Rushville Republican


April 11, 2014

Purdue Agriculture and Extension events


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.

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