College of Agriculture

 

Generations of farmers, agronomists, lawmakers and other alumni of Purdue’s College of Agriculture met for their annual Fish Fry, amid a lot of political and economic uncertainty for the farm industry.

That fact wasn’t lost on the hundreds of Purdue agriculture alumni who flocked to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday.

Most of them rely on farm exports to Mexico, China and other countries where President Donald Trump has pledged to reform trade deals. And Indiana Agriculture Secretary Ted McKinney says it’s on people’s minds.

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Purdue University cut the ribbon Monday on a $15 million plant research center that's the first of its kind in North America.

Researchers at the new Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center will study the growing habits of cash crops at the school's 1,400-acre research farm.

Purdue Funds Nine Diversity Initiatives Created By Faculty

Dec 2, 2015
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Nine faculty projects aimed at recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority students will be funded through Purdue’s $1 million Diversity Transformation Award program. 

At least two of the initiatives are focused on attracting students from underrepresented groups to enroll in graduate studies.

Assistant Dean for Agricultural Research and Graduate Education Shawn Donkin is spearheading a plan to build relationships between Purdue and four historically black colleges and universities.

IN Sheep and Wool checkoff program

Nov 11, 2013
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The sale of wool or sheep in Indiana will have a special assessment tacked on to it beginning next month.

Members of the industry approved the checkoff program this summer after a petition initiated the process last year. The 0.5% assessment for each transaction is expected to raise $30,000-$40,000 annually.

Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue (ARP), administered the check-off process. ARP is within the College of Agriculture.

He says funds may be used for promotion, consumer and producer education, and research.

Wind Farm Project at Purdue Hits Wall

Apr 2, 2012

The wind farm set to go up on Purdue’s campus is stalled.

The company, Performance Services, is halting the project while it looks for new sources of revenue.

Mitchell Martin is an assistant dean in Purdue’s College of Agriculture.

He says the timeline is unknown, but the project has not and will not affect the work the university is doing on the site.

The project was expected to cost around $200-million.

The plan is to put up about 60 wind turbines, 17 of which would be located on Purdue’s research land.