambitious goals he has set for himself, including an excellent education. He...

Grace Hasler standing at podium wearing a graduation cap and facing an empty hall

Spring commencement student respondent aims to “meet the moment”

Being the student responder for Purdue’s Division One spring commencement certainly isn’t Grace Hasler’s first rodeo when it...

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Kernels of Knowledge: Harvesting for Food, Feed, Fiber and Fuel

Agriculture is a vital component of Indiana’s history, culture and future. Discover the development of corn and Purdue University’s...


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ID that Indiana Tree with Purdue Extension

Spring is in full bloom and trees are beginning to look green again. Learning how to identify trees in yards, neighborhoods and local parks...

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Purdue COA Students Travel on IPIA trips Spring Break for First Time in Two Years

In March 2022, students on seven College of Agriculture spring break programs traveled to Costa Rica, Peru, Ireland, Spain and Hawaii. Over...

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College of AG recognizes top students during Spring Awards Banquet

On April 27, the College of Agriculture honored students during the annual Spring Awards Banquet. The in-person event was a collaborative effort...

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Food Safety Innovation Lab (FSIL) launches MSI-led partnerships for global food safety research

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL), based at Purdue University and Cornell University and funded by the U.S. Agency for...

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Kernels of Knowledge: Corn, a family full of variety

Agriculture is a vital component of Indiana’s history, culture and future. Discover the development of corn and Purdue University’s...

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Second Year for the Boilermaker Vegetable Season Pass

My family enjoyed the variety of produce we received each week because it encouraged us to try new recipes and share items with our neighbors. We...

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Kernels of Knowledge: The A-Maizing Growth of Corn in Indiana

Agriculture is a vital component of Indiana’s history, culture and future. Discover the development of corn and Purdue University’s...

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Four Tips to Grow Your Garden

April showers bring May flowers and summer produce that you can devour! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to expand your garden, Karen...

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Mural will serve as a window into research

Walking through the front doors of the new Wildlife Ecology Research Facility (WERF,) a blank white wall welcomed visitors to the newly constructed...

Women filling bottles with honey

Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute to serve as hub for product commercialization

Aiming to be the missing piece for entrepreneurs and companies in their venture to bring a product onto the market, FEMI will offer services at any...

Baby chicks in a feeder indoors

Purdue Agriculture experts suggest thinking twice before purchasing Easter pets

Before bringing any birds home, checking your local zoning ordinances is critical. Many Indiana cities and towns do not permit backyard poultry,...

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Digital Field Records: An Easy Way

Field records (who, what, where, how) are those elements of records and data that are often missing when we try to analyze data. They have value...

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Soy-based mulch and playground surfacing wins annual Student Soybean Innovation Competition

Three simple ingredients along with a casting mold that created a substitute for mulch and rubber playground turf took the $20K grand prize in the...

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Opportunities to fling a cricket, participate in permanent campus mural await at Spring Fest

Spring Fest returns in 2022 with activities and attractions featuring the College of Agriculture as well as other colleges and student organizations.

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Impact of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on biofuels production shown in study

Capturing the interactions between biofuels and agricultural industries and their connections with other economic activities was key to a...

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Maddie Carpenter

For the most part honey bees rely on humans to survive. We have been breeding them for many hundreds of years to express the traits we want, like...


Policy opinions revealed in Consumer Food Insights Report

As the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture reviews the Farm Bill, consumers shared their opinions on food and agriculture policy in a new survey....


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This year’s Spring Fest offers family-friendly, hands-on activities

Cricket flinging, cheese- making and an equine treadmill demonstration are a few of many activities awaiting attendees at the annual Purdue College...

Cora Carter works with VOM group in Trinidad and Tobago

Purdue Farmer-to-Farmer Program transitions back to in-person volunteer assignments in Trinidad and Tobago

This past January the USAID John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Trinidad and Tobago began transitioning back to...

: ABE doctoral student Hassan Assaf is currently designing an electrohydraulic battery-powered system to replace the internal combustion engine in a hydraulic system

Agricultural Biological Engineering Program Earns #1 Ranking

Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Graduate Program has again ranked #1 in its category in the annual U.S....

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Purdue Receives Over $2.8 Million In USDA/NIFA Funding for National AgrAbility, Indiana AgrAbility Projects

Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s AgrAbility Program has received $2,124,000 in funding for their National AgrAbility Project as well...

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Purdue Ag Week returns for 11th year

Ag Week, an annual springtime event held this year from April 4-8, offers a week’s worth of activities for the campus and local community to...


Purdue Online Winemaking Certificate Course Honors its First Graduate

Wine is one of the most popular beverages in the world. According to Fortune Business, the global wine market is a $340 billion industry, and...

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AgSEED grants lay groundwork for innovation, data and funding

Caitlin Proctor, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, wants to know what well owners in rural Indiana think about their...

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Purdue Canine Care Certification is changing hearts and minds about what we owe to dogs

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has achieved a milestone in animal welfare by approving its first 100 Canine Care Certified...

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New and improved cherry flavor courtesy of the petunia flower

Some flavors and aromas are more elusive than others, and a team of Purdue University researchers recently found the molecular recipe for one of...

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Through the hen’s eyes: $1 million grant to improve cage-free housing for egg laying

Just over one third of the United States egg laying industry currently produces in cage-free environments, while companies pledge to use more...

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Snowy Owls

Indiana is home to a large variety of plant and animal life, supported by the range of Indiana habitats, from its prairies to verdant hardwood...

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Scarlet Tanager

Indiana is home to a large variety of plant and animal life, supported by the range of Indiana habitats, from its prairies to verdant hardwood...

Beets, radishes, carrots, cabbage and other vegetable arrange by category in a supermarket display area

Policy opinions revealed in Consumer Food Insights Report

As the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture reviews the Farm Bill, consumers shared their opinions on food and agriculture policy in a new survey....

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Kladivko honored for work in environmental quality, agricultural sustainability

Professor of Agronomy Eileen Kladivko moves easily between the classroom, lab, field and farm. (She likes them all but favors the outdoors,...

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Behind the Research: Jason Deitrich

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture....


Consumer Food Insights Report details consumer reaction to inflation

Consumers are managing inflation in food prices for now, but their expectations to experience future inflation increased from last month, according...

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A night and day difference: Circadian clock may protect aging eyes

While bright light helps us see better, our eyes need darkness for better vision. Light breaks down the sensitive machinery of our eyes every day,...

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Cargill Partnership seeks to bridge diversity and gender gaps in agriculture

After 14 years as an annual summer camp for high school students interested in learning more about agriculture, the Purdue Agribusiness Science...


Behind the Research: Ben Paxson

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture....

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Best-selling author and expert in economics field research to deliver James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture

John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will be the guest speaker for Purdue...

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Ag Alumni Fish Fry keynote speaker Jerome Adams looking forward to in-person gathering

Returning in person for 2022, the annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry on April 30 is highly anticipated for many, but perhaps none more so than Purdue...


Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: North American River Otter

“River otters were a native species to Indiana but they were extirpated from our state,” explained Patrick Zollner, professor of...

Maple forest plantation, blue special bag collecting the syrup from a tree

Grant aims to bring Indiana maple syrup industry back to its former glory

In 1919, Indiana stood as the nation’s number one maple syrup producer boasting vast acres of maple forests. Decades of removing trees,...

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Purdue professor receives $1M grant for pursuit of African swine fever rapid test

African swine fever, a highly contagious swine disease, is in the Dominican Republic. The disease does not infect people, but it can wipe out pork...

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Rob Weiner

Even if it’s a hard conversation, it’s good to gain perspective on where other people are coming from and why they have the beliefs...

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Farmer sentiment rises during commodity price rally; concern over production costs remains

Farmer sentiment continues to fluctuate month-to-month as the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 6 points to a reading of 125 in...


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Graduate students participate in agricultural policy at D.C. summit

Three Purdue graduate students participated in the third annual MANRRS NASDA Agriculture Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. February...


Grant aims to bring Indiana maple syrup industry back to its former glory

In 1919, Indiana stood as the nation’s number one maple syrup producer boasting vast acres of maple forests. Decades of removing trees,...

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Purdue invention to improve health and welfare of farrowing sows is licensed to Canadian company

Company President Chris Grant said Innovative Heating Technologies has more than 25 years of experience producing energy-efficient equipment for...

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Purdue centers to host micro-course focused on consumer-driven changes

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will partner with the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science to host the...


Digital Records for FSMA: Free Toolkit

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) necessitates improved records of monitoring, cleaning, trainings and inspections around your operations....


Monthly dashboard created to better conceptualize ag job market

Any undergraduate inching closer to graduation thinks about possible jobs. Searching by specific job titles or particular skill sets, job seekers...

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Microbiome Symposium to explore relationship between data science and the microbiome

Purdue University on May 9-11 will host the second annual Microbiome Symposium. The symposium will investigate the application of data science in...

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How food safety became professor’s driving passion

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will partner with the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science to host the...

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The 'Internet of Small Things' will power digital agriculture

Rovers patrol rows of crops and drones monitor from above on farms across the U.S. But to realize the full potential of digital agriculture, these...


NSF funds Purdue researcher’s study of fundamental signals between plants and their environment

Any undergraduate inching closer to graduation thinks about possible jobs. Searching by specific job titles or particular skill sets, job seekers...

African Swine Fever risk assessment tool available: BioPorc-RD

African Swine Fever risk assessment tool available: BioPorc-RD

Researchers have developed an online tool to help farmers prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, which can devastate pork production. The tool,...

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Purdue University to host 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Purdue University has been selected as an institute partner for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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CDC recognizes partnership with U.S. Cooperative Extension system

Through an interagency agreement with the CDC and NIFA, Cooperative Extension units at land-grant universities across the nation received funding...


New Agriculture and Natural Resources Program leader joins Purdue Extension team

Henry Quesada grew up on a farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, about five miles away from the nearest house. “I remember when I was...

Grain silos

2021 grain dust explosions show decrease in incidents, result in one death

In the annual report recording nationwide grain dust bin explosions, seven incidents were reported in 2021, down from eight in 2020. Kingsly...

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New report provides insight on consumer food spending, satisfaction, sustainability

The Sustainable Food Purchasing Index (SFP). The score reflects consumer food purchasing that aligns with a set of key recommendations for healthy...

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2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference switches to virtual amid COVID concerns

The 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference – Indiana’s premier annual event for the state’s small and diversified farming community...

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A Spreadsheet Toolbox

Spreadsheets come an many sizes and shapes and are a computational tool used for an unbelievable number of quantitative decisions. We have compiled...

Hassan Assaf in the lab

Student’s research introduces others to advanced fluid power concepts

"I was the kid who opened things up and looked inside,” said Hassan Assaf, recalling his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. His curiosity...

From health conscious to earth conscious: how chia seeds could become a single use plastic solution

From health conscious to earth conscious: how chia seeds could become a single use plastic solution

Beyond spreading the seeds across a ceramic novelty head to create a funky, green-growing hair style, researchers in Purdue’s Department of...

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From health conscious to earth conscious: how chia seeds could become a single use plastic solution

Beyond spreading the seeds across a ceramic novelty head to create a funky, green-growing hair style, researchers in Purdue’s Department of...


College of Agriculture welcomes four new faculty this spring

The College of Agriculture welcomed four new faculty members this semester.

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Sheep checkoff to hold 4th annual shearing school at Purdue

The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program will sponsor a shearing school, hosted by the Indiana Sheep Association (ISA) on March 5 at...

Greenhouse Rendering

Purdue trustees approve $20 million greenhouse expansion

Today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a $20 million allocation toward a phenotyping greenhouse facility. A component of Plant...


Cancer Center supports Kuang appointment to stem cell biology chair at Purdue

Shihuan Kuang, professor of animal sciences at Purdue University, has been appointed to an endowed chair designed to strengthen Purdue’s...

Cardinal on branch

How do birds that stay north survive Indiana’s winter?

Many birds choose to fly the coop before winter arrives in Indiana, but to some the cold is like water off a duck’s back. “We have a...

OMP’s new assistant director a teacher and mentor by nature

OMP’s new assistant director a teacher and mentor by nature

Linnette White, the new assistant director for faculty and staff development for the Office of Multicultural Programs, joined the College of...

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Extending the season, improving food security

Laura Ingwell, an assistant professor of entomology at Purdue University, works in a high tunnel. Ingwell leads a $3.7 million project to explore...

Winners of the TEAM Award

Landscape Report team recognized for interdisciplinary achievements

The Purdue Landscape Report team has received the Purdue Agriculture 2021 TEAM Award. An acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More, the college...

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Ag Economy Barometer declines, producers concerned about rising costs and supply chain disruptions

Farmer sentiment weakened in January as the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer declined 6 points to a reading of 119, its...


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Professor seeks to cultivate next generation of scientists

With over 30 years spent at Purdue University, Thomas Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, has many professional milestones...

Trees in the forest during Fall season, view from above

First-of-its-kind estimate of the total number of tree species

One person can’t measure all the trees in the world, but when many people come together, a global view becomes possible. A worldwide...

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Extending the season, improving food security

Small farmers across the U.S. use high tunnels to extend their growing season, something known to present different pest problems compared to open...


Environmental Historian Uses Urban Ag Certificate for Innovative Research on Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the most visible forms of urban agriculture.


RRDC, NCRCRD celebrate 50 years of rural development

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD), currently hosted by Purdue University, reaches across this region to create...

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Fat’s unexpected role in muscle stem cell fate

Scientists have shown for the first time that fat inside adult muscle stem cells regulates their fate.

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Contaminated leafy greens turn purple

Some might say you look a little green when you are sick. Leafy greens actually turn purple — although not obvious to the human eye, it can...

soybean leaves

Purdue research strengthens soybean's potential in the plant-based protein market

Although most of the world's soybean crop is fed to animals, a Purdue plant breeder thinks that soybean's complete protein — it...

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On-Farm Demonstrations in WHIN Region 2021 Report

The Purdue Extension/WHIN On-Farm Demonstrations 2021 Report provides summaries of projects conducted during the 2021 growing season throughout the...

Enrique Velasco surrounded by plants

Student’s research improves nutrition and food safety

More than 1,500 miles separate Purdue University and Enrique Velasco’s Honduras-based alma mater, Zamorano. Despite the distance, Velasco...

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Purdue agricultural economists highlight inflation and pandemic-related uncertainties in annual outlook

The Purdue Agricultural Economics Report’s annual outlook issue identifies key factors that may affect the agricultural economy in the coming...

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Ag-Celerator fund invests $200,000 in two agriculture startup companies

Insignum AgTech creates plants that warn growers of an early-stage infection so that crops can be protected. Founder and CEO Kyle Mohler said the...

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One gene closer to a sorghum Superman

Scientists are honing the traits of speed, strength and near invulnerability in an important food crop that, much like a superhero, will help...

Environmental Justice focus of Ag’s and HHS’s MLK Week

Environmental Justice focus of Ag’s and HHS’s MLK Week

The 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week, sponsored by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and College of...

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Ag Alumni Fish Fry postponed until spring due to COVID-19

The annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, originally set for Feb. 5, has been postponed until April 30 due to safety concerns surrounding the current...

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Behind the Research: Jun Wu

When Jun Wu worked for contractor in Canada, she priced items related to home construction. It’s not unlike her current work, but now she is...


Four steps for thriving indoor plants

In celebration of National Houseplant Appreciation Day, Karen Mitchell, consumer horticulture Extension specialist, shares these helpful tips to...

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Purdue Agriculture’s 21 most-read stories of 2021

Read and relive the college’s 21 most-read stories from Purdue’s 152nd year.

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Spring 2022 Digital Ag Seminar Series

Spring 2022's Data-Driven Agriculture seminar series highlighted the diversity of uses of data and automation in food and agricultural systems.

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Farmer sentiment rises on strengthening current financial position

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose for only the second time since May, up 9 points to a reading of 125 in December. The...

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