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Purdue University researchers are releasing new findings about how Indiana counties regulate big livestock farms, in hopes of determining what rules work best to help farmers get along with their neighbors.

Paul Ebner’s team at Purdue has spent years mapping out the wide range of zoning rules counties use to regulate confined animal feeding operations – known as CFOs – and their bigger, more concentrated counterparts, called CAFOs.

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Second-generation West Lafayette farmer Kevin Underwood has three tractors he uses to farm 1,600 acres of land – one is several decades old, another he bought just a few years ago. But while his 30 year old tractor still works well, Underwood says the system taxing what that tractor produces does not.

“The bind we’re in at this point is we’ve got income level going down and taxes and input costs continuing to go up,” Underwood says.

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A new report suggests there may be more bacon on breakfast tables across the nation.

Purdue University Agricultural Economist Dr. Chris Hurt says pork production is higher than expected following a pig virus many feared would take a heavy toll on baby pigs.

However, Hurt says more pigs than expected survived this summer and inventory is higher than anticipated.

He says that means supply will be greater this winter and prices will be more moderate.

Purdue To Help Farmers In Africa Make Better Use Of Crops

May 23, 2014

A group of Purdue researchers will lead a $5-million dollar effort to fight hunger in Africa.

The five-year program is designed to improve processing and marketing practices in order to reduce food waste.

Food Science professor Suzanne Nielsen says the goal is to make better use of food that is already being produced but is currently being lost through poor storage or processing technologies.

Food Finders announces Blue Jean Ball

Mar 15, 2013

After partnering for years with other groups, Food Finders Food Bank is organizing its own fundraiser. However, Executive Director Katy Bunder says the inaugural Blue Jean Ball is about more than just bringing in donations.

She says in the 16 west central Indiana counties Food Finders serves, roughly one in six people is food insecure.

“And that means they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. It also means they don’t have access to healthy, nutritious food.”

Federal agriculture official visits Purdue

Jan 24, 2013

Millions of dollars in federal funding for Purdue is tied to the U.S. Farm Bill, including money from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) specifically for land grant universities.

Sonny Ramaswamy is the director of NIFA and a former associate dean in Purdue’s College of Agriculture. He realizes budget cuts are likely, but says he’ll make a strong case against severe reductions in that money as Congress writes a new Farm Bill this year.

Purdue Extension director leaving

Jul 23, 2012
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Dr. Chuck Hibberd is leaving to accept the Extension Service director job at the University of Nebraska. He begins the job October 1st and returns to the university where he received his bachelor’s degree and previously worked.

Hibberd began at Purdue in 2007 and oversees a $50 million annual budget; offices in each of Indiana’s 92 counties; and roughly 500 campus and county-based Extension faculty and staff members.

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The head of Purdue Extension is poised to leave his job. Chuck Hibberd is interviewing next week for the position of dean and director of extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The extension service there confirms he is the only finalist for the job.

Purdue College of Ag grads fare well in job market

Feb 15, 2012

Purdue College of Agriculture grads continue to have success finding jobs.

A recent survey indicates 86% of May 2011 graduates found employment.

That compares with 85% in 2010 and 83% in 2009.

The technical director of the Hanor Company, one of the nation’s leading pork producers, says young professionals should be patient and resilient when first entering the work force.

Dr. Dean Boyd says having a clear cut career vision as an undergrad is easier said than done.

He made the comments during a College of Ag forum on the Purdue campus.

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A new building on the Purdue campus is ready for students in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE).

The ADM Agricultural Innovation Center offers more lab and classroom space, as the department outgrows its current building. Archer Daniels Midland Company donated $1.5 million for the facility, which cost $4.2 million.

Agriculture Dean Jay Akridge says the gift from ADM for the Center shows the firm’s continued support of the college.