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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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Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina giving his keynote speech

Scale Up Conference attracts hundreds from around the world to Purdue

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Efe Omudu isn’t shy about sharing his failures. “I’d run about five businesses in the span of six years and I failed in almost all of them because they were not sustainable,” Omudu said. Omudu is from Nigeria, a country and eco­­nomy heavily reliant on agriculture. His business ventures focused on…

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Purdue Scale Up Conference opens with talks by Mitch Daniels and Akinwumi Adesina

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 University News Story

Expanding technologies that can improve and save millions of lives will be the focus of Purdue University’s Scale Up Conference on Tuesday (Sept. 25) through Thursday (Sept. 27), the first of its kind in North America.

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Sink your teeth into the Purdue Ag Alumni Common Read

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 University News Story

The Purdue Ag Alumni Common Read will make its debut this fall in honor of Purdue University’s sesquicentennial celebration.

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Sheep and wool checkoff funds new projects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 University News Story

The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program (Indiana S&W) based at Purdue University is funding several new projects this year to promote the state’s lamb and wool industry.

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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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Ag Alumni Seed to fund sophisticated new root scanner at Purdue

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 University News Story

Ag Alumni Seed, a Purdue University-affiliated seed technology company, has made a $900,000 gift to fund the purchase of a sophisticated computed tomography (CT) root scanner for Purdue’s new controlled environment plant phenotyping facility.

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Purdue Ag Alumni Association honors six with Certificate of Distinction

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 University News Story

Six noted graduates and contributors associated with the Purdue University College of Agriculture have been named as recipients of the Agricultural Alumni Association’s highest honor – the Certificate of Distinction.

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World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini to deliver keynote at 2018 Fish Fry

Monday, December 18th, 2017 University News Story

Since its inception in 1949, the annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry has featured keynote speeches from some of the country’s most prominent educators, business leaders, athletes and policymakers. In just the past few years, the list of speakers has included Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonalds (2014); W. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation (2015); college basketball coaching legends Gene Keady of Purdue and Bob Knight of Indiana (2016); and Olympic diving champion David Boudia (2017).

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World Food Prize Symposium

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Purdue Agriculture alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina received the prestigious World Food Prize at the 2017 World Food Prize Symposium! You can watch the ceremony in its entirety below. Or, if you want to skip to the good parts, see our list of timestamps! Dr. Adesina’s Introduction — 13:02 President Mitch Daniels Introduction — 32:32 Purdue Glee…

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Visionaries honored during Celebration of Agriculture

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch presented the 2017 AgriVision Award to Beth Bechdol, Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller, President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and Purdue Ag Alum, and Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue University , during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair. In its eleventh year, the award is given to…

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World Food Prize Laureate, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, with UN Secretary General

Purdue alumnus wins world’s foremost prize for food and agriculture

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Purdue University alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as a reformer and leader of the agricultural sector in Africa. Adesina joins Purdue faculty members Gebisa Ejeta (2009) and Philip Nelson (2007) as the third World Food Prize Laureate…

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