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Livestock producers to address forage council meeting - As part of its annual meeting and seminar on Feb. 19, the Indiana Forage Council (IFC) has invited two forage-livestock producers to discuss their successful use of different forages in their beef cattle operations. ...
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Get a jump on spring planting at Indiana Small Farm Conference - As much of the Midwest shivered during a mid-January blast of arctic cold temperatures, organizers of the 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show were looking forward to the warm sun of spring. ...
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Purdue Ag Alumni Association honors six with Certificate of Distinction - Six noted graduates and contributors associated with the Purdue University College of Agriculture have been named as recipients of the Agricultural Alumni Association?s highest honor - the Certificate of Distinction. ...
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Purdue Extension offering energy efficiency workshops for farms and rural businesses - Farmers and other business owners in rural areas can learn critical steps to increased energy efficiency in workshops hosted by Purdue Extension. ...
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Study: Hormone keys plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both - Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening opportunities to develop plants that exhibit both characteristics. ...
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2018 Annual Farmers Market Forum to be held in February - Farmers market managers, vendors and those who want to start or grow farmers markets in their communities can learn new strategies, find out about available resources and take advantage of networking opportunities at the third annual Farmers Market Forum, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Indiana Farm Bureau, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis. ...
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Purdue?s Diversity Awareness Week highlights King?s lasting influence - A documentary about Palestine, talks about race and poverty, and a 'Family Feud'-style competition are among the highlights of the 7th annual Diversity Awareness Week hosted by Purdue University?s Diversity Action Team in Agriculture. ...
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Study uncovers distinctions in major crop genome evolutions - Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in very different manners. ...
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Weak future outlook drives producer sentiment lower - Agricultural producers indicated they have reduced optimism heading into 2018, according to the December reading of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. ...
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Study suggests new targets for improving soybean oil content - Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to impact the plant?s seeds, but a Purdue University study shows that genes affecting other plant parts deserve more attention. ...
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Purdue student team hopes cookie stacks up at national baking competition - A team of Purdue University food science students has developed a crispy, buttery, crunchy, chocolatey and gooey-in-the-middle cookie, and members hope it will delight the senses of judges in this year?s American Society of Baking (ASB) Product Development Competition. ...
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Spensa Technologies adds precision ag industry veterans to team - Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture technology company, announces that two industry veterans have joined the company?s sales and business development team. ...
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Learn farm ownership succession planning in Purdue Extension workshop - Farm families can learn how to ensure a successful ownership transition from one generation to the next in a workshop sponsored by the Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team. ...
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Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research - For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn?t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies? eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration. ...
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World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini to deliver keynote at 2018 Fish Fry - Since its inception in 1949, the annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry has featured keynote speeches from some of the country?s most prominent educators, business leaders, athletes and policymakers. In just the past few years, the list of speakers has included Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonalds (2014); W. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation (2015); college basketball coaching legends Gene Keady of Purdue and Bob Knight of Indiana (2016); and Olympic diving champion David Boudia (2017). ...
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State chemist office offers required training for dicamba applicators - The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) based at Purdue University is offering state-required training for commercial and private applicators working with the new dicamba herbicide products Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. These and other herbicide products containing at least 6.5 percent dicamba are now classified as restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) in Indiana. ...
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Purdue poultry vet Patricia Wakenell receives Hovde Award for exemplary service to rural Indiana - When a deadly avian flu outbreak threatened the nation?s poultry industry in 2015, Purdue University?s Patricia Wakenell was at the forefront of efforts to contain the spread of the disease. That critical initiative, along with many other accomplishments throughout her career, contributed to Wakenell being honored with the 2017 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana. ...
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Another warm winter? State climatologists say it depends on La Niņa - According to the latest seasonal outlook from the Indiana State Climate Office based at Purdue University, Hoosiers could be in for a repeat of last winter, when a weak La Niņa system fizzled early in the season and unusually mild conditions prevailed during the last half of January and February. ...
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Purdue Extension providing statewide training to help growers meet Produce Safety Rule requirements - During 2018, the Purdue Extension produce safety training team will provide training for growers, packers, processors and sellers of fresh produce. Training sessions will be held at seven locations throughout Indiana in 2018 to help companies and individuals meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. ...
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Ag barometer: Producer sentiment slips following harvest - Producers expressed lower sentiment toward the agricultural economy in November on the heels of fall harvest, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. ...
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Forest fungi boost invasive plants, choke out native species - Certain types of tree-associated fungi make a forest a welcoming environment for invasive plant species, crowding out natives, including high-value trees such as oaks. ...
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Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium set for Jan. 4 - Commercial vegetable farmers and market gardeners will be able to network and gain invalauble tips on how to improve their business during the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium. ...
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Indiana farmers urged to complete Census of Agriculture - Indiana farmers should be watching their mail boxes for more than just holiday cards this December. ...
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Networking opportunities, educational sessions highlight 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference agenda - Small-scale farming has become an increasingly important part of Indiana?s $11.2 billion agricultural industry. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, approximately 75 percent of Hoosier farms were less than 180 acres. Other studies show that nearly half the farms in the state are 50 acres or fewer. ...
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Statewide symposium to address opioid crisis in rural Indiana - A consortium of eight Indiana agricultural and public health organizations will host a statewide symposium focusing on the significant impact of the opioid crisis in rural and farming communities. ...
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Purdue Center for Plant Biology members receive seed grant funding for research - Seven teams of Purdue Center for Plant Biology (PCPB) faculty will receive seed grant funding for various projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology. ...
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Last-minute Christmas tree shopping could leave you without options - With live Christmas tree shortages being reported across the nation, there?s a chance your home may not look so festive if you wait too long to choose your tree. ...
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Purdue-affiliated apple gaining popularity for organic production in France - A French company has obtained worldwide exclusive rights to Juliet, a Purdue-affiliated apple gaining popularity for organic production. ...
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Three Purdue professors elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Three Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. ...
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Carbon?s economic damage costlier than thought based on current science - The data used to calculate the damage that an additional ton of carbon dioxide has on the global economy has long relied on outdated science. Recent updates modeled by the University of California, Davis and Purdue University raise the calculations of those costs significantly and change the outlook on climate change from a positive for agriculture to a negative. ...
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Bountiful harvests will likely keep holiday food prices manageable, Purdue ag economist says - Consumers planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year can expect to pay less for turkeys, compared to 2016. The prices of other holiday staples, such as dressing, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, should remain about the same or increase only slightly, according to an analysis by Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist. ...
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Purdue study clarifies, quantifies Indiana?s ?digital divide? - As Indiana legislators weigh options for increasing high-speed internet access in the state, a new report by the Purdue Center for Regional Development shows the economic benefits of expanded broadband service could outweigh the development costs and generate up to $10 million in growth for some counties over the next 15 years. ...
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Widespread chemical contaminants stunt growth of amphibians - A series of synthetic chemicals widely used in household products, food packaging and clothing have a significant effect on the development of frogs, even at low doses, according to a Purdue University study. ...
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Purdue poised to improve sorghum for millions with $5 million grant - Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers, thanks to a $5 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...
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Purdue Top Farmer Conference focused on strategies for 2018 - Purdue University?s Center for Commercial Agriculture will present the 50th Top Farmer Conference on Jan. 9 at the Beck Agricultural Center. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Jan. 8 at the same location. ...
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Purdue, Ag Retailers partner with Arizona State for 2018 management academy - Purdue University?s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the Agricultural Retailers Association are partnering with Arizona State University?s W.P. Carey School of Business to present the 2018 ARA Management Academy, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, on the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona. ...
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Without more prescribed burns, U.S. forest fires are 'going to get worse,' specialist predicts - With wildfires causing widespread destruction in California, Montana and other states, officials have been investing millions into containing and suppressing massive wildfires. Despite those efforts to contain the fires, nature eventually must run its course ? which contributed to record-breaking fires this year, according to a firefighter and wildfire consulting specialist. ...
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Purdue food science professor receives national teaching award - Purdue University professor of food science Suzanne Nielsen was honored as one of two recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences for 2017. Nielsen has been a professor at Purdue since 1983. She served as department head for 10 years, currently serves as a faculty fellow for the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships, and continues to teach her signature course, 'Food Analysis.' ...
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Akridge named Purdue provost, executive VP for academic affairs and diversity - Purdue President Mitch Daniels on Tuesday (Nov. 7) announced that Jay Akridge has been named the university?s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, effective immediately. Akridge has served in the position in an interim capacity since July 1. ...
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Ag Economy Barometer: Producers more optimistic in October - Producer sentiment toward the agricultural economy improved slightly in October, according to a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the United States. ...
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Purdue Extension educators honored with annual awards - The Indiana Extension Educators Association presented its annual award to county educators during Purdue Extension?s Professional Development Conference last week. ...
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Purdue Extension honors outstanding service to the state of Indiana - John Baugh, Purdue?s director of Agricultural Services and Regulations, and two Purdue Extension professionals were honored for outstanding service to the state as part of Extension?s annual Professional Development Conference. ...
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Strengthening Families program leads top awards from Purdue Extension - A program that helps Indiana families maintain positive and productive relationships has earned the Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialists Association?s top award. ...
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Students can gain job skills during Red Card firefighter training in December - The demand for firefighters capable of combating wildfires was brought into sharper focus this year. As fires raged across the western regions of the United States, including Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and, more recently, California, tens of thousands of firefighters were called upon to help battle the flames. ...
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Indiana Horticultural Congress offers lessons for vegetable farmers - Vegetable farmers will be able to learn new information and techniques during the 2018 Indiana Horticultural Congress Feb. 13-15, 2018, at the Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St., in Indianapolis. ...
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New app makes it easier for farmers to identify, manage corn ear rots, mycotoxins - A new mobile app developed by researchers from Purdue University and the University of Arkansas will make it easier for farmers to access information about corn ear rot and mycotoxins. ...
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Yang named Purdue director of digital phenomics - Yang Yang, a Dow AgroSciences research scientist specializing in plant sensing technology, has been named director of digital phenomics at Purdue University. ...
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Competition gives high school students insights into challenges facing agronomists - When farmers try to calculate the outcome of another growing season, they must add a host of unknowns into the equation - from weather conditions to pest infestations. As dozens of high school students recently discovered, agronomists play a critical role in lowering those risks. ...
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Purdue thiamin work featured as agriculture research success story - Purdue University is among 11 U.S. research institutions recently highlighted for their successful research programs funded by the USDA?s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The recognition was included in a report released by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation. ...
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Farmer Veteran Coalition meeting Nov. 11 in North Salem - Veterans, active military, and their families are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Indiana, Nov. 11 at Blue Yonder Organic Farm in North Salem. ...
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Tuinstra named fellow of American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America - Mitch Tuinstra, scientific director of Purdue University?s Institute for Plant Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). ...
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Farmers can cut energy bills, gain federal incentives through audit - Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers constantly evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm. ...
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Indiana Horticultural Congress set for Feb. 13-15 - Growers of fruits, vegetables, wine grapes or flowers can learn more about production practices, processing, marketing, agritourism, pest and disease control, farm management and food safety at the Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show, Feb. 13-15, at the Marriott East Hotel, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis. ...
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SW Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit set for Nov. 17 - Purdue Extension and Dubois Strong, a public-private partnership to promote economic growth in Dubois County, will host the 2017 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit on Nov. 17. ...
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Purdue?s Adesina, Lusk honored at World Food Prize Symposium - The Purdue University College of Agriculture was well represented at the 2017 World Food Prize Symposium, with alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina receiving the prestigious World Food Prize and Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, presented with the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. ...
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?Let?s go outside? is gaining popularity as a part of Indiana teachers? curriculum - When third-grader Anna McCloud learned the name of a bird flying near her school in Lafayette, Indiana, she was somewhat astounded. ...
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Conservation and development groups have much to learn from each other - Non-profit organizations and governments in countries around the world make direct payments to people in return for socially responsible behavior, but there is limited collaboration between those pushing primarily for improved living conditions and those pursuing environmental sustainability. ...
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Apple trees bear more fruit when surrounded by good neighbors - Apple growers want to get the most out of their high-value cultivars, and a Purdue University study shows they might want to focus on the types of apples they plant near those cash crops. ...
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Purdue leads climate change initiative to help Hoosiers better understand risks - Purdue University?s Climate Change Research Center is leading a new statewide initiative to compile the latest scientific research into a series of reports designed to provide Indiana decision makers with accessible, understandable and timely information about climate change impacts. ...
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Purdue student named Udall Foundation Scholar - The Udall Foundation has named Purdue University student Sabrina Myoda a 2017 Udall Scholar.  Myoda is among 50 U.S. students across the nation to receive the prestigious award. ...
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Explore sustainable farming funding opportunities in free SARE webinar - Are you trying to find a source of funds to use on your farm to compare the sustainability of one production or marketing practice to another? Would some additional funds facilitate your efforts to teach youth about sustainable practices? ...
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?Can we feed the world in 2050??: Purdue president to lead expert panel discussion on looming global food shortage - With the world population on pace to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, there is increasing concern about our ability to produce enough food to feed people around the globe. Food shortages already are impacting countries like South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Venezuela in unprecedented numbers and with severe consequences. Millions are on the brink of famine. ...
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Purdue professor receives $200,000 Pew grant for innovative biotechnology research - As part of a new grant program, the Pew Charitable Trusts recently awarded Barbara Golden, a Purdue University professor of biochemistry, a two-year grant to support her lab?s development of a programmable RNA enzyme to build new customized proteins. ...
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Spero Energy gains $100,000 competitive grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance biobased products - Spero Energy Inc. has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural market. ...
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Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop set for December - Have you recently started your own direct-to-consumer farming operation? To learn invaluable information about legal issues related to farming, attend the Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region scheduled Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds? Discovery Hall, Suite 201, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. ...
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Winners named in sheep shearing competition - Two competitors were named champions in the 2017 Indiana State Fair sheep shearing competition, sponsored in part by the Sheep and Wool Market Development Program (SWMDP) based at Purdue University. ...
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Producer optimism about the future wanes in September report - Producers? optimism about the future of the agricultural economy fell in September, according to the Index of Future Expectations, a sub-index of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. ...
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California animal welfare laws led to higher egg prices, lower production - Laws that changed animal confinement standards in California raised the price of eggs dramatically upon adoption and have kept prices higher than had the laws not been enacted, according to a Purdue University study. An analysis of the laws? effects on egg production and prices in California could inform other states considering similar legislation. ...
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Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions - Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank. ...
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Indiana Flower Growers Association Conference set for October - Horticulturists and greenhouse operators will have an opportunity to network with industry experts and Purdue Extension specialists during the 2017 Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Purdue Conference. ...
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New kinase detection method helps identify targets for developing cancer drugs - Purdue University researchers have developed a high-throughput method for matching kinases to the proteins they phosphorylate, speeding the ability to identify multiple potential cancer drug targets. ...
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Workshop helps answer the question, 'Who gets the family farm?' - One of the toughest challenges facing Hoosier farmers has nothing to do with unpredictable weather, price fluctuations and damaging infestations. It has to do with the question inevitably facing every owner of a family farm: 'Who should I designate to inherit the farm?' ...
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Program director awarded Indiana Social Worker of the Year - Purdue University alumnus Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, program director and creator of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue?s Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, has been awarded the Social Worker of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). ...
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Breakthrough soybean research by Purdue and Dow AgroSciences could save farmers millions - Through a collaborative project, Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences researchers have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to a devastating and costly fungal disease. ...
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Purdue online tool to help farmers make precision decisions, keep data private - An innovative online tool developed by a Purdue University engineering professor will allow farmers to process data collected from their fields without requiring them to share it with third-party companies. ...
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Beginning farmers invited to a farm viability workshop for Northwest Indiana - Beginning farmers who want to take their operation to the next level can receive profitable business tools and training during a farm viability workshop presented by a specialty crop farmer and farm business consultant. ...
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Get up to speed on cutting-edge genetics and genomics research at Purdue symposium - Some of the nation?s top scientists will share their lastest research insights during Purdue University?s inaugural Biochemical Horizons Symposium on Nov. 17. The event will give students, educators and the general public an opportunity to hear about new developments that are challenging paradigms in the areas of systems biology, genomics and genetic engineering. ...
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Understanding ground conditions before storms helps scientists predict heavy rains in monsoon regions - As heavy flooding events, including those in Houston, Texas, and Mumbai, India, continue, research teams from Purdue University and India have been working on improving the models that can help predict heavy rainfall from weather events. ...
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Producer sentiment down slightly as commodity prices weaken - Farmer sentiment dropped seven points in August as both grain and oilseed prices fell, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer ...
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