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Unsung Diversity Hero Awards honor those who’ve gone above and beyond

May 11, 2022

Founded in 2018, the Unsung Diversity Hero Award is presented annually to a faculty member, staff member and student for their efforts to create an inclusive environment within their department and the college as a whole, going out of their way to lead others by setting a positive example.

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ID that Indiana Tree with Purdue Extension

April 29, 2022

Spring is in full bloom and trees are beginning to look green again. Learning how to identify trees in yards, neighborhoods and local parks provides insight into the diversity and relationships found in nature. Lenny Farlee, Purdue Extension Forester, shares how to identify trees native to Indiana.

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Four Tips to Grow Your Garden

April 13, 2022

April showers bring May flowers and summer produce that you can devour! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to expand your garden, Karen Mitchell, consumer horticulture Extension specialist, reminds us of four simple tips so you can plant confidently.

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Purdue Farmer-to-Farmer Program transitions back to in-person volunteer assignments in Trinidad and Tobago

March 29, 2022

Purdue Extension’s, Cora Carter, one of the first to volunteer for the Purdue F2F program, was forced to pivot to a virtual platform. Since the COVID-19 pandemic travel limitations, the F2F program has delivered almost 30 virtual programs to support Trinbagonian farmer groups and institutions. The first in-person assignment, completed in January, focused on providing hands-on training in sheep production to Vision on Mission (VOM), an organization that provides rehabilitation services, empowerment, life skills, employment training and development in agriculture and other areas to individuals in need of re-integration into society.

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Purdue Online Winemaking Certificate Course Honors its First Graduate

March 23, 2022

Wine is one of the most popular beverages in the world. According to Fortune Business, the global wine market is a $340 billion industry, and it’s growing every year. The United States is the largest consumer of wine worldwide, with an estimated one in three American adults drinking wine multiple times a week. The world’s passion for wine is reflected by a robust wine-making culture. Across the globe, wine is being produced, consumed, and exported in massive quantities, and the technologies and processes that go into creating high-quality wine are constantly evolving.

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Scarlet Tanager

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Scarlet Tanager

March 16, 2022

A Scarlet Tanager’s bright red feathers can make them look out of place among the canopies of Indiana’s forests. But when they winter near the equator, Scarlet Tanagers look right at home.

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Snowy Owls

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Snowy Owls

March 16, 2022

The lakeshore around the Indiana Dunes National Park welcomes Snowy Owls most winters, but when predicting if the birds will make their way to Tippecanoe County, experts look far north and to the past.

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: North American River Otter

March 2, 2022

“River otters were a native species to Indiana but they were extirpated from our state,” explained Patrick Zollner, professor of quantitative ecology. With fur hundreds of times denser than human hair, otters were the target of trapping and unregulated harvesting. In 1942, they were officially classified as extinct from Indiana.

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Grant aims to bring Indiana maple syrup industry back to its former glory

February 28, 2022

In 1919, Indiana stood as the nation’s number one maple syrup producer boasting vast acres of maple forests. Decades of removing trees, however, made the statewide industry move to the back of the line in scale of production.

A $500K Acer Access and Development Program grant, the USDA funded program that supports states’, tribal governments’, and research institutions’ promotion of the domestic maple syrup industry, was recently awarded to Purdue University’s College of Agriculture to move the needle in the other direction.

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New Agriculture and Natural Resources Program leader joins Purdue Extension team

February 16, 2022

Henry Quesada grew up on a farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, about five miles away from the nearest house.

“I remember when I was little, we had cattle and we made cheese. Every week we loaded the horses and went to the nearest grocery store where we traded cheese for food,” reflected Quesada. “We had a really sustainable life. We used everything, nothing was wasted.”

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2021 grain dust explosions show decrease in incidents, result in one death

February 14, 2022

In the annual report recording nationwide grain dust bin explosions, seven incidents were reported in 2021, down from eight in 2020.

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Purdue Extension hosting workshop for next generation of farmland seekers

February 9, 2022

Purdue Extension’s Farmland for the Next Generation program is designed to help attendees achieve their land acquisition goals.

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Student’s research improves nutrition and food safety

January 13, 2022

More than 1,500 miles separate Purdue University and Enrique Velasco’s Honduras-based alma mater, Zamorano. Despite the distance, Velasco formed a new connection to Zamorano when he began his research in West Lafayette. Velasco studied agribusiness management in Honduras and sought a horticulture internship to balance his studies. There, he learned about research done by Purdue associate professor of horticulture and agricultural economics Arianna Torres, who also studied at Zamorano.

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Four steps for thriving indoor plants

January 10, 2022

In celebration of National Houseplant Appreciation Day, Karen Mitchell, consumer horticulture Extension specialist, shares these helpful tips to ensure your plants stay green and healthy.

“Houseplants are great year long, but they are especially beneficial in the winter to keep your home’s inside as green as possible. Winter is also the best time to reevaluate your houseplants for necessary care,” said Mitchell.

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Purdue Extension Master Gardener program to offer virtual basic training in spring

December 20, 2021

The spring 2022 Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) basic training program will begin Feb. 1 as a series of live virtual webinars

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Repurposing your real Christmas tree

December 17, 2021

When the holidays are over and the needles begin to fall from your natural Christmas tree, continue to spread holiday cheer by returning your tree to nature.

Jarred Brooke, Extension wildlife specialist, and Mitch Zischke, fisheries specialist, share a few creative ways you can repurpose and recycle your tree this year.

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: American Mistletoe

December 17, 2021

What is green, popular around Christmas and steals things from trees? Other than the Grinch?

While the Grinch lives on top of a mountain, American mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) lives high up on the branches of trees. Its genus, Phoradendron, translates to “tree thief” referencing its hemiparasitic nature.

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Indiana Farm Bureau’s Hovde Award presented to Purdue Extension educator Karen Richey

December 14, 2021

The Indiana Farm Bureau’s (INFB) 2021 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the people of Indiana by a Purdue staff member has been awarded to Extension educator Karen Richey.

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Purdue Extension sets virtual program for beef producers

December 13, 2021

Purdue Extension beef experts invite producers with fewer than five years of experience and individuals who are considering starting a beef cattle operation to join them for Purdue Beef Basics. The virtual program is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. ET Tuesday e…

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Ring-necked Pheasant

December 10, 2021

In 1962’s “The Annotated Mother Goose,” author William S. Baring-Gould theorized the five golden rings included in “The 12 Days of Christmas” refer not to jewelry, but Ring-necked Pheasants. Whether his theory matches the English Christmas carol’s original meaning or not, pheasants have secured their place in the holiday season for families across rural America.

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