Crop production report, MyPlate exhibit featured Aug. 10

August 6, 2012  

Purdue Extension will offer the news media both a hard-news story connected to the drought and a feature story about how to maintain a healthy diet Friday, Aug. 10, at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis:

* CROP PRODUCTION REPORT: 9:30 a.m., 2nd floor, Normandy Barn.

Agricultural experts will analyze the U.S. Department of Agriculture's crop production report, the first yield and production forecasts for the 2012 U.S. and Indiana corn and soybean crops, for what it means to farmers, consumers and the economy. While the first projections of the season are always highly anticipated, that will be the case even more so this year because of the effects of widespread drought on crops. 

Panelists are Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension soybean specialist; Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist; Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture; Greg Matli, Indiana deputy director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service; and Bob Nielson, Purdue Extension corn specialist. Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture, will moderate discussion.

A mult box will be provided.

* MYPLATE EXHIBIT: 10 a.m. to noon, DuPont Food Pavilion.

Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Nutrition Science in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences, will be available for interviews in which she will explain the significance of Purdue Extension's exhibit "To MyPlate and Beyond." Weaver's calcium and nutrition research is used to set recommendations for calcium for populations worldwide.  Her research was used to help set the USDA dietary guidelines that are the science behind MyPlate. The MyPlate interactive exhibit illustrates the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. The exhibit features tips and ideas on how to build a healthy plate of food.

Contacts: Keith Robinson (crop production report), 765-494-2722,

Angie Abbott (MyPlate), 765-496-2488,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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