Jan. 17, 2013

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In this issue:
  Website illustrates how Purdue Extension helps Indiana
  Ag Forecast topic:  Striking a balance in animal production
  College of Ag's Diversity Awareness Week Events Set
  NIFA Director Ramaswamy to visit Purdue Agriculture

Paul Flynt

Daviess County farmer Paul Flint turned to Purdue Extension for help during the 2012 drought. He hosted a regional meeting in August that attracted many livestock producers.
(Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

Website shows how Purdue Extension helps Indiana

Purdue Extension has launched an updated website that features personal accounts of those who have been served by Extension and how the programs improved their lives and businesses, and strengthened their families and communities.

In addition to testimonials from individuals, the site includes summaries of Purdue Extension programs searchable by county.  Called Making a Difference, the site is at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/extension/makingadifference.

Ag Forecast topic:  Striking a balance in animal production

Candace Croney
   Candace Croney

Nicole Olynk Widmar
Nicole Olynk Widmar

The need to maintain the public's support of animal production practices while at the same time provide enough food for the world will be examined by agricultural experts at Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Balancing Act: Meeting the Growing Demands for Food, Enhanced Animal Well-being and Consumer Trust" will be the topic of discussion Feb. 2 during the annual Ag Forecast, which precedes the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association's annual Fish Fry at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The Ag Forecast will be in the Grand Hall starting at 9:30 a.m. EST. It is free and open to the public.

"Far too often, discussions about animal well-being are political, and they can erode quickly," said Candace Croney, a Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences who will lead the panel's discussion. "If we're not objective in our discussions, then we polarize ourselves by pulling people farther apart. We want to help clarify what the conversation should be so that all sides are not just competing for sound bites on the newscasts."

Jeremy Marchant-Forde

Steve Inskeep
Steve Inskeep

Other panelists are Nicole Olynk Widmar, assistant professor of agricultural economics, also at Purdue, and Jeremy Marchant-Forde, research animal scientist in the Purdue-based Livestock Behavior Research Unit of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

The Fish Fry will follow the Ag Forecast at 11:30 a.m. EST in the nearby Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion, with featured speaker Steve Inskeep, National Public Radio "Morning Edition" host. He is a native of Carmel, Ind.

Inskeep will speak on the theme of "Every Second Counts," in which he will tell of his experiences in broadcast production as a metaphor for larger lessons in life.

Information on Fish Fry tickets, parking permits and on-site child care is available at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni or by calling the agricultural alumni office at 765-494-8593. Tickets are $25 each.

College of Ag's Diversity Awareness Week events set

The College of Agriculture has scheduled a series of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week Jan. 22-25.

“These events not only celebrate the great contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but demonstrate our college’s commitment to building an inclusive environment,” said Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture. The events are sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

“We invite all of our faculty and staff to participate in these activities to educate and raise diversity awareness,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture.

Events include an interactive engagement seminar Tuesday, Jan. 22, with diversity trainer Diondaro Pizaña. (Registration is required at http://coadiversityweek.eventbrite.com.) Two events are scheduled: one for faculty and staff and one for students.

Natasha Bowen, writer, activist and founder of Brown.Girl.Farming, will be guest speaker Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The film “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will be featured Thursday, Jan. 24, followed by discussion.

Diversity Week will conclude with an interactive message board Friday, Jan. 25.

See the Diversity Week flier for complete information at: https://ag.purdue.edu/omp/Documents/DATA%20MLK%20WEEK%202013%20BROCHURE(3).pdf.

NIFA Director Ramaswamy to visit Purdue Agriculture

Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and former associate dean and director of agricultural research programs at Purdue, will visit the campus Jan. 24-25.

On Jan. 24, faculty, staff and students can attend a seminar by Ramaswamy titled "Setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded Earth" at 2 p.m. EST in Pfendler Hall’s Deans Auditorium. A discussion and listening session and a reception will follow.


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