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Untrustworthy hemp seed suppliers pose risk to farmers

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 University News Story

The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) is warning the public about predatory hemp seed vendors known to be currently active in the state.

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2021 Indiana Green Expo to go online with live and on-demand sessions

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 University News Story

The 2021 Indiana Green Expo (IGE) will offer professional turfgrass, landscape and nursery managers recorded and live sessions. Recorded classes will be available Monday (Jan. 18) through Feb. 4. Keynote addresses, a virtual trade show and networking s…

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Modern tomatoes can’t get same soil microbe boost as ancient ancestors

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 University News Story

Tomato plants are especially vulnerable to foliar diseases that can kill them or impact yield. These problems require a number of pesticides in conventional crops and make organic production especially difficult.

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Purdue Extension offers vegetable farming webinar series

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 University News Story

Vegetable farmers are invited to attend the Purdue Extension Vegetable Farming Webinar series sponsored by the Indiana Horticultural Conference and Expo. The series will be held virtually 2-4 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

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Purdue Ag Alumni’s annual fish fry has gone fishin’

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 University News Story

Since 1949, Purdue University agriculture alumni have gathered for an annual meeting and fish fry. The fish fry has become a major event held the first weekend in February at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, attracting major speakers, Purdue leadership, …

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Free pasture management field day for farmers, ranchers

Monday, January 11th, 2021 University News Story

Purdue Extension invites livestock farmers and ranchers to join Controlling Pasture Weeds, a virtual field day set for 7-8:30 p.m. (ET) Feb. 1. Participants will learn about pasture research occurring at Purdue and best practices for controlling weeds …

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New online Purdue course takes a comprehensive look at hemp as a crop and product

Thursday, January 7th, 2021 University News Story

A new, old industry. That’s how the U.S. Department of Agriculture characterizes hemp, a versatile crop grown around the world for thousands of years, including in the U.S., before being effectively outlawed in the 1970s because hemp and marijuana are …

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Purdue Extension offers virtual inheriting farmland workshop

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 University News Story

The Purdue Extension Land Lease Team invites those who have inherited or might inherit farmland soon to attend “So You’ve Inherited a Farm, Now What?” The two-session virtual workshop will be offered 6:30-8:30 pm. (ET) Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.

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Farmer sentiment rises as income prospects improve, though concerns about key policy issues remain

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 University News Story

There was a modest improvement in producer sentiment according to the December Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer increased 7 points from November to a reading of 174. Both of the barometer’s sub-indices ¬— the Index of Cur…

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Purdue Center for Commercial Ag to host free January corn and soybean outlook webinar

Monday, January 4th, 2021 University News Story

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free corn and soybean outlook webinar for the month of January at 12:30 p.m. (ET) Jan. 13.

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Talk is cheap: Why we make healthy claims but indulge in unhealthy behaviors

Thursday, December 17th, 2020 University News Story

The time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is characterized by overindulgence. While we tell others that we are eating and drinking in moderation, controlling our spending, and exercising more, in reality, we do the exact opposite. So where doe…

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Deforestation drove massive Amazon rainforest fires of 2019

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 University News Story

In 2019, unprecedented wildfires destroyed thousands of square miles of Amazon rainforest, roughly the size of New Jersey. The loss of biodiversity and invaluable habitats, release of carbon from the fires, and other socioeconomic and environmental con…

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Virtual crop, finance program for next-generation farmers

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 University News Story

Next-generation farmers and business partners are encouraged to join Purdue Extension for the eight session virtual series “Grow Your Farm Operation.” The series will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET) beginning o…

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Non-tenured and female faculty feeling COVID burdens, study says

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 University News Story

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many faculty scientists to come in from field work and leave their labs for makeshift home workspaces. Those disruptions have affected faculty differently.

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Bioengineered probiotic could prevent Listeria infections

Monday, December 14th, 2020 University News Story

For pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, listeriosis is a serious foodborne illness often linked to deli meats, fresh produce and dairy products. Even with antibiotic treatment, listeriosis is fatal for about 20 percent o…

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Purdue Extension launches virtual program for beef producers

Monday, December 14th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue Extension beef experts are hosting a new program for producers with less than five years of experience or individuals considering starting a beef cattle operation. The virtual program, Purdue Beef Basics, is scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6…

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Mark Russell, Purdue professor and department head, receives Indiana Farm Bureau’s Hovde Award

Monday, December 14th, 2020 University News Story

Mark Russell, department head and professor of agricultural sciences education and communication (ASEC) at Purdue University, was awarded the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence on Friday (Dec. 11) in appreciation of his commitment to educational se…

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Purdue faculty provide insight on critical issues facing farmers in 2021

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 University News Story

This past year was filled with uncertainty in the agricultural markets. A lingering trade war, weather issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic impacted prices and brought change to all parts of the agricultural value chain. One of the biggest questions is wh…

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Purdue Center for Commercial Ag to host free corn and soybean outlook webinar

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture at 2 p.m. (ET) Friday (Dec. 11) will host a free corn and soybean outlook webinar for the month of December.

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Farmer sentiment pulls back post-election; regulation, trade, and taxes rated as top concerns

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 University News Story

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped 16 points to a reading of 167 in November, down from its all-time high set just one month ago. The decrease in sentiment was led by farmers’ more pessimistic view toward the future of the agr…

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