sealPurdue Agriculture Calendar

Weeks: 12/20/02 - 1/23/03

For additional information, call (765) 494-8396


This workshop is for dairy farmers interested in processing the milk they produce into consumer goods. It will be at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds Community Building, located east of state Route 9 on County Road 75 N., near LaGrange, Ind. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Office of the Indiana Commissioner of Agriculture are sponsoring the event. Topics to be discussed include making cheese, butter and ice cream, bottling milk on the farm, how to start a processing line and the machinery involved. Speakers include dairy farmers who currently have operations on their farms and professionals, including Kirby Hayes, a Purdue food-processing specialist. Registration is $30 and can be made by contacting the Purdue Extension office in LaGrange County at (260) 499-6334. This fee includes lunch on both days. Event brochures are available by contacting a local Purdue Extension office. CONTACT: Kelly Easterday, Purdue Extension educator in Kosciusko County, (574) 372-2340,


The Indiana Sheep Association's Hoosier Sheep Industry Symposium will be at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., one block west of State Road 37 in Noblesville, Ind. Events include adult educational sessions, hands-on activities and educational activities for children. One adult session is "Beginning Sheep Production" by Mike Neary, Purdue sheep Extension specialist. Other sessions include marketing techniques, fiber marketing alternatives, health issues, lambing complications and a lamb cooking demonstration. The annual meeting of the Indiana Sheep Association will be at noon, and the awards banquet will follow the afternoon sessions. Full-day registration includes morning and afternoon sessions, annual meeting, lunch and awards banquet and costs $35 for adults, $25 for youth third grade and older, and $12.50 for youth second grade and younger. Session registration includes morning and afternoon sessions, lunch and annual meeting and costs $20 for adults, $10 for youth third grade and older, and $5 for youth second grade and younger. The cost to only attend the evening awards banquet is $15 for adults, $15 for youth third grade and older, and $7.50 for youth second grade and younger. Registration is due by Dec. 31, and the forms can be obtained by calling the number below. CONTACT: Kathy Berghoff, executive director of the Indiana Sheep Association, (260) 693-1966,


Educational sessions, speakers and recertification classes will be featured at this year's exposition. The expo will be at the Indiana Convention Center, located in downtown Indianapolis at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Maryland Street. Some workshop topics include Commercial Pesticide Recertification Program exam preparation, controlling diseases of both cool- and warm-season turfgrasses, managing lawns and golf courses, care for sports fields, equipment maintenance, pesticide usage, fertilizers, financial planning and animal damage on golf courses and lawns. Eighty vendors will showcase products and equipment at the trade show. The exposition is sponsored by the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) of Purdue and the Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The full delegate package registration cost is $240 for members of the MRTF or IPRA and $270 for nonmembers. Before Dec. 24, registration is $215 for members and $240 for nonmembers. Costs also vary for those wanting different packages. For registration information, call (765) 494-8039 or visit the web site. CONTACT: Beverly Bratton, secretary of Midwest Regional Turf Foundation at Purdue, (765) 494-8039,


This program will provide information on vegetable pest management in the greenhouse and field, variety selection, and insect management on ornamental plants in the greenhouse. The school will be at Teibel's Restaurant on the corner of U.S. 41 and U.S. 30 in Schererville, Ind. Rick Latin, Purdue professor of plant pathology, will discuss identification and management of seedling diseases. Rick Foster, Purdue professor of entomology, will give recommendations for managing insects in tomatoes. Weed populations will be addressed by Purdue professor of horticulture Steve Weller. Cheri Janssen, from Purdue Pesticide Programs, will provide an update on pesticide regulatory issues, and Kathryn Orvis, assistant professor of horticulture at Purdue, will discuss health benefits of vegetables. Other Purdue speakers include Chris Gunter, regional vegetable cropping systems specialist, on the use of colored plastic mulches; and Dan Egel, region pest management specialist, and Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs, on rules for using pesticides on vegetables in the greenhouse. Individuals who hold a valid Private Pesticide Applicator License from the state of Indiana may receive credit towards recertification by attending the morning session and paying an additional $10 fee at the door. The school is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services and the Northwest Commercial Horticulture Program at Purdue. A complete schedule is available on the web. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. central time, and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: Elizabeth Maynard, regional Extension specialist, (219) 785-5673,


This event serves as a forum to present corn and soybean information to farmers, as well as qualify them for one credit towards a private or commercial applicator's license. Corn Soybean Day is sponsored by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and will be at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center's Activities Building. The 4-H center is located at the intersection of Highway 41 N. and Boonville-New Harmony Road in Evansville, Ind. A variety of sessions will be presented, including "Pesticide Regulatory Update" by Jon Neufelder, Purdue Extension educator in Posey County; "Southwestern Corn Borer Update" by Rick Henley of Garst Seed Co.; "Corn Growth and Development Related to Herbicides" by Bob Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue; "Strategies for Control of acetolactate synthase (ALS) and Roundup Resistant Weeds" by Bill Johnson, Purdue weed specialist; and "Ag Outlook & Farm Bill" by Chris Hurt, Purdue agricultural economist. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CST, and the workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST. The registration cost is $10 for those receiving credit for the Private Applicator Recertification Program, and free for those not receiving credit. CONTACT: Gary Michel, Purdue Extension educator in Warrick County, (812) 897-6101,


This is a hands-on workshop offering an in-depth discussion and experience of issues related to horse well-being. The workshop will be at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine Farriery Building, located behind Lynn Hall on Purdue's campus. Sessions include "Normal Horse Behavior and Modification" by R. Dean Scoggins, associate professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois; "Body Condition and Health Indicators" by Mark Russell, professor of animal sciences at Purdue; "How Horses Deal with Stress from Us" by Ed Pajor, assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue; and "First Aid and Emergency Treatments" by Janice Sojka, associate professor of large animal medicine at Purdue. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The first session begins at 1 p.m., with the last session at 4:30 p.m. Event sponsors are Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana Horse Council. This workshop is limited to the first 25 registered participants. Registration costs $100. To obtain a registration form, call (765) 494-2402 or (800) 359-2968. For other questions, call (765) 494-0611. Participants in this workshop also are able to attend "Feeding the Senior Horse" from 7-8:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room 1136. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education at Purdue, (765) 494-0611.


The Indiana Horse Council and the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue will host a program for those interested in horses. Some issues to be discussed include West Nile Virus, feeding, heaves in performance horses, shock wave therapy, vitamin deficiencies, neurological diseases, bitting and mouth problems, eye injuries and diseases, broodmare issues, Rhodococcus, semen processing, and first aid for breeding and foaling injuries. There also will be a tour of the Equine Medicine Center, as well as a treadmill demonstration. This program will take place in Lynn Hall on Purdue's campus, with registration in Room 1136. Registration is $50 before Jan. 3 and $75 after. Student registration is $15. To obtain a registration form, call (765) 494-2402 or (800) 359-2968. For other questions, call (765) 494-0611. Participants of this workshop also are able to attend "Feeding the Senior Horse" from 7-8:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room 1136. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education at Purdue, (765) 494-0611.


This year's conference will be at the Hannibal Inn, Hannibal, Mo. The conference combines research information with talks by producers from the Midwest. Ed Volborn of Hidden Valley Ranch, Bidwell, Ohio, will open the conference with his speech "Saving the Family Farm through Year-round Grazing - the Bob Evans Story." Jim Gerrish, research agronomist at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center, will speak about "The Missouri Grazing Experience - Lessons Learned," and Ed Ballard of the University of Illinois will speak about "The Economics of Grazing." There also will be reports from other producers and an exhibit of grassland vendors at the conference motel. The motel's phone number is (573) 221-6610. Registration for both days is $40, $15 for Jan. 22 only and $25 for Jan. 23 only. Send registration checks before Jan. 13 to Melodie Marshall, USDA-NRCS, 1050 Highway 72 East, Suite 2, Rolla, MO 65301. After Jan. 13, call Marshall at (573) 364-6202 Ext. 3. CONTACT: Mark Kennedy, NRCS state grassland conservationist in Missouri and program coordinator, (417) 967-2028 Ext. 5,

Compiled by Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402,

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