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A recent measure of agricultural sentiment showed farmers increasingly worried about their economic futures. 

The Ag Economy Barometer saw the largest single-month drop since it was created in 2016. Barometer principal investigator Jim Mintert says farmers are worried about low commodity prices and continuing tariffs. 

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has tapped Purdue University to join its efforts in reducing foodborne illnesses and hunger in five developing countries.

The World Health Organization estimates that about 1 in 10 people become ill from consuming contaminated food every year.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated numbers Monday showing farmers planted more acres this spring than many private analysts expected. That’s one of several factors driving market prices lower for many farmers’ crops.

Heavy rains delayed planting for many farmers in Indiana. Now, corn production is forecast to be down 17 percent from last year. Soybean production is also expected to be down 22 percent.

How To Have Solar Power And Eat, Too

Aug 12, 2019
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Purdue researchers are investigating the viability of solar power production on farmland, hoping their work in so-called “aglectric” engineering will balance food and energy production.

Chemical engineering professor Rakesh Agrawal says merging the footprint of the two helps mitigate issues presented by a shortage of available empty land.


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Rolls-Royce announced a new partnership with Purdue University at the Cybertech Midwest conference in Indianapolis Wednesday. They're partnering to develop better training techniques to improve cybersecurity. 

During a speech at the Cybertech Midwest conference, Rolls-Royce defense programs president Phil Burkholder announced the new partnership with Purdue. He says to truly protect against cyber threats, businesses and governments need to train employees to be the first line of defense.

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Graduation rates at public colleges in Indiana continue to climb, according to a new report from the Commission for Higher Education.

This year’s annual College Completion report shows more than 40 percent of students who enroll in a public college or university graduate on time. That’s a 2 percent increase compared to last year’s report

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A court says Purdue University may have discriminated against a male student who was accused of sexual assault.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta visited Purdue University Tuesday to announce the school’s Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a $12 million grant to ramp up its cybersecurity apprenticeship program.

During his visit, Acosta talked with students, faculty and cybersecurity business leaders on how the grant might meet the growing industry’s needs. Experts project the cybersecurity field will post between 1.5 million to 3.5 million job openings from now to 2021.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Tickets for a speech by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz vanished so fast Purdue University has opened up overflow seating for the event.

Kranz is scheduled to speak at Purdue's Stewart Center on July 18, two days before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing where Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.

The free tickets to Kranz's presentation disappeared in less than a day, prompting Purdue officials to arrange overflow seating for those who couldn't get a ticket.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is planning several events commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing commanded by school alumnus Neil Armstrong.

The university says events begin July 18 with a presentation on the landing by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz, followed by a July 20 screening of "Armstrong," a new documentary film featuring home videos shot by Armstrong and unseen footage from NASA.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University will freeze tuition for Indiana residents on its West Lafayette main campus for the seventh and eighth consecutive years, through the 2020-21 academic year.

The Purdue trustees on Friday approved the tuition and fee schedule for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years and the university's operating budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

Base undergraduate tuition and fees for Indiana residents on the main campus will remain under $10,000 per year. With the exception of flight program fees, all general fees also will remain flat.

City Environments Attract and Strengthen Rainfall

May 22, 2019

A recent Purdue University study says rainfall in populated areas is strengthened by the heat generated by the people below.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Cells from Tyler Trent, the Purdue University super fan and cancer activist who died in January, are being used by cancer researchers to study the disease.

Director of National Intelligence – and former Indiana Senator – Dan Coats says the nation’s intelligence apparatus isn’t harmed by a lack of information, but by a lack of ways to process it efficiently.

That was Coats’ message Tuesday during a speech at a Purdue University symposium on using artificial intelligence for military purposes.

Swedish manufacturing company Saab announced plans Wednesday to invest $37 million in a new facility in West Lafayette.