March 10, 2011

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Purdue Ag shows, listens at roundtable

By Keith Robinson

Purdue Ag roundtable

                                                                                  Photo by Tom Campbell

Bill Johnson, professor of botany and plant pathology, discusses crop disease and weed management in a greenhouse with Production Agriculture Roundtable participants as Chuck Hibberd (background left), associate dean and director of Purdue Extension, and co-presenter Kiersten Wise, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology, look on. Participants are, from left, Scott Tucker, representing the Indiana Poultry Association; state Agriculture Secretary Joseph M. Kelsay; Michael Platt of Indiana Pork; and Joe Moore of Indiana Beef.















The College of Agriculture hosted more than 30 representatives of industry groups March 8 to learn how Purdue can best meet the needs of production agriculture in Indiana.

The Production Agriculture Roundtable included demonstrations of Purdue research relevant to production agriculture and provided a forum for exchanges of ideas on how Purdue can most effectively support production agriculture and its industry groups through education, research and Extension.

Leading the daylong program were Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture; Chuck Hibberd, associate dean and director of Purdue Extension; and Karen Plaut, associate dean and director of Agricultural Research Programs.

Akridge said the agenda had three core objectives for Purdue – “discuss and demonstrate, meet and listen”: discuss and demonstrate some of Purdue’s work in production agriculture, meet the people involved in production agriculture across Indiana, and listen in small-group discussions to the needs of production agriculture and how Purdue can help meet them.

“We had a very productive day. Our faculty did a great job of showcasing some of their research and Extension programs of importance to Indiana agriculture,” Akridge said. “And we had a vibrant discussion with our stakeholders about how we can better serve the state’s agricultural industry. They gave us some great ideas to consider, and we look forward to exploring these ideas further over the coming months.”

Among participants were Indiana Agriculture Director Joseph M. Kelsay and Deputy Director Tony Hahn.

Industry groups represented were Indiana Beef Cattle Association/Indiana Beef Council, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Pork, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana State Poultry Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

Several members of the news media serving agriculture attended to report on the day’s activities

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