sealPurdue Agriculture Calendar

Weeks: 5/23/02- 6/13/02
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

May 23-24: Specialty Forest Product Production and Marketing

This program is a "train-the-trainer" workshop for Extension educators and natural resource professionals. This workshop will provide in-depth, detailed business and research-based production, processing and market information on a wide range of specialty forest products including food crops, decorative woody florals and medicinals. The program will be at the Lied Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Neb. Because of USDA-SARE financial support, 70 registered participants can attend this course free of charge (including food during the workshop and one night's lodging). To ensure the spread of this information, all attendees must agree to put on one workshop on specialty forest products in their geographic area by May 1, 2003, and to submit a report on this event. For more information or to register, contact the SARE Conference, The National Arbor Day Foundation, P.O. Box 81415, Lincoln, NE, 68501-1415. Phone: (402) 474-5655.

June 3-7: Wood Is Good Summer Course For School Teachers

The Wood is Good Summer Course is an intensive two-week program that covers a range of forestry topics. The first week consists of four Internet lectures introducing wood products, paper manufacturing, furniture design and furniture manufacturing. The second part of the course involves daily lectures and tours of woodworking plants and a furniture design testing center. Registration cost is $447.90, and an additional $30 fee will be charged for paying with Visa or Master Card. Attendees pay for their own meals. CONTACT: Rado Gazo, associate professor of forestry and natural resources, or Wood Research on line.

June 8 Vintage Indiana Wine And Food Festival

The third annual Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Activities will include wine tasting, live demonstrations, live music and an interactive area for children. Tickets are on sale at Marsh Supermarkets and at wineries taking part in the festival. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate the day of the festival. Adults tickets are $15 advance, $18 day of the festival (ages 21 and over); tickets for designated drivers are $8 advance and at the gate; and tickets for children ages 5 and older are $5. Everyone attending the festival must show identification at the gate. Additional food and wine are not included in the ticket fee. No pets, outside food or alcohol will be permitted. Proceeds will benefit the Indiana Wine Grape Council, which is under the direction of Purdue University. For more information call 800-832-WINE. CONTACT: Sally Linton, marketing director of Indiana Wine Grape Council, (765) 496-3842, fax (765) 494- 7953,

June 12-14: 4-H Science Workshops

The 4-H science workshops allow 4-H'ers to get a more in-depth look into specific areas of science. The workshops will last three days, with students spending the night at Harrison Hall on Purdue's West Lafayette, Ind., campus. Workshop topics include food and nutrition, computer science, engineering, plant science, aerospace science and ambassadors of science. Fees are different for each workshop. CONTACT: Clint Rusk, youth livestock specialist, (765) 494-8427,

June 12-14: Home And Family Conference

The 89th annual Home and Family Conference at Purdue will focus on many topics, including financial security, cut flower care, bone health and cooking for diabetics. Melanie Mills, founder of Higher Ground Inc., will deliver the keynote address. Activities include an Indiana Extension Homemakers Association cultural arts exhibit, comedic juggler David Kaplan, tours of the School of Veterinary Medicine, food science building and technology center, and visiting Greek homemaker Asimina Apostolatou will share her thoughts of her home country. The cost is $45 for the entire conference or $32 for one day. CONTACT: Betty Krejci (for conference details) (765) 494-7890; Barbara Meyer (for registration details) (765) 494-7221,

June 13: Purdue Forage Day

Purdue Forage Day will be at Milco Farms in Lewisville, Ind. There will be workshops, live equipment demonstrations and presentations covering the utilization and marketing of forages. Speakers from Ohio State and Purdue universities will cover the subjects of aeration effects, soil fertility, insects in forage crops and new technology innovations. There also will be a hay quality contest in which participants enter a bale of hay from their own field. Cored hay samples or forage samples not entered in the contest will be accepted, but a $10 assessment fee will be charged. Forage Day runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CONTACT: Keith Johnson, professor of agronomy and Purdue Cooperative Extension Service forage crop specialist, (765)-494-4800,

Compiled by Andrea Campbell (765) 494-8402,

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