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Heavy snowfall before and during the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association's annual Fish Fry on the Indiana State Fairgrounds didn't keep many people away.
Hundreds of alumni and other friends of Purdue Agriculture attended the 2011 Fish Fry on Feb. 5, to renew acquaintances, honor Certificate of Distinction recipients and hear speakers who included former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, university President France Córdova, and Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture.
Purdue's work in improving the health, environment and welfare of people and animals was the topic of the Ag Forecast, which preceded the Fish Fry. Discussion showcased the latest research by Department of Animal Sciences faculty supporting animal agriculture in Indiana. Panelists were Paul Ebner, an assistant professor who specializes in microbiology; Donald Lay, an adjunct professor who focuses on animal behavior and well-being; and Scott Radcliffe, an associate professor who studies swine nutrition. Karen Plaut, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and director of agricultural research programs, moderated the program.
A recurring message from the Ag Forecast panelists and Glickman was agriculture's challenge to increase food production efficiently and safely for a rapidly growing global population: By 2050, it will need to double plant and animal production on less farmland to feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people, from nearly 7 billion now.
Incoming department head Alan G. Mathew attended and met with guests. Mathew, who comes to Purdue from a similar position at the University of Tennessee, starts March 1.