Alumni

Call for Purdue Certificate of Distinction nominees

Monday, September 14th, 2020 University News Story

The Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2021 Certificate of Distinction award, the highest award of the association.

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

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

“Early one morning, when my grandpa was just a young boy, his family traveled to the train station in Camden, Ind.,” said Claire Crum, retelling her favorite story. “There, he saw men shoveling our family’s soybeans into a fancy train. Someone in an expensive-looking suit walked up to my grandpa and shook his hand.”

The man was Henry Ford, who was interested in this new, rare crop. “Mr. Ford toured our farm and shared lunch before returning home with three train cars full of soybeans. He originally intended to use them as a fuel source, but instead used them in the black paint of his Ford cars.

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Jabaay with tractor in field

Meat science alumnus reflects on 50 years with industry leaders

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

“Purdue professors do a very good job of helping students learn how to address complex issues,” explained Ross Jabaay, who entered the world of meat science over 50 years ago. Whether in the military, laboratory or board room, Jabaay says he was able to use the tools he acquired at Purdue to find the answer to any questions he faced.

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

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Before electricity and modern refrigeration, icehouses were built to keep ice and snow frozen, and it was sold and shipped year-round. As refrigerators grew in popularity, icehouses shifted their business model. They became the predecessor to convenience stores, selling perishable groceries and cold drinks. 7-Eleven traces its origin to one such icehouse.

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Entrepreneurs find learning opportunities amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

As March 14 drew near, Purdue alumni Woody and Kayla Nichols grew increasingly concerned about the upcoming open house at their store, Prairie View Ag Supply. More than 400 guests were expected at the annual event, but COVID-19 and uncertainty were beginning to spreading.

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Carter with volunteers at Fish Fry

Purdue Ag Alumni Association volunteer earns national award

Friday, June 19th, 2020

“Ben Carter is an outstanding servant leader for the Purdue Ag Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “He is always there to lend a helping hand, whether it is at alumni events, the state fair, or helping to advocate for agriculture. He can be counted on to deliver in all circumstances and does it with a smile.”

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

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

After 75 years, Max Judge still recalls a simple question that set the course for decades of progress in meat science.

Growing up on a farm in Henry County, Judge showed pigs through 4-H. “In 1945, I had the opportunity to host the county pig tour,” Judge recalled. “Lo and behold, leading the tour was Hobe Jones.” Jones taught animal sciences at Purdue for 38 years. “I was excited to tell Hobe that my brother had worked with pigs at Purdue under Cliff Breeden. My brother had told me that Cliff kept his pigs from getting too fat by feeding them by hand instead of on a feeder.”

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Purdue plant science startup sees growing interest during COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 University News Story

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that designs, distributes, and supports direct-to-consumer, in-home greenhouses is seeing increased interest for its innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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(Left to right) Cameron Mann, Justin Couetil and Stephen Schwartz

Award winners credit college’s contributions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Since 2003, 14 of the 36 G.A. Ross and Flora Roberts Award winners have been from the College of Agriculture. Justin Couetil, a biochemistry student, won the G.A. Ross Award in 2019. Cameron Mann won the Flora Roberts Award in 2017, representing agricultural communication and agribusiness.

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Purdue plant imaging facility named for Ag Alumni Seed

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 University News Story

On April 2 the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved naming of the Ag Alumni Seed Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility to recognize Ag Alumni Seed’s partnership with the College of Agriculture in expanding the breadth of plant research.

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Six receive Certificate of Distinction from Purdue ag alumni association

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 University News Story

Six graduates of the Purdue University College of Agriculture were recognized as recipients of the Agricultural Alumni Association’s highest honor – the Certificate of Distinction – during the annual Ag Alumni Fish Fry on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fa…

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Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry to celebrate future of agriculture

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 University News Story

The Purdue University Ag Alumni Fish Fry will take place on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The event offers alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture an opportunity to network with each other and visit exhibits highligh…

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Backroad Baker Cookies

Making memories while making dough

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

By Chad Campbell Three generations of the Luse family gather every December, surrounded by holiday music and the lights from their Christmas tree. They share stories of the past, especially from their years in West Lafayette where most of them attended Purdue. With the contributions of Olivia Luse, founder of Backroad Baker, the festive scene…

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Mosier in front of the new ABE building

Top ABE department appoints new leader for new century

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

By Chad Campbell In 1998, Nathan Mosier thought he was looking for the best graduate school when he chose Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). What he soon realized was that he had also found the ideal professional home – one in which he has learned, taught and led for the last 21…

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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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Lafayette-area corn maze themed for Purdue’s ‘Giant Leaps’ wins USA Today contest

Friday, September 6th, 2019 University News Story

A corn maze near Lafayette that is designed to commemorate Purdue University’s “150 Years of Giant Leaps” has won USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for best corn maze.

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Autonomous robots enter fields to collect precise soil samples, help farmers improve yields, reduce environmental impact, save money

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 University News Story

Collecting precise soil samples is essential for farmers because a small amount of soil determines the amount of nutrients needed for acres of crops and can determine crop yields.

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Pilot Tyler Rice flies well below the treeline, preparing to drop a load of soybeans on Kyle Blaydes’ wheat field in Montgomery County.

It’s raining beans in Montgomery County

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Photos and Story by Tom Campbell It  was raining this week in Montgomery County. No surprise there, in this, the soggiest season in memory. But what it was raining was a bit odd. Soybeans. Three generations on the Blaydes family farm include Keith (BS’68, MS’71), Kyle (BS’97) and Drake, a high school senior, who hopes…

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