Purdue Agriculture’s 20 most-read stories of 2020

January 4, 2021

"2020

was a year unlike any other, with numerous challenges, opportunities and accomplishments across our college,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “Through it all we were proud to share Purdue Agriculture’s stories with the incredible community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and so many other supporters.”

Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Communication wrote and published more than 180 stories in 2020. Shared on ag.purdue.edu and the college’s social media pages, these stories attracted visitors from 142 different countries and received over 335,000 views.

We invite you to read and relive the college’s 20 most-read stories from Purdue’s 151st year.

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"For me, college is not a time to go with the flow; it is a time to act decisively, find my specific interests, discover opportunities and open doors for my future.”

-Rachel Brummet

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"I knew almost nothing about drainage, but that quickly changed.”

-Eileen Kladivko

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"The world looks different from 1,000 feet. There is a certain scale, a certain pace. Everything looks smaller, moving slower down below. The view from above makes everything look a little less problematic.”

-John Lumkes

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That was very frustrating to me. This severe stroke came and totally turned my life upside down.

–Herb Ohm

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We weren’t sure what to do. Businesses were closing and events were being canceled left and right.”

-Woody Nichols

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When the pandemic hit, we had to think fast. I don’t think anyone was sure of the right thing to do, but we had to try something.

-Lee Stanish

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“Companion animals are wonderful stress-buffers. It’s well-documented that people who own pets, especially dogs, find them helpful under times of stress.”

-Candace Croney

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“I don’t know any place else where I could have this kind of hands-on experience. This is why I came to Purdue.”

-Alyson McGovern

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“First of all, don’t call them 'murder hornets.'” 

–Brock Harpur

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If there’s a surplus at the farm, why is there a shortage in the grocery store?

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