Rushville Republican


April 11, 2014

Purdue Agriculture and Extension events


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.

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