Extension

How Purdue Extension is helping Hoosiers respond to emergencies

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Purdue Extension has a long history of serving rural communities across Indiana and Extension’s newest initiative exemplifies this tradition. On Aug. 12, Extension will launch the Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness program (IN-PREP), a statewide program devoted to preparing rural Hoosier communities for emergencies and disaster relief. The initiative will focus on…

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Six things you probably don’t know about kissing bugs

Monday, July 29th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  The Center for Disease Control recently issued a memo regarding the presence of the Triatoma sanguisuga insect in 12 states, including Indiana. Triatoma sanguisuga is better known by its common name, the kissing bug. Kissing bugs, which are common in Central and South America, can carry Chagas, a parasitic disease. The…

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How these Indiana 4-H youths put themselves in the shoes of the less fortunate

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Text by Emma Ea Ambrose  Video by Kelsey Getzin  “We sacrificed our baby so we could eat dinner,” Bennett, an Indiana 4-H member from Hendricks County explained to a group of his peers. The room erupted in laughter. In April, Bennett and a group of 43 4-H youths were debriefing after a night spent cooking,…

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Groundhogs can’t predict the weather but they do poop underground

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose Groundhogs are good at many things, said Brian MacGowan, Purdue University Extension wildlife specialist and Forestry and Natural Resources Extension coordinator, but predicting the weather definitely isn’t one of them. The lore surrounding Groundhog Day originated in Germany where people used the reactions of badgers and hedgehogs to gauge weather patterns….

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Why it’s so hard to forecast a white Christmas

Friday, December 14th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  No matter how you might feel about cold weather, who doesn’t dream of a white Christmas? Every December, forecasts abound on the probability of a snow-filled holiday.  Austin Pearson, Purdue Extension director in Tipton County and climatology expert, said it’s almost impossible to predict Christmas snowfall more than three days in…

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Purdue student team develops hydroseeding adhesive to win Student Soybean Innovation Competition

Friday, April 20th, 2018

A chat with farmers over a cup of coffee in a small Indiana town led to an invention that earned a team of four students first place in the 2018 Student Soybean Innovation Competition. Team SoyTack won $20,000 for its soy-based tackifier, a fast-curing, formaldehyde-free soil stabilizer. The Indiana Soybean Alliance has funded the competition since…

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