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Bountiful harvests will likely keep holiday food prices manageable, Purdue ag economist says

Consumers planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year can expect to pay less for turkeys, compared to 2016. The prices of other holiday staples, such as dressing, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, should remain about the same or increase only slightly, according to an analysis by Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist.


Purdue study clarifies, quantifies Indiana’s ‘digital divide’

As Indiana legislators weigh options for increasing high-speed internet access in the state, a new report by the Purdue Center for Regional Development shows the economic benefits of expanded broadband service could outweigh the development costs and generate up to $10 million in growth for some counties over the next 15 years.


Purdue Top Farmer Conference focused on strategies for 2018

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will present the 50th Top Farmer Conference on Jan. 9 at the Beck Agricultural Center. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Jan. 8 at the same location.


Purdue professor: Online retail sales will continue to grow, as do responsibilities of businesses in changing landscape

Holiday retail sales should increase 4 to 6 percent over last year, but not all retailers will see that type of boost in profits as online sales continue to grow.


Farmers can cut energy bills, gain federal incentives through audit

Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers constantly evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm.


F.E.A.R. factor can help keep pets safe this Halloween

Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and goodies are all part of Halloween. However, the spooky fun of Halloween can have a negative impact on your pet.


Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop set for December

Have you recently started your own direct-to-consumer farming operation? To learn invaluable information about legal issues related to farming, attend the Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region scheduled Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Discovery Hall, Suite 201, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis.


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