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Providing a local perspective on global climate change

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

How important is climate change to you personally?

This question is guaranteed to produce a wide range of opinions across America. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication groups the American public into six audiences – alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful and dismissive.

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What you need to know to start your own pollinator garden

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Bats, beetles, flies, moths, birds, butterflies and bees: can you guess what all these have in common?

They can all be pollinators and, in many parts of the country, including the Midwest, their populations are under threat. Increased urbanization, use of pesticides, global warming and many other factors have severely diminished pollinator populations throughout North America.

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Agritourism offers safe summer fun during COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

By day, Marshall Martin is a professor of agricultural economics, the senior associate director of agricultural research and graduate education and assistant dean in the College of Agriculture. In the evenings, he’s known to many customers as just the “blueberry man.”

While much at Martin Acres LLC, the West Lafayette farm he manages with his wife, Berdine, remains the same this year, they are taking precautions due to COVID-19. Martin is basing these necessary safety adjustments on guidelines for U-pick operations published by Purdue Extension.

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Horticulture professor shares essential advice for a healthy lawn

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

“Plants don’t know COVID-19 is here,” said Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture at Purdue University. “They don’t know if it’s a weekend or holiday. They’ve still got to be taken care of.”

With Americans spending more time at home, Bigelow sees an opportunity for homeowners to tackle postponed lawn care projects and get their yards in top shape. Bigelow shared his advice on how to have a healthy lawn.

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Take financial control of your life with Purdue Extension program

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences (HHS), has launched a free online program for anyone seeking money management best practices and financial control. The Where Does Your Money Go? online program will guide participants through the creation of …

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Celebrate Hoosier wines during Wine Grape Month

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 University News Story

June is Indiana’s Wine Grape Month and the Purdue Wine Grape Team encourages people to celebrate by visiting Indiana’s wineries.

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Eileen Kladivko performed a 35-year research project at SEPAC on field tile drainage. Pointing at signs.

Purdue Agronomy professor reflects on 35-year research project

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

“I was the new kid on the block when this project started in 1982,” said Eileen Kladivko, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “I knew almost nothing about drainage, but that quickly changed.”
Kladivko began her career at Purdue University as an assistant professor of agronomy. Little did she realize that for the next 35 years, she would work on a water drainage project that she initially learned about during her interview.

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Celebrating dairy products and community in Indiana

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Since 1937, it has been a national tradition to celebrate dairy every June. Originally organized by a group of grocers to promote the distribution of milk in the heat of summer, the tradition has expanded to celebrate all dairy products and the people behind them. While the world grapples with radical change, there is no better time to celebrate the gathering of people and nutritious food around the table.

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How Hoosier farmers markets are coping with COVID-19

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Farmers markets in Indiana are organized at the local level, subject to county health authorities and regulations. Under normal circumstances, these rules don’t differ much from town to town, Tamara Benjamin, assistant program leader for diversified farming and food systems for Purdue Extension, said.

In the era of COVID-19, however, the regulations dictating safety standards to vendors and visitors can vary drastically.

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Purdue Extension teams up with Prairie Farms to provide milk to local food pantries

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue Extension is partnering with Prairie Farms to distribute gallons of milk to those in need as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Through the program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Serv…

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Program to build leadership, human resource skills for farm managers

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 University News Story

In addition to the responsibilities of keeping an agricultural operation running, farm managers and owners must also have the human resource skills to find and retain high-quality employees.

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Purdue Extension announces 4-H fairs can occur in July if guidelines met

Friday, May 15th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue Extension announced on Friday (May 15) that county 4-H fairs can occur after the Purdue University restrictions on face-to-face events end June 30.

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Theoneste Nzaranyimana

Student teaches agriculture to improve children’s lives

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

“I had heard about Purdue when I was in Africa; how it requires you to be smart and to work extra hard, but that the university is unique,” said Theoneste Nzaranyimana, “I was inspired that if I get into this university, my dream could come true.”

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Purdue IPIA to administer capacity-building program in Trinidad and Tobago

Monday, April 27th, 2020 University News Story

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) and Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will administer and manage the USAID John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program implemented by Purdue …

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Purdue Extension shares free online program on childhood obesity

Thursday, April 16th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue Extension will offer the “I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL)” webinar series. IMIL is a research-based program for child care professionals and guardians to learn how to prevent or reduce obesity in children age 5 and younger. The webinar series …

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Protecting farm labor during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 University News Story

Maintaining a healthy farm workforce is more important than ever to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure a successful harvest. Purdue Extension recommends the following procedures to protect farm labor from COVID-19.

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New program leader for 4-H youth development joins Purdue Extension leadership

Monday, April 6th, 2020 University News Story

Casey Mull, an extension military specialist for 4-H youth development at the University of Georgia, has been selected as Purdue Extension’s new assistant director and program leader for 4-H youth development. Mull succeeds Renee McKee, who recently re…

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Maintaining financial control during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 University News Story

Many are experiencing unanticipated loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences (HHS), located in the College of Health and Human Sciences, has created nine fact sheets outlining the steps that individuals sh…

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