sealPurdue Agriculture Calendar

Weeks: 1/24/03 - 2/26/03
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

January 27-31: Purdue's annual Crop Management Workshops

The workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. local time on the following dates and locations across Indiana: Jan. 27, Rensselaer, Halleck Student Center Ballroom, St. Joseph's College, U.S. 231 South; Jan. 28, Bluffton, Community Center, Wells County 4-H Park; Jan. 29, Shelbyville, Occasions Banquet Hall, 415 E. Hendricks St.; Jan. 30, Montgomery, Gasthof Amish Village, County Road 650E, just north of U.S. 50; Jan. 31, Covington, Beef House Restaurant, junction of I-74 and state Route 63. Registration is $60 and includes lunch and workshop materials. Preregistration is encouraged since seating is limited. To register, contact Paul Horngren of Purdue's Conference Division, at (765) 494-7219, by fax at (765) 494-0567 or by e-mail at CONTACT: John Obermeyer, (765) 494-4563,

January 31-February 1: Farming Together workshop

The 23rd annual Farming Together Workshop invites farmers and their children or other future farming partners to a weekend of educational sessions and discussions on passing the agricultural torch. The workshop takes place on Purdue's West Lafayette, Ind., campus. Registration is $50 per family or business partnership group through Jan. 10, and $60 after that date. Enrollment is limited to about 50. Workshop speakers include Purdue specialists and a farm management consultant. A registration form and brochure are available online at Additional information also is available by contacting Alan Miller, workshop coordinator in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics, at (765) 494-4203 or by e-mail at CONTACT: Miller, (765) 494-4203;

February 8: Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry And Ag Forecast

Norman E. Borlaug, known as the father of the "Green Revolution," will be the guest speaker for the 2003 Ag Fish Fry, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. This annual meeting of Purdue's Agricultural Alumni Association will be at Cumberland Place, just north of the West Lafayette, Ind., campus. Tickets for the event are $15 with 1,500 tickets being sold. The tickets are sold on a first come basis with priority given to those who attended last year. General public ticket requests will be processed beginning Jan. 17. To purchase tickets, contact the Purdue Ag Alumni office at (765) 494-8593 or by e-mail at Prior to the Fish Fry, the annual Ag Forecast will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a discussion of rural economies by Mark Drabenstott, vice president and director of the Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation, "Recreating Rural America: The New Main Street Economy," will be in the ballroom of the adjacent University Inn and will conclude by 11 a.m. CONTACT: Donya Lester, executive secretary of the alumni association, (765) 494-8593.

February 15: Purdue lambing school

The Department of Animal Sciences and Purdue Extension are offering a workshop to beginning or veteran sheep producers.  It is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center, located at 5675 West 600 North in West Lafayette, Ind. The program will include topics such as nutrition, reproduction, health considerations, lambing barn obstetrics and necessary management practices. Instructors include a veterinarian; a shepherd; Mike Neary, Extension sheep specialist; and Wayne Singleton, Extension livestock specialist. The school costs $35 and includes breakfast, lunch and educational materials. Registration is due by Feb. 7. CONTACT: Mike Neary, (765) 494-4849;

February 21: protecting the family farm

Historic Landmarks Foundation in partnership with the Seymour Heritage Foundation and Clark's Valley Land Trust are presenting a workshop on the benefits of saving the family farm. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Third St., Seymour, Ind. Nationally known land-use planner, author and conservation lecturer Randall Arendt will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss land conservation strategies. U.S. Rep. Baron Hill will give a presentation on the Farmland Protection Program. Other topics to be discussed include tax and financial incentives for protecting family farmland and historic rehabilitation tax credits. Registration is $20 for members of Historic Landmarks Foundation or Seymour Heritage Foundation and $30 for non-members. Registration, due by Feb. 14, includes a one-year membership to the three sponsoring organizations. To register or for more information, contact Historic Landmarks Foundation's Southern Regional Office at (812) 284-4534 or CONTACT: Laura Renwick, field coordinator, (812) 284-4534,

February 24-26: heartland wine school

The Heartland Wine School will be Feb. 24-26 at the Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Ind., and is sponsored by the Heartland Grape and Wine Coalition, Indiana Wine Grape Council and Purdue Department of Food Science. Commercial winemakers will learn about bulk wine management, wine flaws, post-fermentation microbiology, the use of oak in wine, design of the wine package and show-and-tell wine tasting. In the show and tell, participants will share their wine with others and taste unusual varieties. The registration limit of 100 participants has been filled, but journalists interested in learning more about the commercial wine industry in Indiana may cover the event. Interested journalists should contact Sally Linton, marketing and public relations specialists in the Department of Food Sciences, at (765) 496-3842. For information on other upcoming events, visit CONTACT: Jill Blume, enology assistant, (765) 494-1749,

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

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