Rushville Republican

April 11, 2014

Purdue Agriculture and Extension events

Rushville Republican

---- — Here is a look at current and upcoming events for Purdue Agriculture and Extension.


The Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is offering a workshop for those interested in the hardwood industry and want to learn about lumber production, proper handling and use. “Hardwood Lumber: Producing, Using and Selling” will be a one-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations: April 9: Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4425 E. C.R. 350 N., Butlerville; April 16: Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois. Workshop topics include wood quality and characteristics, log scaling, hardwood lumber grading and pricing, sawing patterns and grade sawing, determining veneer quality logs, wood moisture and drying, stain and insects, selling and marketing wood products for small and traditional producers. There also will be a sawing demonstration. The Society of American Foresters has approved the workshop for professional continuing forestry education credits of 6.5 hours. Participants should bring their own lunch. Registration fee is $20. To register online and pay with a credit card, go to To pay by check, complete the registration form with check payable to Purdue University and mail to Purdue Extension - The Education Store, 700 Ahlers Drive, MMDC Building, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2012. Registration by phone at 888-398-4636 also is available. For more information, contact Cassens at 765-412-6844 or

CONTACT: Dan Cassens, 765-412-6844,


Purdue Extension workshops across Indiana have been teaching current and prospective fruit and vegetable farmers about practices that help keep food safe from seed to market. The final workshop in the series will be held April 10. Goal of “Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z” is to present current science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production of fruits and vegetables, as well as provide practical knowledge on planning and documenting food safety practices from planting through marketing. Attendance will satisfy the Indiana State Department of Health food safety training requirement for producers of fresh fruits and vegetables who sell to wholesale and institutional accounts. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wayne County Produce Auction, 8025 Carlos Road, Williamsburg. Contact is Jonathan Ferris,, 765-973-9281. Registration was requested at least one week before the program date and costs $30 per person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm.

CONTACT: Liz Maynard, 219-531-4200,


Purdue Extension is co-sponsoring a series of informational sessions about farmers markets, covering new health department regulations, increasing customer loyalty through creative marketing, and funding opportunities for vendors. The sessions are grouped into four parts and will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, in assembly halls A and B. Among the presenters are Purdue Extension specialist Jennifer Dennis, who has been a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Market Promotion Program, and experts from the Indiana State Department of Health. Remaining session dates and times: April 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; April 18, 9 a.m. to noon; and April 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A representative from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will talk about the Specialty Crop Block Grant and other funding resources during the last session. The series will be especially helpful to organizers of farmers markets and vendors, but it is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend the sessions, and refreshments will be provided in the morning. For more information, contact Jen Deiser at 765-494-1296,

CONTACT: Jen Deiser, 765-494-1296,


Young people interested in dairy will learn about showmanship, nutrition, how to network and related topics at Purdue Extension’s 10th annual Indiana Dairy Youth Conference on April 12. The conference will start at 10 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin. Anyone age 8 to 18 is welcome. Objectives of the conference will be to enhance knowledge about the dairy industry, including herd management and nutrition, and informing attendees about networking opportunities with other young people involved in dairy. Theme of this year’s conference is reality TV with a dairy twist, featuring sessions such as “American Bovine Idol” and “America’s Next Top Showman,” which will educate participants on how to fit and prepare their animals for show. “Rumen Runway” will highlight basic digestive anatomy and function so participants can learn about nutrition requirements for dairy cattle. Also highlighted will be activities of the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy. Registration, which was due April 3, was $15 per person. The fee covered admission, a T-shirt, meals and conference materials. More information can be found at Conference Brochure 14.pdf or by contacting Heckaman at 574-372-2340 or Registration should have been sent to 202 W. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

CONTACT: Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340,


Children and adults of all ages can learn about different kinds of science, art and other topics while having a good time on Purdue University’s campus again with this year’s Spring Fest the weekend of April 12-13. Spring Fest is an annual event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with booths and activities sponsored by nine colleges, two schools and several student organizations. Encompassing several locations on campus, Spring Fest is family-friendly with no admission cost and many free activities, along with some which have a charge. Returning this year will be popular activities such as the Bug Bowl, presented by the Department of Entomology, Boiler Barnyard, presented by the Department Animal Sciences and health demonstrations by the Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette (on the Purdue campus). Three organizations are new to Spring Fest this year: Purdue Honors College; Nano Days, an educational program that teaches children about nanoscale science; and Phi Lambda Upsilon fraternity. Programs listing specific activities will be available at the event. Parking maps, a schedule of some of the activities and other information are available on the Spring Fest website at or by contacting Danica Kirkpartick at or 765-494-9113.

CONTACT: Danica Kirkpatrick, 765-494-9113,


Indiana Milk Quality Professionals Inc. will present a conference April 15-16 to provide up-to-date information and educational support for dairy industry professionals involved in improving the quality of milk produced in Indiana. The Indiana Milk Quality Conference will be held at Don Hall’s Guesthouse, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. The annual conference will feature speakers covering topics including how to use mastitis culture results, pros and cons of on-farming milk culturing, monitoring technology on the farm, and economics of digesters on dairy farms. A producer panel on management practices to increase milk production on farms will include topics such as breeding management, genetics and robotic milking. To register, send the registration form and a $100 registration fee to Indiana Milk Quality Professionals Inc., Robin Fuhrman, secretary/treasurer, P.O. Box 10419 Fort Wayne, Ind., 46852. Advanced registration is required, but it can be paid at the door. There is no registration fee for industry and regulatory retirees, but they will need to register. Overnight accommodations may be made at the Don Hall’s Guesthouse, which has set aside a block of rooms for the organization under group number 4414. To reserve a room, call 800-348-1999. More information on the conference is available on the organization’s website at or by contacting Fuhrman at or 260-483-6436, ext. 3327.

CONTACT: Mike Schutz, 765-494-9478,


Hundreds of leaders in disaster preparedness and response will convene May 13-15 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., for the 22nd annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Anyone interested in disaster preparedness, response or recovery can attend. Abby Hostetler, a Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network communications specialist and host committee co-chair said the annual event provides educational opportunities and a chance for VOAD members to communicate so they can coordinate and collaborate when disasters strike. Organizations to be represented at the conference have brought in millions of dollars of resources to Indiana during disasters since the widespread, devastating floods of 2008, said Steven Cain, EDEN homeland security project director and also host committee co-chair. Conference registration is available at Early registration with discounted fee ends April 11. There is a higher registration fee after that date.

CONTACT: Abby Hostetler, 765-494-4390,