WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension released its 2020 Annual Impact Report sharing the many ways Extension has served Hoosiers as an educational partner over the past year.
During a challenging year, Purdue Extension has found innovative ways to reach Hoosiers at all stages of life. Extension trains the leaders of tomorrow through the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program. From hosting its first Indiana World Changers 4-H Hackathon for Teens, to partnering with the US Soccer Foundation on a research-based program that integrates football with nutrition and youth development, Indiana 4-H has hosted successful in-person and virtual events to keep young people engaged and safe.
Extension builds on these skills with a wide range of workforce development trainings for Indiana residents, preparing people for their first job or next opportunity. In partnership with the Heartland Career Center in Wabash, Indiana, for example, Extension has developed a two-year Precision Ag Program that prepares students to enter the workforce or college with an understanding of digital agriculture. .
Extension is also helping agricultural producers in Indiana discover ways in which digital agriculture can make their operations more efficient, productive and sustainable. Throughout the year, Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics hosted webinars, podcasts and online information to cover hot topics related to commercial agriculture, the ranching industry and packaging, supply chains, etc.
Likewise, educators and extension specialists shared how to grow food and strengthen local communities through urban gardens and farmers’ markets. From training volunteer master gardeners online to offering the new “Tips for Beginner Gardeners” video series, Extension reached an audience that suddenly had more time available.
Purdue Extension plays a key role in the mental and physical health of its communities, offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses and community education on opioid prevention. Extension helps people identify and capitalize on their greatest strengths while increasing digital access across Indiana. With the help of the Purdue Extension Community Development Team, Perry County has developed an award-winning campaign to highlight its benefits as a place to visit, live or work. Fayette County is tackling community health through the development of public spaces and Purdue partnerships facilitated by Health and Human Sciences Extension.
“Purdue Extension provides practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods, and we will continue our work to improve the lives of residents of Indiana. Purdue Extension is your educational partner for life, ”said Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension and senior associate dean of Purdue College of Agriculture.
Read the full report on the impact of the 2020 Purdue Extension here.
Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, [email protected]
Source: Jason Henderson, 765-494-8489, [email protected]
Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415;
Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]