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Food safety expertise benefits melon grower, consumers

Mike Horrall is proud that his Melon Acres farm in Oaktown, Ind., has a long history of providing safe produce to customers. Horrall, whose farm produces cantaloupes, watermelons, and other crops on about 3,000 acres, credits Purdue Extension with helping him and other producers maintain safe agricultural practices.

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Market research study helped entrepreneur hook a loan for fish farm

Phillip Shambach of Romney, Ind., needed some special help to realize his dream of starting a fish farm. He got it from Purdue Extension.

A market research study conducted by a Purdue aquaculture specialist helped Shambach determine that there was a market demand for the business he wanted to create, and it gave him insight into the types of fish that customers wanted.

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Program helps children learn while they play

Research has shown that children can learn a variety of skills — math, science, language, reading, and problem solving — by playing with blocks.

“Kids are actually doing what engineers do,” says Jim Elicker, associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue.

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