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U.S. Department of Energy taps Purdue Extension to lead new Indiana collaborative for renewable energy

A developer approaches a local plan commission, seeking approval to locate a wind or solar farm in the community. But the community may not have an ordinance that regulates a commercial solar or commercial wind development. Or, because the...

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Purdue Weed Science Field Day to highlight newest research

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will host its Weed Science Field Day on Thursday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center. Researchers and graduate students will educate participants about the newest data in weed science research at the free event.

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Cruel, Cruel, Cruel Summer Unlikely

The Climate Prediction Center outlook is calling for a warmer, slightly wetter summer around Indiana, with the wetter signal in southern Indiana giving way to equal chances for above normal, normal, or below normal precipitation in northern Indiana.

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Purdue Extension Master Gardeners Help Indiana Gardeners Grow

Purdue Extension provided in-person and virtual basic training for gardening enthusiasts who desire to volunteer in consumer horticulture education projects. The training is at least 40 hours and covers required topics: plant science, soils and plant nutrition, plant disease diagnosis, weed ID and control, insect ID and control, invasive species, pesticide safety and alternatives, lawn care, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, vegetable and fruit gardening, and animal pest management.

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The Indiana Forage Council’s Hoosier Hay Contest begins Saturday, June 1. The annual event promotes forage production and informs hay producers on the nutritive value of their hay.
Hoosier Hay Contest creates a friendly and educational competition among producers

The Indiana Forage Council’s Hoosier Hay Contest begins Saturday, June 1, this year. The friendly competition encourages Indiana producers to cultivate higher quality hay during the 2024 season.

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Focus on Small-Scale Vegetable Farming: Field Demonstrations Build Capacity for Use of Cover Crops, Reduced Tillage

Over the last three growing seasons, Purdue Extension established demonstration plots of cover crops and reduced tillage in vegetables at Purdue’s Agricultural Centers (PACs). Extension collaborated with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to establish cover crop demonstrations specifically for small specialty crop farms at the Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC).

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Virtual Series Shares Practices for Safe Fertilizer and Manure Use

Purdue Extension provided a five-session virtual series, Manure Management and Utilization Technologies. Purdue Extension collaborated to deliver this series with university, industry and agency partners: University of Missouri, University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Bio Town Ag, Curtis Creek Dairy/ Prairie, A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, EcoEngineers, BioWorks Energy (BioWorks) LLC, CleanFuture, Inc., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, Canada.

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