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Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation - 2014 will be in Bartholomew County. Testing by appointment only! To schedule your bulls for evaluation, contact the Purdue Extension Bartholomew County office at (812) 379-1665.

Indiana's 840 RFID Tag Program

The tags are yellow button-style, full-duplex, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, featuring a 15-digit identification number. Each begins with the U.S. designation code of "840".

Tags used in this voluntary pilot program are intended for use only in intact breeding cattle, preferably those of younger age. 840s are not available for use in feedlot cattle or breeding stock that are being shipped out-of-state. The program's goal is to test the longevity, reliability and usability of tags that remain in Indiana over time.

840 RFID tags offer the latest technology in conventional identification. In addition to visual labeling of an animal, RFIDs allow for wireless scanning of tags that can be downloaded to a computer or a hand-held device.

BOAH is launching this pilot program and encouraging the adoption of 840s because these tags:

  • meet Michigan importation requirements;
  • are Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL)-compliant;
  • assist producers with accurate, electronic record keeping;
  • can easily integrate with current commercially available production software; and
  • are free, while pilot program supplies last.


Agriculture Facts and Information

  • Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom
  • Pennsylvania Ag in the Classroom
  • National Agriculture Day
  • http://www.farmtoschool.org/IN/
  • http://www.myamericanfarm.org/ 

    Incubators in the Classroom

    Incubators in the Classroom is geared toward Johnson County youth. An incubator and fertilized chicken eggs are placed in the classroom two days prior to hatching, allowing the children to experience one miracle of agriculture. The live chicks remain in the classroom for two more days after hatching.

    The week-long program is designed to be integrated into the regular school curriculum. Past participating teachers have utilized the Incubators in the Classroom to talk about nutrition, animal development, agriculture, etc. with their students.  The Agriculture/Natural Resources Extension Educator, is available to come talk with the children about chickens, embryo development, and production agriculture.

    The Incubators in the Classroom program is made possible through the Purdue Extension Office/Johnson County in Franklin, the Johnson County Farm Bureau, Inc., and Mickey LaTour, Purdue Poultry Specialist and program innovator.

    Possible Topics to Cover Using the Incubators in the Classroom Program:

    • Mathematics
    • Language Arts/English
    • Social Studies
    • Character Education
    • Death and Grieving
    • Science

    Teacher's Responsibilities:

    While using this incubation project, there are endless opportunities you could choose to explore. You could do countless things inside your classroom to help your students fully understand what is happening before their eyes. In order for this miracle of life to occur, there are things that must happen every day.

    The teacher:

    • Makes arrangements with a parent volunteer or someone else to pick up the fertilized eggs from Purdue's Poultry Farm near West Lafayette.
    • Maintains incubation conditions (i.e. temperature and humidity) within the incubator.
    • Returns the incubator to the Extension Office, cleaned and in good condition.
    • Notifies the Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the delivery in order to ensure the eggs' fertilization and incubator availability unless other arrangements have been made.
    • Finds a good home for the chicks after they are hatched. It is recommended that the students not take one home.

    If you are interested in including the Incubators in the Classroom program in your curriculum, please contact Sarah Speedy at the Johnson County Extension Office by phone at 317/ 736-3724 or email sspeedy@purdue.edu. Once you have expressed interest, Sarah will contact you to finalize program dates and incubator delivery times.

    Thank you for your interest in the Incubators in the Classroom program. We look forward to working with you and your students throughout the school year.

     Teacher Resource Links

    Incubation and Embryology

  • Purdue University AvianNet Website
  • Utah State University Extension: Inside the Egg, Hatching Chickens
  • University of Illinois Extension Incubation & Embryology Resource Website Includes lesson plans, activities, and worksheets 


    Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Animal Agriculture:

    Animal Sciences Extension Website - The Extension homepage for the Department of Animals Sciences.  Provides additional links to information of general interest across species including the Animal Sciences Extension calendar, contact information for campus specialists, youth activities, and the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center.

    Purdue CAFO Website – Purdue website to address environmental, public health, social, and economic issues surrounding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and their impacts.

    Purdue Food Animal Education Network Website – Purdue website to inform the general public about issues pertaining to modern animal agriculture.

    Purdue Organic and Alternative Livestock Production Systems WebsitePurdue website to address issues related to organic and alternative livestock production systems.

    Feeding Biofuel co-products to Livestock – Purdue website featuring Extension publications related to feeding of distiller’s grains to livestock.

    Purdue Animal Manure Solutions – Purdue website featuring Extension publications, regulations, and national curriculum about the management of animal manure on livestock and poultry farms.

    Computer Programs from Purdue Animal Sciences – Purdue website providing access to nutrition and manure management computer programs.  Programs include the Manure Management Planner, a Windows-based computer program to create manure management plans for crop and animal feeding operations.

    Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine – Purdue gateway to information, faculty, and resources in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Indiana Board of Animal Health – Indiana state agency providing leadership on animal health, animal product food safety and inspection, care of animals in disasters, animal care, and emerging animal and zoonotic diseases.

    Species Information - Links and other resources for livestock, horse, poultry, swine, small ruminants and aquaculture production.

    Farm Safety Information

    The Agrability Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. This site provides a wealth of information to assist farmers and ranchers with disabilities.