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Purdue Agriculture Events
Weeks: 2/08/03 - 2/28/03
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

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. 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 or until quota is filled. CONTACT: Mike Neary, (765) 494-4849;

February 21: protecting the family farm

The 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 the web site. CONTACT: Jill Blume, enology assistant, (765) 494-1749,

February 25-26: Ohio river valley farm marketing conference

Purdue Extension will offer presentations, workshops and discussions focused on agricultural marketing. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Lakeview in Clarksville, Ind., located along Interstate 65 at 505 Marriott Drive. Topics to be covered include assessing and evaluating new market opportunities, business planning and financing, market development and marketing for value-added agriculture. Anyone from Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky is invited to attend. Registration is $15 before Feb. 14 and $20 after. Registration includes three meals and all activities and presentations. Checks should be made payable to Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D and mailed with the registration form to Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D, Attn. Farm Marketing Conference, P.O. Box 407, Versailles, IN 47042. Call (812) 689-6456 for questions regarding registration. CONTACT: Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension educator, (812) 948-5470;

February 28: Botanicals center for age related Diseases symposium

The Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue will hold a symposium of the Botanicals Center for Age-Related Diseases and concurrent poster sessions of the Botanicals Center and Interdepartmental Nutrition Program. The symposium will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 214, and the poster sessions will be in Room 218. Participants can attend any session; however, a reservation is required to attend the lunch with speaker Jim Simon from Rutgers University. To make lunch reservations, contact the Department of Foods and Nutrition at (765) 494-8231 or (765) 494-1340 by Feb. 14. Simon's presentation is entitled "Tabloid Medicine: Miracle Drugs from the Supermarket." Lunch is sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Board. Other topics to be discussed include cardiovascular effects of flavenoids in grape products, cancer prevention and treatment, natural mechanisms of NaCl-sensitive hypertension, future Purdue research, and an accelerator mass spectrometry tour. CONTACT: Marleen Troyer, assistant to the department head, (765) 494-1340, or Connie Krueger, administrative assistant, (765) 494-6566,

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

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