Purdue Agriculture InFocus

September 2023

From the Dean 

I hope you saw the news earlier today that our Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program has once again earned the prestigious No. 1 ranking in its category in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report rankings. ABE's graduate program took the top spot in its category earlier this year. Both are a testament to the dedication of the department's faculty and staff in driving global impact through research and nurturing our students' potential.

That isn’t the only exciting thing happening within the college lately. Our official Fall 2023 College of Agriculture enrollment numbers are in and we have 2,889 undergraduate students, one of our largest enrollments on record. Check out a few other highlights below, including a visit from Purdue President Chiang and the release of a brand-new, student-developed ice cream flavor.

As the semester unfolds, I’m looking forward to sharing more inspiring news and accomplishments from our college with you.

Thank you for your contributions to the College of Agriculture. Your collective efforts are shaping the future of agriculture and making a positive impact on our world.


ABE Undergraduate Program Ranked #1

ABE Rankings 2

Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program is ranked No. 1 in its category in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate program rankings, released Monday (Sept. 18). The ranking marks the 13th consecutive year the program has earned a spot in the top two.
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Phenotyping Greenhouse Groundbreaking

Group at Groundbreaking Event

On Friday, September 15, the College of Agriculture celebrated the groundbreaking of a new greenhouse made possible through the investment by the Purdue Board of Trustees as part of the Purdue Next Moves strategic initiatives. From left, Mitch Tuinstra, professor of agronomy and scientific director of the Institute for Plant Sciences; Bill Stumph, CFO of Ag Alumni Seed; Bernie Engel, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture; and Mung Chiang, president of Purdue University.
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Making Purdue's New Ice Cream

Ice Cream YouTube Thumbnail

When Purdue University President and ice cream enthusiast Mung Chiang requested a new Purdue ice cream flavor, students in Purdue's Food Entrepreneurship Manufacturing Institute (FEMI) jumped at the chance.
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Another Record Year for Research Grants

Cottrell Lab

Creating better vaccines. Averting animal pandemics. Helping farmers make smarter, more climate-friendly decisions. These are just some of the projects funded by the Purdue College of Agriculture’s recent bumper crop of grants – a record $106 million this past fiscal year, toppling the $85 million raised the previous year.
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Awards and Recognitions

Tom Hertel Spirit of the Land Grant Award

Thomas Hertel, Agricultural Economics, is the recipient of the 2023 Corinne Alexander Spirt of the Land-Grant Mission Award. The award presentation and seminar is on November 1 at Noon in Krannert Room 758 with a reception at 1:00 p.m.