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Joseph Balagtas, associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, has been selected to serve as a senior economist, with a focus on agricultural and food policy, to the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in Washington, D.C.
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Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, has appointed Katy Martin Rainey as the new director of the Purdue University Soybean Center. Rainey, an associate professor of agronomy, specializes in soybean genetics and plant breeding.
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Research and education drive the U.S. economy and its agricultural sector. The ability to turn discoveries and innovations into practical applications has been the hallmark of extension and public outreach in every state and U.S. territory.
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Purdue University’s College of Agriculture has launched its new digital agriculture website.
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Hydroponic agriculture is growing nationally at a rate of 3% to 4% per year. Current producers or those considering the use of hydroponics technology can get information on production and the latest technology at the fourth annual Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop.
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In cooperation with other universities and industry partners, Purdue Extension is co-chairing the North American Manure Expo on July 31-Aug. 1 in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The expo, held in Indiana for the first time, will include educational sessions, tours and industry seminars.
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Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC) and the Midwest Hemp Council are co-hosting a hemp field day on Friday (July 19) at Meigs Purdue Ag Center, 9101 S. 100 E., in Lafayette, Indiana. Marguerite Bolt, Purdue Extension’s first hemp production specialist, Bob Waltz, Indiana state chemist and seed commissioner, Janna Beckerman, Extension plant pathologist, and Fred Whitford of the Purdue Pesticide Programs, will lead sessions for prospective hemp growers, educators and anyone interested in learning more about hemp production and research. The half-day program will repeat with the first session starting at 8:15 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. There is a $30 fee for attendees.
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Purdue University sales experts David Downey and Scott Downey will lead the “Precision Selling: Building Relationships with Large Farmers” professional development program on July 31-Aug. 1 in West Lafayette.
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Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management and markets targeted for organic, transitional and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals and landowners. The series begins with Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) on July 24-25 in Crawfordsville, Ind. Field days will continue the series on July 31, Aug. 2 and Sept. 5 in Wawaka, Wheatfield and New Paris, respectfully.
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The premiere of “Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth,” showcasing the landscape and sound ecology work of Bryan Pijanowski, a Purdue University professor of forestry and natural resources, will be featured at a red carpet event at 6 p.m. July 17 at the Indiana State Museum’s Dean and Barbara White Auditorium as part of Purdue’s 150th Giant Leaps celebration.

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