Nov. 21, 2012
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LED grow lights on tomatoes

Eye on the College

What may look like a weird confluence of Christmas greenery and Fourth of July fireworks is actually a time-exposure photograph of a Purdue research project. Cary Mitchell, professor of horticulture, is studying the effects of light-emitting diode (LED) lights on the production of vegetable crops such as these tomatoes. This photograph was taken using a combination of a long exposure (one second), a flash and a zoom lens. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

The essence of Purdue Agriculture – by the numbers 

If you want to talk numbers, you’re speaking Jay Akridge’s language.

Jay Akridge
       Jay Akridge

The Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture has put his agricultural economist background to use in summarizing the success of the College of Agriculture’s programs and students, the breadth and scope of the college’s reach, and the positive impact the college is having on not only Indiana but also the world.

“We have had many groups visiting campus over the past few weeks, including the Dean's Advisory Council, congressional agriculture staff, PCARET members and the Indiana Farm Bureau, just to name a few,” Akridge said. “I have been on the road with many other groups, including the National FFA, Ag Futures of America, U.S. Meat Export Federation and the 4-H Congress. People always want to know what is happening in the college, and many are interested in hearing the numbers, or metrics, that capture just a bit of what our college is about.”

So here are a few numbers Akridge would like to share with our readers:

1 U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Purdue’s agricultural and biological engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.

2 World Food Prize laureates from Purdue Agriculture: Philip E. Nelson, BS ’56, PhD ’67, and Gebisa Ejeta, MS ’76, PhD ’78.

3 Ranking that Design Intelligence magazine gave our landscape architecture program.

4-H It has 72,000 members, 17,000 volunteers and 130,000 youth involved statewide.

8 strategic initiatives focusing on the work of Purdue Extension in Indiana.

21 faculty positions we are currently working to fill in the College of Agriculture.

28 Percentage of our 2012 Purdue Agriculture graduating seniors who had studied abroad.

48 new undergraduate scholarship endowments in the last fiscal year – worth a total of $2,754,492 and generating $137,724 in scholarships annually.

68 commercial wineries in Indiana, up from nine in 1989 when the Indiana Wine Grape Council was created, supported by the Purdue Wine Grape Team.

100 years since the founding of Agricultural Education and the Department of Entomology at Purdue.

124 companies represented at our fall career fair.

150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, laying the foundation for land-grant universities such as Purdue with a tripartite mission of learning, discovery and engagement.

275 Extension educators serving the state of Indiana through 92 Purdue Extension county offices.

350 research projects conducted in 2012 with 40 different crops at our eight Purdue Agricultural Centers strategically located throughout the state.

631 Purdue Agriculture graduate students enrolled in the College of Agriculture this fall semester. Fifty-nine percent are domestic students, and 41 percent are from outside of the United States.

2,658 Purdue Agriculture undergraduates on campus during the fall 2012 semester – 78 percent are Indiana residents, 21 percent are from out of state, and 6 percent are international students.

1.82 million Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage bags distributed in West Africa since the launch of the PICS project.

$23,565,158 college-sponsored program awards (371 funded proposals) in the first four months of this fiscal year (through October 2012).

33,986,698 Purdue Agriculture Web page views so far in 2012. Forty percent of the visitors to our Web pages are new visitors. They come from 199 countries, states and sovereignties, and speak 139 languages. Most visitors to our Web pages stay for about five minutes.

9 billion Forecast of the Earth's population in 2050 and the number of individuals for whom Purdue Agriculture is working to provide food, feed, fuel and fiber.

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