Weeks: 12/2/13 - 2/1/14
For additional information, call (765) 494-2722
DEC. 3, 10: SHEEP AND GOAT EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS
Purdue Extension in cooperation with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will offer two goat and sheep webinars in December to help producers with feeding practices, forage management and animal health.
The webinars will run 7-9 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 3 and 10 at select Purdue and University of Kentucky Extension county offices. Expert presenters will discuss animal health, including selecting goats and sheep for resistance to internal parasites. They also will focus on plant and hay species best suited for the small ruminants since they rely on forage-heavy diets. Topics and speakers: Dec. 3: "What kind of hay for goats and sheep?" by Terry Hutchens, retired University of Kentucky goat specialist; Dec. 3: "Best pasture plant species for goats and sheep" by Greg Brann, grazing lands and soil health specialist with the Tennessee Natural Resources Conservation Service; Dec. 10: "Keeping sheep and goats healthy" by Patty Scharko, Clemson University veterinarian; Dec. 10: "Selecting sheep and goats for resistance to internal parasites" by David Notter, professor emeritus of animal sciences at Virginia Tech. Purdue Extension county offices signed up to host the webinars are Dearborn, DuBois, Fulton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Huntington, Jefferson, La Porte, Lawrence, Miami, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Perry, Vermillion, Warrick, Washington and Whitley. University of Kentucky county offices hosting the webinars are Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Franklin, Grant, Johnson, Lewis, Lyon, Ohio and Scott. More information is available on the following websites: Purdue Extension Sheep page: http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/SH/; Purdue Extension Meat Goat page: http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/caprine/index.asp; Purdue Extension Fulton County website: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/fulton/Pages/ContactUs.aspx.
Questions can be directed to Neary at 765-494-4849, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ken Andries, Kentucky State University Extension goat specialist at 502-597-5094, email@example.com; or Mark Kepler, Purdue Extension educator in Fulton County at 574-223-3397, firstname.lastname@example.org. Site-specific questions can be directed to any of the host offices.
CONTACT: Mike Neary, 765-494-4849, email@example.com
DEC. 5: FARMLAND LEASES SEMINAR
A free Purdue Extension seminar will focus on farmland lease types, legalities and trends Dec. 5 in Hendricks County. "Farmland Leases: Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts" is aimed at helping landowners, farmers, bankers and farm managers determine what is fair in lease agreements. It will be at the conference center at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville. Presenters will be Tamara Ogle, Purdue Extension ANR educator in Cass County; Paul Marcellino, Purdue Extension ANR educator in Howard County; and attorney Miriam Robeson. Ogle and Marcellino also are members of the Purdue Extension Land Lease Team. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will follow the program and is sponsored by the Hendricks County Farm Bureau Inc. Attendees should register by Dec. 3 to the Hendricks County Extension office at 317-745-9260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/landuse/landuse2/team.html.
CONTACT: Jon Cain, 317-745-9260, email@example.com
DEC. 12 – JAN. 13: REGIONAL BEEF MEETINGS
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Purdue Extension will host 10 meetings around the state in December and January to give cattle producers the latest industry information. The annual meetings will feature updates on the manure application rule, farm legislation and the use of farm plates when traveling out of state. The IBCA will discuss how dues and beef checkoff dollars are used to help producers remain profitable and sustainable. The Indiana Board of Animal Health also will provide an update for producers. Meeting dates, times and locations: Area 1: Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, Butlerville. Register by Dec. 9 to Kris Medic at 812-379-1665. Counties in this area are Bartholomew, Brown, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland; Area 2: Jan. 11, 11 a.m., Southern Hills Church, Salem. Register by Jan. 4 to Danielle Walker at 812-883-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Lawrence, Orange, Scott and Washington; Area 3: Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., Haubstadt Park Restaurant, Haubstadt. Register by Jan. 3 to the Purdue Extension Gibson County office at 812-385-3491. Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick; Area 5: Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Clay County Fairgrounds, Brazil. Register by Jan. 9 to Jenna Smith at 812-448-9041 or email@example.com. Counties: Clay, Greene, Monroe, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillon and Vigo; Area 6: Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Morgan County Administration Building, Martinsville. Register by Dec. 6 to Chris Parker at 765-342-1010. Counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby; Area 7: Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m., Smith's Family Farm, Pendleton. Register by Jan. 4 to Jill Dorff at 765-641-9514 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne; Area 8: Jan. 7, 6 p.m., Cass County Fairgrounds. Register by Jan. 3 to the Purdue Extension Cass County office at 574-753-7750 or email@example.com. Counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash; Area 9: Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., McGraw's Steakhouse, West Lafayette. Register by Dec. 11 to Jeff Phillips, 765-474-0793 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren and White; Area 10: Dec. 12, 6 p.m. (CST), Christos' Banquet Center, Plymouth. Register by Dec. 7 to Kelly Heckaman at 574-372-2340 or email@example.com. Counties: Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph and Starke; Area 11: Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., Eagles Nest, Columbia City. Register by Jan. 3 to Ed Farris at 260-358-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley. IBCA elections will be held at meetings in areas 2, 8, 6 and 11. More information is available by contacting the IBCA at 317-293-2333 or http://www.indianabeef.org.
CONTACT: Ron Lemenager, 765-494-4817, email@example.com
DEC. 13: WINTER IRRIGATION WORKSHOP
Crop producers and agribusiness professionals can learn more about irrigation systems during a Dec. 13 winter irrigation workshop hosted by the Michiana Irrigation Association and co-sponsored by Purdue Extension and Michigan State Extension. The workshop will be in conjunction with the association's annual meeting. It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center, 240 U.S. 20, Middlebury. Topics to be covered: southwest Michigan water use models and reports; irrigation investment on high water-holding capacity soils and the local economy financial impact from irrigation; net return, cash rent and land value prospects for irrigation land; and water use reporting/conflict resolution in Michigan and Indiana. The association's annual meeting will follow lunch and will include an election of new board members. There also will be a live-line presentation sponsored by Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer to demonstrate electrical safety. The workshop costs $30, which includes lunch and association dues. If registering after Dec. 6 or at the door, the cost is $40. Checks should be made payable to the Michiana Irrigation Association. Register by calling Deanna Murphy at 269-998-1177. Registration forms and more information about the workshop are available on Michigan State Extension's St. Joseph County website at http://www.msue.msu.edu/portal/default.cfm?pageset_id=28706&page_id=361029
CONTACT: Lyndon Kelley, 269-467-5511, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEC. 17-18: INDIANA CERTIFIED CROP ADVISER CONFERENCE
Improving crop stress tolerance, enhancing water quality, maximizing yield and decreasing the risks associated with shifting weed, disease and weather constraints to crop production are the themes of this year's Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference on Dec. 17-18 in Indianapolis. The annual two-day conference is designed to allow Certified Crop Advisers, or CCAs, the opportunity to earn up to 16 continuing education credits. Sessions will be presented by experts from companies and eight universities, including Purdue. A list of presentation topics and speakers is available on the Indiana CCA website at http://www.indianacca.org/. While the conference is geared mainly toward CCAs and crop consultants, farmers, agribusiness professionals and graduate students also are welcome to attend. The conference will be at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St. The hotel is offering a special rate of $90 per night to participants who reserve their rooms by Dec. 3. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 800-228-9290 or 317-352-1231 and mentioning the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Group to receive the conference rate. Registration includes educational sessions, access to presentation PDF files, lunches, refreshments and a Tuesday evening reception. For CCAs, the price is $195 for both days or $100 for one day. For other attendees, the conference is $300 for both days or $150 for one day. Participants can register online at http://www.indianacca.org/register/5/1/ until Dec. 10. Questions about the conference should be directed to the Indiana CCA office, 217-762-7955 or to Lisa Green in the Department of Agronomy, 765-494-4783
CONTACT: Tony Vyn, 765-496-3757, email@example.com
FEB. 1: PURDUE AGRICULTURAL ALUMNI ASSOCATION FISH FRY
Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonald's Corp., a Purdue University alumnus and Board of Trustees member, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Thompson will speak about the path he took from being a Purdue engineering graduate to his current position in leading the world's largest food service company, which employs 1.8 million people worldwide. He also will share a view into "the McDonald's you may not know," focusing on how the company maintains the quality of the food it serves to 69 million customers in 119 countries daily. The Fish Fry will be at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1 for $25 each and tables of 10 for $250. Bus transportation will be available from West Lafayette, and advance parking permits for the fairgrounds are also for sale. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 765-494-8593 or by downloading the order form at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni.
CONTACT: Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391, firstname.lastname@example.org