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State chemist’s office issues temporary regulatory compliance guidance in response to pandemic

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 University News Story

The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) is releasing new temporary guidance regarding compliance with state pesticide and fertilizer regulatory requirements in Indiana. This is in consideration of disruptions to normal operations being caused by the…

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Plant science focus makes Purdue ideal for grad student’s research

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example,” said Christine Wilson, quoting Purdue alumnus John Wooden. Wilson, the newly appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture, thought her life would follow a similar path to Wooden’s, but as Wilson noted, “Sometimes plan B is better than plan A.”

Wooden taught high school English, but he is better-known as the first athlete inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. As a teenager, Wilson was determined to earn a scholarship playing basketball, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher and basketball coach.

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Christine Wilson meeting new Students

Not in Kansas anymore, Associate Dean Wilson returns to Purdue

Friday, March 13th, 2020

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example,” said Christine Wilson, quoting Purdue alumnus John Wooden. Wilson, the newly appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture, thought her life would follow a similar path to Wooden’s, but as Wilson noted, “Sometimes plan B is better than plan A.”

Wooden taught high school English, but he is better-known as the first athlete inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. As a teenager, Wilson was determined to earn a scholarship playing basketball, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher and basketball coach.

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Greenhouses at night

Message from the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Dear Purdue Agriculture Community,

Purdue University leaders have made important strategic decisions regarding our campus response to the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus, COVID-19. I invite you to read more about those decisions and how they will be impacting classes on this site, which will be updated daily.

For Purdue Agriculture, these important guidelines have several implications that I want to share with you. We will be updating information regularly on this page and through our Twitter feed @PurdueAg.

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Nira with a dog on campus

Student learns from two and four legged friends

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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Brandon Hunter smiling in research lab

MANRRS helps groom entrepreneur for life after Purdue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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A handful of crickets that Hall and Liceaga use in their research.

Popcorn in a movie theater bucket

What’s under the shell of this popular snack?

Friday, February 7th, 2020

No country grows or consumes more popcorn than the United States and only one state, Nebraska, produces more popcorn than Indiana. Consequently, it’s surprising that in 2019, only 75,000 of Indiana’s 5 million corn acres contained popcorn.

The hard outer hull of popcorn, called the pericarp, explains why 1.5 percent of the state’s corn pops while none of the rest can.

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Hunger Banquet demonstrates the realities of campus food insecurity

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

By Emma Ea Ambrose  “I thought this was going to be a fairly innocuous lunch but I’m starting to worry,” entomology professor Tim Gibb said. “I suspect this isn’t just going to be lunch and a lecture.” Gibb was one of several dozen attendees at the Hunger Banquet on Jan. 22, an event co-hosted by…

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Men speaking in front of a tractor

AgrAbility gets farmers back to work worldwide

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

To Bill Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, a man who suffers a head injury falling from a grain bin in Indiana is no different than a woman who loses a foot to snakebite near Bangkok. “They have the same mechanical needs,” he explains — “how to get to where they need to be and do the things they’ve always done.”

Field directs the national AgrAbility Project, a USDA-NIFA-sponsored program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities meet those needs. His work focuses on three main areas: the health and well-being of farm families; enhancing emergency response in rural communities; and helping farmers rehabilitate after they’ve experienced a disability. The last priority taps Field’s ongoing research on assistive technology in agricultural workplaces.

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Omar Zayed

Friday, January 17th, 2020

OMAR ZAYED “Understanding plant tolerance mechanisms to overcome abiotic stress — and providing a new technique to help plants to be more resistant to salinity — could be the only future solution to secure food for the world.” — Omar Zayed, PhD candidate, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture   THE STUDENT Residents of Omar Zayed’s hometown…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jing Huang

Monday, January 6th, 2020

JING HUANG “Accurately collecting plant vasculature is very challenging. We are establishing plantains as a model species to study vasculature-specific physiology and responses due to the ease of vascular tissue collection in this plant.” — Jing Huang, PhD student, Department of Agronomy   THE STUDENT Jing Huang’s career path was influenced by where she grew…

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Purdue program changes the drift of communication

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer A dozen years ago, Steve Smith could anticipate the calls coming in from farmers across the state. They’d report when and how much of their crops had been damaged as glyphosate being sprayed on nearby fields caught the wind and landed on their non-resistant tomatoes. “We were having tremendous annual drift episodes,…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jonathan Knott

Monday, December 16th, 2019

JONATHAN KNOTT “In understanding how human-related impacts are changing the world, I’m working toward helping future generations.” — Jonathan Knott, PhD candidate, Forestry and Natural Resources   THE STUDENT Jon Knott says that while growing up in Holland, Michigan, he was a “go-out-and-explore” kind of kid. He credits his love of the outdoors to hunting…

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Agricultural economics senior finds solutions while crossing borders

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose “I really gained a deeper appreciation for agriculture and the fact that it’s not just about the exchange of food, it’s also about the exchange of ideas,” Zebediah Davis, a senior in agricultural economics, said, describing his experience at the Youth Ag Summit in Brasilia, Brazil. Davis recently returned from the…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Derico Setyabrata

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

DERICO SETYABRATA “I personally enjoy food — cooking and eating. Sometimes the dry-aging process can really improve the products. It’s interesting for me to figure out those flavors.” — Derico Setyabrata, PhD student, Animal Science   THE STUDENT When Derico Setyabrata bites into a flavorful steak, he can’t help but wonder why it tastes so…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Shelby Gruss

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

SHELBY GRUSS “High-throughput phenotyping is a huge field with new opportunities, and just to be part of it is exciting. You get to see new things and do things that people haven’t done before and that could help someone in the future.” — Shelby Gruss, PhD student, Agronomy   THE STUDENT Self-described “science person” Shelby…

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