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October 2018
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From the Dean

Karen Plaut
Making an Impact.  As we continue our series celebrating the 150th anniversary of Purdue University, our college focuses on building a sustainable economy and planet while fulfilling our land grant mission.The Morrill Act that established the Land Grant system of universities to teach agriculture, engineering and the “mechanic arts” was followed by the Smith Lever Act that established the Cooperative Extension system, with its mandate to inform the public of agricultural developments. We have a strong history of accomplishment and impact, but as we look forward over the next 150 years, we must plan for how to sustain an ecosystem that enables growth of new technologies and ideas to get beyond the University and for use by the public.  

In Indiana, we are fortunate to have a powerful Extension system that delivers science-based research information to citizens in the state. However, as we look to the future, it is clear that we need a mechanism to enable technological development and innovation for our research discoveries. In 2015, through the Plant Science Purdue Moves initiative, we established a fund called the Ag-celerator™ that, through a competitive process, provides up to $100,000 to help faculty and students develop start-up companies. In order to receive the funding, faculty or students must take the Purdue Foundry Firestarter course, develop business plans, and pitch their ideas to venture capitalists who select the winner(s) and help target the funding.  Because of these efforts, Purdue Ag technologies grew from 5% to 20% of the startup companies at Purdue.   

Last month, our college was involved in two activities to help frame the next stage in developing agriculture technologies. Dr. Suzanne Nielsen, Professor of Food Science and Faculty Fellow in the Office of Corporate & Global Partnerships and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President’s Fellow, formerly of the Catholic Relief Services, organized the Scale Up Conference to focus on effective approaches to scaling up agricultural technologies and innovations in the developing world. Purdue alumnus Dr. Akin Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and World Food Prize winner, delivered the keynote address, and we spent several days discussing how to scale up new technologies for developing countries. This event was instrumental in connecting people interested in making an impact in developing countries. A sourcebook/toolkit is being developed as a result of the conference, and we are following up with a scale-up event in conjunction with the World Food Prize events taking place this month in Des Moines, Iowa. The website for the conference is: https://ag.purdue.edu/scaleup/Pages/default.aspx  

Also last month, Purdue sponsored the Innovation Showcase at the Forbes AgTech summit in Indianapolis. This summit, held for the first time in the Midwest, focused on building an innovation ecosystem in agriculture. Approximately 500 people participated in the event including farmers, venture capitalists, CEOs of major companies, and state representatives. Of the 50 startup companies that participated in the Innovation Showcase, 20 were based on technologies from students and faculty from Purdue University. President Mitch Daniels was one of the featured speakers and during an interview with Hoosier Ag Today, he said, “Ag has always been a place of new innovation and where new technology mattered a lot. I think some of the best and most exciting science and entrepreneurial activity on our campus is taking place in the ag tech space.” 

Whether it is Extension delivering information, scaling technologies for developing countries or fostering entrepreneurship, our faculty and staff believe in making an impact - helping farmers and consumers gain from the advances in agriculture that impact food and agriculture and in turn impact the world.


All the best,
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Purdue Ag People
Jinho Jung Graduate Research Spotlight: Jinho Jung

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. The October spotlight is on Jinho Jung, Agricultural Economics.
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Career Fair College Career Fair Showcases Great Demand

The Purdue College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair, which provides students and employers a one-of-a-kind opportunity, hosted a record number of companies this year.
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Ag Alumni logo Nominations open for Ag Alumni Certification of Distinction

The Purdue Ag Alumni Association seeks nominations for the Certificate of Distinction Award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to agriculture, forestry or natural resources. Nominees are not required to be alumni of the College of Agriculture. Due by November 15.
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College of Agriculture students College of Agriculture hits milestone undergrad enrollment

The College of Agriculture welcomed 2,803 undergraduate students this fall, marking its largest undergraduate enrollment since 1980. Hoosier students make up 76 percent of those enrolled, and 60 percent are female students.
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Ag Alumni Trust Fund call for proposals

We are now accepting proposals for 2019 Ag Alumni Trust Fund spending.  If you have a project or opportunity that you would like to be considered, please send a one page description of the project/need, including the dollar amount, to Danica Kirkpatrick (danica@purdue.edu) by Monday, December 3.  Trust funds have supported such things as special equipment, study abroad opportunities, the DC internship program, and sending students to professional meetings. Projects that will have impact on many students appeal to the committee, as do experiential learning proposals.  Please contact Danica Kirkpatrick with questions.
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Don’t forget to track Civil Rights and Diversity Training

The College of Agriculture is committed to policies and practices that assure that race, ethnicity and gender are not barriers to success. All Purdue Agriculture faculty and staff members are required to receive training in civil rights (the regulations), diversity awareness or sexual harassment each year. Rather than mandate a specific training, we ask that you attend any training that fits your needs and interests and enhances your knowledge and understanding of diversity, civil rights or sexual harassment. Please use our Qualtrics survey tool to report training activities.
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Awards and Recognitions
Levon Esters and Neil KnoblochJason Ackerson and Hui Hui Wang
Levon Esters and Neil Knobloch, both of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, received the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP) 2018 National Experiment Station Section Diversity and Inclusion Award for their work with Mentoring @ Purdue (M@P).Jason Ackerson, Agronomy and Hui-Hui Wang, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, have been named 2018-2019 Scholarship of Engagement Fellows by the Purdue Office of Engagement.
Pam MowTorrie Cropps
Pam Mow, Botany and Plant Pathology, received the 2018 Community Spirit Award from Purdue APSAC/CSSAC for outstanding service to the community, society and humanity.Torrie Cropps, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, received the 2018-2019 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Southern Regional Education Board.
Business Relationship Management Team
The AgIT Business Relationship Management Team received several awards at the BRMI Connect conference in October: Mark Sullivan: Practitioner, Team, and Community of Interest; Crystal Domkowski: Team and Community of Interest; and Leanne McGiveron: Practitioner, Team, COI, Trailblazer, and Global Community Impact.
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Purdue Ag in the News
Gray whale Genetic study provides new information about endangered whales

Hope for an alarmingly low number of gray whales in the western Pacific Ocean might rest with their cousins to the east, according to a study of the animals’ genetic resources led by Andrew DeWoody, Forestry and Natural Resources.
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Haley Oliver Agriculture professor selected to present Justin Smith Morrill Lecture

Haley Oliver, Food Science, has been selected to deliver the 2018 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture at the 2018 National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture honors Justin Smith Morrill, for whom the Morrill Act — which created the land-grant university system — is named. The only previous Purdue recipient was former President Martin Jischke. 
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Akin Adesina Scale Up Conference attracts hundreds from around the world to Purdue

Hundreds of participants came from around the world to attend the first-ever Purdue Scale Up conference focused on expanding agricultural technologies to reach millions in developing countries.
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Ag Barometer September Ag Barometer drops to lowest level in two years as farm financial conditions worsen

Agricultural producer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since October 2016 as producers expressed concern over worsening farm financial conditions, according to the latest PurdueUniversity/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer reading.
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Coffee Leaf Rust Purdue fungus researcher might help save your morning brew

Cathie Aime, Botany and Plant Pathology, has received a grant from World Coffee Research, a nonprofit collaborative research and development program of the global coffee industry, to study the biology of coffee leaf rust, one of the most serious threats to Latin American coffee crops in the last 60 years.
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Dates and Deadlines
October 23: 7th Annual College of Agriculture Entrepreneurship Event

October 24-27: National FFA Convention, Indianapolis

November 1-2: Dean’s Advisory Council New Member Orientation and Fall Meeting

November 7: TEAM Award ceremony

November 15: Ag Alumni Association Certificate of Distinction nominations due

November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday


For more dates and deadlines, check the Purdue Agriculture calendar.
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University News
New Purdue master plan endorsed by Trustees

Purdue University Physical Facilities unveiled the new West Lafayette campus master plan on October 12 following the plan’s endorsement by the Purdue Board of Trustees. The Giant Leaps Master Plan builds on Purdue’s 150-year history and looks to the future to imagine how the campus’s physical space will set the stage for the next 50 years of giant leaps.
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Benefits enrollment will run for two weeks -- Oct. 22 through Nov. 2

Purdue’s annual benefits enrollment is coming up Oct. 22 to Nov. 2. During this time, employees will go online to make benefit selections for 2019.
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Boilerkey required for all Purdue website CAS authentication as of Oct. 30

On October 30, 2018, all faculty, staff and students will be required to use BoilerKey, Purdue’s version of two-factor authentication, to sign in to CAS-authenticated webpages, such as myPurdue, Blackboard, Kronos, Ariba and Concur. Faculty and staff who plan to enroll for benefits on or after Oct. 30 also will need BoilerKey to access the enrollment portal.
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Purdue employees invited to SuccessFactors Resource Fair on Nov. 1

The Transform Purdue initiative led by Business Process Reengineering is in the final phase designed to streamline, simplify, organize and automate Purdue business processes and related system. Business Process Reengineering will host a SuccessFactors Resource Fair for all Purdue employees on Nov. 1 in preparation for Purdue’s approaching upgrade to SAP SuccessFactors in January 2019.
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Boiler Up Against Hate and Bias logo Report Hate and Bias

Purdue University is a community where diversity is valued and incidents of hate and bias are not tolerated. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who feel that they have been the victim of a bias related incident (or who have witnessed a bias related incident) are encouraged to report it online at www.purdue.edu/report-hate or to contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 765-494-1250. Your report can remain anonymous if you wish. Remember, if it is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical or emergency services attention, please call the Purdue University Police Department at 911 or 765-494-8221.
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