Alumni

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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Pork Research guide in gloved hands

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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Various images from the years top stories

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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Purdue Ag Alumni Association honors career contributors

Friday, February 8th, 2019 University News Story

Seven noted graduates and contributors associated with the Purdue University College of Agriculture have received the Agricultural Alumni Association’s highest honor – the Certificate of Distinction.

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The deans reunite at 2019 Purdue Ag Fish Fry

Monday, February 4th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose The annual Purdue Agriculture Fish Fry, which took place on February 2 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, featured a panel discussion with the past five College of Agriculture Deans: Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, and former deans Bob Thompson, Vic Lechtenberg, Randy Woodson and Jay Akridge, Purdue’s…

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Robin pitch in front of investors on Shark Tank

Boilermaker deploys skills to grow robotic lawn care

Friday, February 1st, 2019

By Chad Campbell Bart Lomont grew up on a grain farm in Allen County, Indiana, learning life-changing lessons. “Where else could you ever have the opportunity to manage 8-10 employees at the age of 13?” Lomont asked. Lomont’s heart was set on attending Purdue from a young age. “My father attended the agricultural winter short…

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How to design your own holiday centerpiece

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  During the holidays expenses tend to mount and bank accounts dwindle. While the internet abounds with thrifty tips for holiday decorating, Tyler Cotterman, a 2010 graduate of the College of Agriculture and owner of Wright Flower Shop in West Lafayette, said one way to spruce (get it?) up your home and…

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Purdue Swiss cheese proceeds go to a “grate” cause

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  At 18 years old, Mark Gee decided he wanted to graduate from Purdue with majors in biochemistry, biological engineering and agronomy. Now, as a fifth-year senior at Purdue, he is set to do just that. Growing up in Iowa, Gee was surrounded by farmland and developed an early interest in plants…

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Booths at the Career Fair

Agricultural Career Fair Showcases Great Demand

Monday, October 8th, 2018

By Chad Campbell Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair provides students and employers a one-of-a-kind opportunity. “We’ve been told by recruiters across the nation that we may not be the largest fair, but we are the best as far as students being prepared,” said Sherrelyn Meyer, Purdue’s assistant director of Career Services. The…

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