Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Projects & Grants

Creating a Pipeline for Agricultural Education Teachers in Indiana
Funding Indiana Education Roundtable

The goal of this project is to develop an innovative teacher recruitment and retention model to address the shortage of Indianan Agriculture teachers and increase the number of undeserved individual receiving an agricultural education degree from Purdue University and thus possessing the credential to teach agricultural science at the Indiana middle and High school level.

Agro-ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Biofuels Production via the Pryolysis-Biochar
Funding Purdue University

Adapting the iGEM model to engage students in agricultural science and bioenergy
Funding USDA/NIFA

Online Educational Resources to Enhance Horse Care and Management
Funding United States Equestrian Federation

Development of a series of learning lessons and webinars to educate USEF membership, and the general horse industry. These educational resources are targeted in areas of USEF grant funding, such as laminitis, rehoming of retired racehorses, business management and current disease and biosecurity issues.

Developing Targeted Tools to Optimize the Success of an Equine REscue FAcility: An online educational resource
Funding American Association of Equine Practitioners

The goal of this project is to develop an educational resource area for rescue operations. The resource area will be available on-line and thus national and international rescues can access the information. Information will be of vital importance to individuals or groups wanting to start a rescue. Resources will include AAEP's Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities (2012) and utilize the vast amount of information on My Horse University and eXtension's HorseQuest web-sites. This proposal addresses Goals B,C, D and of the AAEP Foundation. The curriculum proposed will increase access of members of the equine community and the veterinary profession to important information regarding one of the most vital issues currently facing the horse industry; the care and well-being of unwanted horses.  Horse rescues, both formal and informal, have increasing pressures put on them due to changing economic conditions and owner confusion regarding how to manage unwanted horses.  This has resulted in the opening of more rescues and increasing demands on existing rescue facilities. Funding of this proposal will result in a better understanding of the educational needs of the rescue industry, and facilitate development and delivery of curricular materials that will enable rescue facilities to more effectively care for, rehabilitate, and place the horses in their facility. This curriculum will serve as a resource that veterinarian's can use to educate their clients, and in their work with animal control professionals in their communities.

Engaging New Audiences through Science Communication
Funding Ag Alumni Trust Fund

Multimedia Kits for Science Communication
Funding Provost's Instructional Equipment Program - Purdue University

Indiana Military 4-H Club
Funding 4-H National Headquarters/USDA, Army CYS services, Airforce Airman and family services, and Navy CYP

Funding to support Military 4-H Club programming at Crane Naval Reserve Center

Operation: Military Kids
Funding USDA/ US Army

Funding for Operation: Military Kids programming

Cultural Engagement and Professional Development in Agricultural Communication: Service-Learning Program in Romania
Funding Purdue University International Programs

Quality Assurance Modules-IBAT
Funding Purdue Extension-IBAT program

The purpose of the proposed project is to develop online modules that are age appropriate, and teach Quality Assurance for all meat animal species (beef, sheep, goats, and swine). Team members Neary, Claeys and Reid have developed materials in beef and small ruminants for online delivery that will become a part of these modules. Team member Fox has indicated that he can assist in seamlessly connecting the Online Modules to the existing Extension Database system which will enable county educators to easily see the status of their youth regarding this training; and generate completion documentation to be presented at exhibition time.

Malawi graduate student
Funding USAID

Engaging Underrepresented Populations in the food and Agricultural Sciences through Urban Agriculture
Funding USDA-SPECA

Urban secondary students need an appropriate, relevant context to explore the content and career opportunities in the food and agricultural sciences. This project uses Urban Agriculture to provide a contextual, hands-on learning environment. Additionally it uses school[-based plots to demonstrate how students can produce a supply of fresh vegetables. The project will increase the number and diversity of students pursuing a 2- or 4-year post secondary degree in the food and agricultural science.

MESA Child sexual abuse prevention in migrant farm worker communities
Funding Ms. foundation for Women

MESA LGBTQ Outreach
Funding Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Uniting Local Stakeholders to Recognize At-Risk Horse and to Strategize to Prevent Unwanted Horses
Funding Morris Animal Foundation