Agricultural Economics

Appreciation and examples of impact shared at virtual scholarship dinner

Appreciation and examples of impact shared at virtual scholarship dinner

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

“Receiving a scholarship has allowed me to invest my time on campus, serving Purdue students and getting involved with organizations,” said Molly Grotjan during the virtual College of Agriculture Scholarship Dinner. “I’m grateful to those that continue to invest in the students and our college to ensure we can contribute to something greater than ourselves. Because of them, we can continue to make an impact on campus, serve others and learn the heart of being a Boilermaker.”

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

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 University News Story


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Purdue Center for Commercial Ag to host free corn and soybean outlook webinar

Monday, October 5th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free Corn and Soybean Outlook webinar for the month of October. The webinar is set for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday (Oct. 9).

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A century shared in the soybean field

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

“Several years ago, I organized a soybean field day at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE),” recalled Marshall Martin, professor of agricultural economics, the senior associate director of agricultural research and graduate education and assistant dean in the College of Agriculture.

“There were funny-looking plants growing in one of the soybean plots that I didn’t recognize. It looked like some kind of weed or vine on the ground— something that you’d plant as a ground cover around the front of your house. The plants had small pods with only one or two flat, black seeds each. They were soybeans.”

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Big Data, Safe Food conference goes forward virtually

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University will host the Big Data, Safe Food Conference online on Oc. 12-15. The conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and academia.

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Purdue graduate student, Laura Leavens in Sengal

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling at Purdue University

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s initiative to end global hunger and enhance food security. More than 20 Feed the Future Innovation Labs are paired with experts from leading U.S. universities to help address grand challenges in agriculture and food security. Researchers at Purdue University power the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling (FPIL). FPIL seeks to reduce post-harvest loss, promote economic growth, improve nutrition, and enhance food security in Feed the Future target countries.

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Purdue team receives $2 million NSF grant to create global network

Monday, September 14th, 2020 University News Story

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe a global resolve to transform the world across 17 related economic, social, and environment thematic areas. However, the challenge is the inevitable set of conflicts and tradeoffs among t…

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Study reviews impact of wind energy on local Indiana communities

Thursday, September 10th, 2020 University News Story

Wind power electricity generation arrived on the Indiana landscape in 2008. Early projects were concentrated in areas with favorable wind conditions. But a recent study by Purdue researchers revealed that subsequent innovations in wind power technologi…

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

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 University News Story

There was a big improvement in farmer sentiment in August, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose to a reading of 144, up 26 points from July. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on survey responses from 400 U.S…

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Row of Corn

Purdue panelists respond to record-high soybean yield prediction and economic disruptions for Indiana’s cash crops

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Purdue Extension and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) experts gathered virtually on Wednesday (Aug. 12) to discuss the results of the 2020 USDA crop report and the current status of Indiana’s major cash crops.

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New Book, Lowell Hardin: Mentor Extraordinaire, Honors Late Professor

Friday, August 7th, 2020

International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) has released Lowell Hardin: Mentor Extraordinaire, a book published in honor of late Professor Lowell S. Hardin. The book accumulates Professor Hardin’s achievements and stories provided by individuals who worked with him throughout his tenure at Purdue University.

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Yao by the beach

Agricultural economics student uses research as creative outlet

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Jixuan (Edie) Yao’s research addresses questions others may not think to associate with agricultural economics. And to answer them, Yao prefers to let the data speak for her.

“I don’t want to argue.” Instead, Yao said she would rather use solid research to convince people “in a silent, but powerful way.”

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Ag Economy Barometer stable, but farmers less optimistic about future

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 University News Story

Farmer sentiment was virtually unchanged in July in comparison to a month earlier, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose just one point from June to a reading of 118, still 30% lower than in February before t…

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Flower Banner

Florist arranges for flowers to travel when loved ones cannot

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

For a company to stay in business for 100 years, it has certainly faced its share of hurdles. Lake Forest Flowers planted its roots northeast of Chicago in 1917 a few months before the Spanish Flu arrived. A century later, facing the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Forest Flowers continues to find ways to meet changing needs.

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Indiana farmland values increase, but signs point to potential COVID-19 slump

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 University News Story

The 2020 Purdue Farmland Value and Cash Rents Survey suggests that farmland prices across Indiana improved since the June 2019 survey; however, many of those gains occurred between June and December 2019. Since then farmland prices have declined modest…

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