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Purdue Extension participates in childhood obesity study

Dec 18, 2012

Developing ways to combat childhood obesity is the goal of a study involving Purdue Extension.

"Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity," helps community health coalitions to identify things that could be contributing to the problem, such as lack of easily accessible playgrounds or grocery stores.

The project involves two counties each from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Raw Milk FAQs from Purdue Extension

Dec 5, 2012

Purdue Extension is out with a new publication on raw milk. Raw Milk FAQs is free to download and is meant to be a resource for Indiana lawmakers who might consider legislation banning or regulating the sale, and those interested in drinking milk that is not pasteurized.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health also recently released its report, which was ordered by the General Assembly. You can find it HERE.

Purdue Extension aims to connect farmers and consumers with a new marketing partnership, and one extension educator envisions it spreading around the state.

The proposed Central Indiana Food Hub would, in its first stage, provide a virtual marketplace where consumers can connect with farmers to find the products they want and easily order them.

Purdue Extension educator Roy Ballard says the food hub goes a step beyond local co-ops and farmers markets, but is not intended to replace them.

Drought disaster task force headed by Purdue expert

Aug 30, 2012

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is crafting a plan to deal with this year’s drought.

The new task force is working on short-term and long-term response actions for helping farmers, ranchers and communities get back on their feet.

Steve Cain with Purdue’s Extension Disaster Education Network is heading up the effort. He says one immediate response is getting feed hay to livestock producers who need it.

MyPlate at the Indiana State Fair

Aug 15, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Indiana State Fair visitors can get a full serving of advice on how to plan healthy meals thanks to a new Purdue Extension exhibit.

The new exhibit "To MyPlate and Beyond" illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture's tool that emphasizes the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

The interactive exhibit in the DuPont Food Pavilion is one of a variety of Extension exhibits and activities during the Aug. 3-19 fair on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Purdue expert expects crop report to be grim

Aug 9, 2012

The latest crop production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is due out tomorrow.

Purdue Agricultural Economist Chris Hurt predicts it will show a significant decrease in the amount of corn and soybean grown nationwide.

He says the numbers are likely to be worse for Indiana, which has been hit hard by the drought and heat wave.

Hurt says farmers won’t be the only ones affected.

He thinks prices at the supermarket will rise by as much as seven-percent over the next year.

Purdue Extension director leaving

Jul 23, 2012
Purdue University College of Agriculture

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.

New rules affect IN livestock, poultry producers

Jul 9, 2012
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

While Indiana livestock and poultry producers are concerned with the hot weather, many might have winter on their minds.

Rules that just took effect prohibit most large-scale operators from spreading animal manure on frozen or snow-covered fields.

Tamilee Nennich is a nutrient management specialist with Purdue Extension. She says producers should be prepared to store manure longer.

Purdue University College of Agriculture

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 students helping Indiana tornado victims

Mar 12, 2012

Residents of tornado ravaged areas of southern Indiana will be getting help from some Purdue students this week.

A group of more than 100 international students is spending Spring Break in Marysville and Henryville, two of the hardest hit communities.

They will primarily be picking up debris and sorting donated items.

Steve Cain is a Disaster Communication specialist with Purdue Extension.

He says more than 2,500 people put in nearly 20,000 volunteer hours in the area over the weekend.

Cain says the total value of those efforts is roughly $376,000.