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Managing Mental Health in a Summer of Change

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Angie Frost had been hearing from youth and adults that they needed more mental health resources. So the Healthy Living Extension Specialist for Indiana 4-H Youth Development trained a group of Teens as Teachers early this year to lead other youth in practicing social and emotional wellness. “We focused on that in February, without at all knowing what we’d be going through a month later.”

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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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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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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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Graduate researcher tracks billbugs

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Marian Rodriguez-Soto remembers visiting her aunt’s garden as a young girl and being puzzled by the cabbages. Some looked different, so she asked her aunt for an explanation. “She told me they were sick,” Rodriguez-Soto recalled. “I was little, so my mind was blown – I didn’t believe that plants got sick.”

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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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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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