Agricultural Economics

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

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 University News Story

Since 1990, the United States has ramped up its production of biofuels — to about 16 billion gallons of ethanol and 1.6 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2017. At the same time, production of palm oil has increased nearly sixfold, mainly for food product…

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Farmers optimistic about future even as their perception of current economic conditions drops

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 University News Story

Producer sentiment regarding current economic conditions of the agricultural economy dropped 12 points in December, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The Index of Current Conditions registered a reading of 141, down fro…

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Junior looks forward to growing family farm

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kendell Combs Abby Holstine always thought she would return to the family farm. Her fondest memories are full of farm moments. She remembers riding the tractor with her father around their property and her mother preparing early-morning breakfasts. But most of all, she remembers the conversations her family would have at the dinner table…

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Conference to address connection between big data and food safety

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University is hosting the Big Data, Safe Food Conference on May 11-12, 2020. The first of its kind, the two-day conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and…

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Agricultural economics student, rural communities champion awarded prestigious scholarship

Monday, December 9th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose “Studying in Ireland wasn’t on my mind until about six months ago,” Mason Gordon, a senior in agricultural economics, said.  “Now, it feels like the perfect place to advance my education and begin my career.” Gordon recently received the Mitchell Scholarship, which facilitates and funds a year of postgraduate study in…

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Farmer sentiment jumps up in November as harvest winds down

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 University News Story

Agricultural economy sentiment tied with its highest reading of 2019, according to the November Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Rising for a second month in a row, the barometer improved to a reading of 153 in November, up 17 points f…

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Purdue Top Farmer Conference to focus on risk management

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue Top Farmer Conference will feature a pre-conference workshop focused entirely on risk management strategies on Jan. 9. The pre-conference is offered by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and will take place at the Beck Agricultural C…

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What would Thanksgiving look like without Indiana?

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose Imagine a cornucopia of Thanksgiving goodness–pumpkin pie, cornbread, stuffing, flaky bread rolls–all flanking the culinary linchpin: the turkey. Without Indiana much of this bounty would not be readily available at Thanksgiving or, indeed, any other time of the year. “It is hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal that doesn’t have some…

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Purdue’s Top Farmer Conference will focus on strategies for mitigating risk in 2020

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue Top Farmer Conference, a management program for farmers that features some of the nation’s top experts on marketing, risk management and crop production, will take place Jan. 10 at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafaye…

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Junior Olivia West energized and empowered by Forbes summit

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Do you have a cup of coffee ready? Good, you’re going to need it after just a glimpse at junior Olivia West’s schedule. Actually, agricultural economics major West said she feels invigorated rather than worn out by her full schedule. In addition to excelling in the classroom, West is a member…

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Farmer sentiment on trade and the overall ag economy improves as fall harvest gets underway

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer improved 15 points to a reading of 136 in October. The upswing is attributable to 15-point increases in both of the barometer’s sub-indices. The Index of Current Conditions rose to a reading of 155 a…

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Purdue receives first USDA grant to study organic hemp production

Monday, October 28th, 2019 University News Story

When the 2018 Farm Bill legalized production of hemp, the deluge of phone calls from potential growers to scientists and state administrators quickly made it clear how little information is available for those hoping to plant the crop.

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Borlaug Dialogue fuels students’ passion to make a difference

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Twelve undergraduates from the College of Agriculture recently attended the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2001, the Borlaug Dialogue is named after Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of The World Food Prize, Nobel Prize Laureate and father of the “Green Revolution.” This event honors his…

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Purdue Alumna and Olympic Gold Medalist returns to campus

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 University News Story

Amanda Elmore, a Purdue University graduate and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in women’s rowing, returned to campus for homecoming festivities and made a presentation to an agricultural economics program.

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Behind the Research: GTAP

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their roles. Each academic year, we profile six individuals or teams whose work supports the College of…

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Farmer sentiment regarding current conditions slips in September

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 University News Story

Farmers became much more pessimistic about current conditions on their own farms and in the U.S. agricultural economy in late summer, according to the September Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. While the overall Ag Economy Barometer re…

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Agricultural economics graduates selected for prestigious World Bank program

Monday, September 30th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Francis Addeah Darko earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics but his dreams of working for the World Bank started well before his matriculation. “I grew up in a village in Ghana where the majority of people were poor and most depended on agriculture,” Darko, who graduated in…

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Much to learn from annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

By Chad Campbell “Small changes can make a big difference in students’ undergraduate experiences and professional development,” said Elizabeth Flaherty as she presented the Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Lecture. In recognition of her innovation and excellence in teaching undergraduate students, Flaherty was one of two professors selected to present during the College of Agriculture’s sixth…

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‘U.S. Farm Report’ will bring college road show back to Purdue

Friday, September 20th, 2019 University News Story

“The U.S. Farm Report” a syndicated television show focusing on agriculture and agribusiness, hosted by Tyne Morgan, will be filming at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus from 1:30-3 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 26). Filming will take place on the lawn by the A…

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