Purdue Agriculture And Extension Events
Weeks: 3/10 - 4/14, 2014
MARCH 12: RESEARCH ON CONSUMER TRUST PRESENTED
Terry Fleck, the executive director of the Center for Food Integrity and Purdue alumnus, will present consumer research findings on public skepticism of the food system and steps the industry can take to rebuild consumers' trust at 4 p.m. March 12 in Pfendler Hall's Deans Auditorium on Purdue University's main campus. The event is open to the public. The focus of his presentation will be CFI's 2013 Consumer Trust in the Food System research survey, which provides a roadmap to seven steps for building the public's trust through transparency. Fleck's appearance is sponsored by Purdue Agriculture's Issues Engagement Initiative, which includes the new Issues 360 Fellows program that provides educational experiences for students to help them become more skilled in engaging in issues without advocating or positioning one side against another. The not-for-profit Center for Food Integrity, based in Gladstone, Mo., was established in 2007 to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system. Its members include farmers and ranchers, and representatives of universities, food processors, restaurants, retailers and food companies. Purdue is a member.
CONTACT: Marcos Fernandez, 765-494-8472, email@example.com
MARCH 13-APRIL 26: 4-H COLOR RUNS ACROSS INDIANA
4-H members across Indiana will participate in color runs in all of their green glory in March to support their programs and local food pantries. Color runs are races in which participants are sprinkled with biodegradable colored powder along the track, dying white clothing. The theme of the runs will be "Color Me Green" to match the color of the 4-H emblem. Runners will be sprinkled only with green dye. The runs will be untimed, with no winners or prizes. On the days of the races, participants can share their experience on social media by using the hashtag of #colormegreen. The color runs are a response to the national 4-H healthy-living initiative promoting physical and mental health. The remaining runs will be held in the following counties on these dates: Blackford, April 5; Dubois, March 22; Floyd, April 26; Gibson, March 22; Jackson, March 16; Johnson, March 13; Shelby, April 19; Wabash, March 29; Warren, March 17; Warrick, March 15. Additional dates will be posted on the event website as they become available. Some counties will require a registration fee of $5, and others will ask for donations of canned food. Information on the runs in specific counties can be found at https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/Pages/colormegreen.aspx.
CONTACT: Steve McKinley, 765-494-8435, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 13: STARTING A SPECIALTY FOOD BUSINESS WORKSHOP
A Purdue University workshop on March 13 will offer guidance on how to start a specialty food business. "An Introduction to Starting a Specialty Food Business" will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau office at 225 S. East St., Indianapolis. The workshop is for those interested in developing a specialty food or food ingredient business, homemakers and entrepreneurs looking to expand their knowledge on how to run their business, and small farmers interested in "vertically integrating" - uniting all parts of production under one ownership. Topics will consist of food safety, business planning, marketing, organic products, food regulations, product development, process development and packaging. Organizers aim to provide attendees with their next steps in starting a food business. Registration was due March 6. Lunch, refreshments and a three-ring binder of information will be provided.
CONTACT: Katherine Clayton, 765-494-3726, email@example.com
MARCH 13: INDIANA LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE GRAIN FORUM
Purdue Extension will co-sponsor the Indiana Livestock Forage and Grain Forum on March 13. This year's forum will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 W. Maryland St. The forum is organized by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and aims to bring together all facets of Indiana commodity production for a keynote address, trade show and breakout sessions. The keynote address will feature the topic of big data, presented by Kenneth Cukier, data editor at The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution that will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Other topics will consist of land leases, manure management, recent forage improvements, yield grades and farm policy. Indiana Dairy Producers will host their annual meeting during this event and Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney will speak about the vision for ISDA. Advance registration of $25 per person is required. The fee includes a pre-forum continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch. More information and online registration are available at http://www.indianasoybean.com/forum.
CONTACT: Danica Kirkpatrick, 765-494-9113, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 22: WOODLAND AND WILDLIFE WORKSHOP
Purdue Extension is co-sponsoring a regional workshop at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Ky., March 22 to help woodland owners in making decisions on how to best manage the variety of natural resources on their land. The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop will feature forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio who will offer their expertise to property owners. There will be sessions on such topics as controlling invasive plants and invasive insects, identifying trees, how wildlife use woodlands for habitat, learning about the most common amphibians in woodlands, nature photography and pond management, among others. Presenters are natural resources experts from Purdue, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and Ohio State University as well as the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Registration is $45 per person by March 14, after which it is $55. A registration form is available online at http://www.tristatewoods.org, or call 258-257-7597. Those needing overnight lodging can contact the General Butler State Park Resort lodge at 866-462-8853.
CONTACT: Brian MacGowan, 765-647-3538, email@example.com
MARCH 31-APRIL 3: AGRABILITY NATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP
Farmers and other professionals with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2014 AgrAbility National Training Workshop. The workshop will be held March 31 to April 3 at the Downtown Lexington Hilton, 396 W. Vine St., Lexington, Ky. Participants can attend preconference sessions, breakouts, tours and special events. Participants can also attend a banquet with a benefit auction for farmer and rancher scholarships. Josh Bleill, a Marine corporal and community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts, will give a keynote address. Bleill is a disabled war veteran who was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006 and lost both of his legs. He is author of a book, One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL. Session topics include beekeeping; aquaponics; agritourism; marketing products; assistive technology for agriculture; veterans in agriculture; women in agriculture care giving; and how to manage and cope with disability.
Hotel rooms are available at a conference rate of $95 per night. Online hotel reservations must be made by March 7. Participants can get detailed conference information at http://workshop.agrability.org/2014/and register with the online registration form at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability. Early-bird registration ends March 7, and final deadline is March 28. There will be no on-site registration.
For more information, contact Kylie Hendress at 765-494-6679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT: Kylie Hendress, 765-494-6679, email@example.com
MAY 13-15: CONFERENCE FOR DISASTER VOLUNTEERS
Hundreds of leaders in disaster preparedness and response will convene May 13-15 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., for the 22nd annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Anyone interested in disaster preparedness, response or recovery can attend. Abby Hostetler, a Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network communications specialist and host committee co-chair said the annual event provides educational opportunities and a chance for VOAD members to communicate so they can coordinate and collaborate when disasters strike. Organizations to be represented at the conference have brought in millions of dollars of resources to Indiana during disasters since the widespread, devastating floods of 2008, said Steven Cain, EDEN homeland security project director and also host committee co-chair. Conference registration is available at http://nvoad.org/events/. Early registration with discounted fee ends April 11. There is a higher registration fee after that date.
CONTACT: Abby Hostetler, 765-494-4390, firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 2-16: HARDWOOD LUMBER WORKSHOP
The Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is offering a workshop for those interested in the hardwood industry and want to learn about lumber production, proper handling and use. "Hardwood Lumber: Producing, Using and Selling" will be a one-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations: April 2: Purdue University, John S. Wright Conference Center, 1007 N. 725 W., West Lafayette; April 5: City of Elkhart: Elkhart Environmental Center, 1717 E. Lusher Ave., Elkhart; April 9: Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC), 4425 E. C.R. 350 N., Butlerville; April 16: Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC), 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois. Workshop topics include wood quality and characteristics, log scaling, hardwood lumber grading and pricing, sawing patterns and grade sawing, determining veneer quality logs, wood moisture and drying, stain and insects, selling and marketing wood products for small and traditional producers. There will also be a sawing demonstration. The Society of American Foresters has approved the workshop for professional continuing forestry education credits of 6.5 hours. Participants should bring their own lunch. Registration fee is $20. To register online and pay with a credit card, go to https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/wk_sessions.asp?itemID=21371. To pay by check, complete the registration form with check payable to Purdue University and mail to Purdue Extension - The Education Store, 700 Ahlers Drive, MMDC Building, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2012. Registration by phone at 888-398-4636 also is available. For more information, contact Cassens at 765-412-6844 or email@example.com.
CONTACT: Dan Cassens, 765-412-6844, firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, email@example.com