Purdue Agriculture

Dinner brings scholars and donors together

Friday, September 20th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  For students like Mikayla Applegate, an Agricultural Sciences Education and Communications (ASEC) senior, the scholarships she’s received over the years aren’t just acknowledgements of her excellent coursework and campus-wide engagement, they are what will allow her to graduate in May free of school-loans. “I will make it out of college without…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Carmen Wickware

Monday, September 16th, 2019

CARMEN WICKWARE “A lot of professors or PIs are interested in the role the microbiomes play. We have a lot of collaborative efforts going on.” — Carmen Wickware, PhD student, Department of Animal Sciences   THE STUDENT Carmen Wickware came from Terre Haute to Purdue as an undergraduate open to any discipline that fit her…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Travis Atkinson

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

TRAVIS ATKINSON “Back home in Jamaica, electricity is expensive, so businesses can’t compete very well. With cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy, the entire economy benefits.” — Travis Atkinson, PhD student, Agricultural Economics   THE STUDENT Travis Atkinson was the first person in his immediate family to earn a university degree. “The most important lesson…

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New horticulture teaching garden dedicated

Monday, August 26th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose On Aug, 23 one of Purdue University’s newly revitalized greenspaces was dedicated as the Jules Janick Horticulture Garden. Janick, the Troop Distinguished Professor in the horticulture and landscape architecture (HLA) department and director of the Center for New Crops and Plant Products, recently led the effort to renovate this space. The…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Hansel Mina

Monday, August 26th, 2019

HANSEL MINA “With time, I can help others — farmers, growers, people that handle the food, people that grow the food. That motivates me, that I will be part of the change.” — Hansel Mina, PhD student, Department of Food Science   THE STUDENT Growing up in Cali, Colombia, Hansel Mina noticed that despite his…

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How Purdue Extension is helping Hoosiers respond to emergencies

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Purdue Extension has a long history of serving rural communities across Indiana and Extension’s newest initiative exemplifies this tradition. On Aug. 12, Extension will launch the Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness program (IN-PREP), a statewide program devoted to preparing rural Hoosier communities for emergencies and disaster relief. The initiative will focus on…

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Data: Indiana farmers markets as affordable as grocery stores

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Ariana Torres discusses prices with a grower at the Lafayette Farmers Market. Photo by Tom Campbell By Brian Wallheimer In the midst of National Farmers Market Week, a Purdue agricultural economist wants to dispel a persistent myth – that consumers can find better produce prices at the grocery store. Prices at a farmers market are…

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Summer internships introduce Colombian students to research at Purdue

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Several of the seven students from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, who completed 10-week research internships at Purdue this June and July are already making plans to return to West Lafayette. Icesi requires its seniors (fourth-year students) to complete a six-month internship before graduation. Alejandro Balcazar, who conducted research with Damon Lisch, associate professor of…

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Six things you probably don’t know about kissing bugs

Monday, July 29th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  The Center for Disease Control recently issued a memo regarding the presence of the Triatoma sanguisuga insect in 12 states, including Indiana. Triatoma sanguisuga is better known by its common name, the kissing bug. Kissing bugs, which are common in Central and South America, can carry Chagas, a parasitic disease. The…

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Lisa Mauer’s work unravels mysteries of processed foods

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose Next time you’re at the grocery store you might spare a thought for Lisa Mauer, professor of food science and co-director of the Center for Food Safety Engineering. Mauer, who was also recently named interim associate vice provost for faculty affairs, is a food materials scientist and devotes her research to…

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Selfies with Poland’s President and other stories from this ASEC student’s trip abroad

Monday, July 15th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  During a trip to Poland in June, Courtney Dawn Kelley, incoming Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) senior, put her coursework into practice. Kelley traveled to Poland as part of the 2019 General Electric Poland Immersion Trip, an initiative designed to enhance multilateral cooperation in areas of trade and technology between…

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How these Indiana 4-H youths put themselves in the shoes of the less fortunate

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Text by Emma Ea Ambrose  Video by Kelsey Getzin  “We sacrificed our baby so we could eat dinner,” Bennett, an Indiana 4-H member from Hendricks County explained to a group of his peers. The room erupted in laughter. In April, Bennett and a group of 43 4-H youths were debriefing after a night spent cooking,…

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College of Agriculture announces three major awards

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture recently announced its 2019 awards for excellence in research, promoting the core land grant mission and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Agricultural Research Award, the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award and the TEAM award will be granted respectively to Ian Kaplan, professor of entomology; Haley Oliver, associate professor…

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Purdue startup assists Cameroon with developing hydroponic farming methods, entrepreneurship

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 University News Story

Cameroon, a West African country in the Congo region, has long relied on foreign aid to feed its citizens due to the extreme desert climate in some areas and a continued influx in refugees and orphaned children from neighboring nations.

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Ag Class of 2019: Justin Couetil

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Justin…

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Ag Class of 2019: Samantha Morris

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Samantha…

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Ag Class of 2019: Kasha Halbleib

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Kasha…

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Ag Class of 2019: Abby Gress

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Abby…

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Horticulture professor one of eight faculty Fulbright Scholars

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  “A lot of people don’t know this, but tomatoes originated in the Andes Mountains,” Lori Hoagland, associate professor of Horticulture said. “For that reason, understanding soil biodiversity there has major implications for developing new disease resistant tomato varieties.” This research is the basis for the Fulbright Scholar Award Hoagland recently received…

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Persistence pays off as agricultural economics Ph.D. student delves into issues of food insecurity in Niger

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Emma Ea Ambrose  Kayenat Kabir, a Ph.D. student in Purdue University’s Agricultural Economics Department, is the first to admit that she did not follow a traditional path in the department while pursuing her doctorate degree. In 2015,  Kabir gave up her job in the UN World Food Programme to start her Ph.D. at Purdue. She…

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