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Sean Rotar elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

November 24, 2021

Sean Rotar, program chair and associate professor of landscape architecture, was one of 35 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) members selected for the 2021 Class of Fellows. ASLA Council of Fellows are elected for their exceptional contrib…

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Indiana Horticulture Conference and Expo to return in person in 2022

November 19, 2021

After a year of online learning sessions, the Indiana Horticulture Conference and Expo is returning in person on Jan. 19-20 in Indianapolis. Beginner and experienced, and small and large vegetable and fruit operators are invited to attend more than 100…

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HLA course unpacks roots of structural racism in American agriculture

October 19, 2021

“When I came to Purdue I knew it was a land-grant school. I didn’t know all that entailed in a historical context,” freshman Emily Earnshaw said, discussing the many history lessons she’s gained this semester in Structural Racism in U.S. Agriculture course in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (HLA).

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Colombian students form tight-knit community to navigate graduate school

October 11, 2021

“My community, friends and peers are the reason I am making it through graduate school,” Katherine Rivera-Zuluga said. “One hundred percent.”
Rivera-Zuluga is a Ph.D. student in botany and plant pathology. She is one of four Colombian students currently pursuing a doctorate in the plant sciences and one of many Colombian students in the college and university at large. This community of countrymen and women has been a key support system for Rivera-Zuluga and many others, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were all away from home in the middle of a pandemic where everyone is getting sick and is scared,” she continued. “It was hard and depressing, but we gathered together when we could, we tried to keep each other safe in many ways. Most of us didn’t travel home over Christmas, but we had each other.”

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Purdue awarded $10 million for #DiverseCornBelt project

October 6, 2021

A $10 million project seeks to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape.

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HLA professor earns distinguished fellowship

September 22, 2021

Aaron Patton, professor and associate head of horticulture and landscape architecture (HLA), recently received a fellowship by the American Society of Agronomy. Fellow is the highest honor conferred by the ASA and recognizes Patton’s contributions in a…

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HLA professor awarded distinguished fellowship

September 21, 2021

Aaron Patton, professor and associate head of horticulture and landscape architecture (HLA), was recently awarded a fellowship by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Fellow is the highest honor conferred by the ASA and recognizes Patton’s contributions in agronomy through Extension and research.

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Indiana wine grape harvest projected to be fruitful

September 13, 2021

Indiana wine grape growers began harvesting in late August and will continue through early October. Despite a late freeze at the beginning of the growing season, high wine grape yields are expected across the state.

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Behind the Research: Glenn Hardebeck

September 7, 2021

Glenn Hardebeck learned to play golf from his grandfather but recalls being more interested in driving the golf cart than hitting the ball. At 15, he started a part-time job working on the course at Benton County Country Club. “I didn’t realize there were bigger and better things than the little nine-hole golf course I worked on for five summers,” he says.

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Education field day set for small farmers

July 13, 2021

Small and urban farmers are invited to join Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the Purdue Student Farm for the Small Farm Education Field Day and Webinar series.

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Summer research sows seeds of interest in agricultural sciences

July 2, 2021
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Purdue educational opportunities for small farmers

June 14, 2021

The Purdue Student Farm and Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture invite farmers and produce growers to attend the Small Farm Education Field Day and Webinar series this summer.

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Purdue researcher working to harness power of sea slugs

May 17, 2021
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Purdue Student Farm offers vegetable season pass

May 13, 2021

The Purdue University Student Farm will provide fresh locally grown vegetables to community members for a second year.

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Make the grass greener on your side this spring

April 26, 2021

“When it comes to lawn care, spring is one of the most important seasons for cool-season grasses like those found in most of Indiana,” said Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture at Purdue University specializing in turf science and ecology. “With a little intentional effort, you can make a big impact on the health of your yard for the rest of the year.”

Bigelow answered several frequently asked questions about spring lawn care.

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Purdue’s Spring Fest offers virtual at-home activities

April 6, 2021

Purdue’s College of Agriculture welcomes people of all ages to experience Purdue Spring Fest from their home and backyards. Normally held in-person on Purdue University’s campus, the annual event will begin Monday, April 12, with online events and acti…

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Three agriculture students named Academic All-Big Ten

March 22, 2021

Three student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the winter sports season. They were among 68 Purdue student-athletes to earn the title across the university.

To qualify for Academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled full-time.

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Sowing seeds of resilience: gardening in times of crisis

March 16, 2021

“Will you have a part in victory?”

During WWI propaganda posters across the country asked Americans this question. They weren’t recruiting enlistees or requesting donations for munitions manufacturing – they were urging Americans to garden.

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Student’s research makes healthy indoor plants more attainable

February 9, 2021

“Plant nitrogen is important in determining the growth and quality of ornamental plants,” explained Ranjeeta Adhikari, a Ph.D. student in horticulture and landscape architecture. “But indoor growers have limited options for simple, reliable and affordable technology to measure it.” Through her research at Purdue University, Adhikari has taken steps toward removing the limitations.

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Behind the Research: Kirby Kalbaugh

February 8, 2021

Technology has long fascinated Kirby Kalbaugh, but early in his career, his goal was to manage a hotel or an amusement park. The Cincinnati native worked full time while studying hospitality management at Purdue. After earning his degree in 1998, he held various hotel management positions in Lafayette — a town he had grown to love.

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