ABE Extension & Engagement

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department has more than 90 years of experience in engagement with the people of the Indiana, national, and global communities. Through our Extension programs, we provide the link between Land Grant research and citizens who can use the information to improve their lives and livelihoods. We help crop and livestock production to be carried out more efficiently, promote the safety and health of people working in agriculture, and provide tools that enable Hoosiers to restore and protect natural resources, improve energy efficiency, and provide renewable energy.

Agricultural Safety and Health

The Agricultural Safety and Health Program assists rural residents in making their homes, work places and communities the safest and healthiest possible places to live and work. Programs include agricultural injury prevention, emergency preparedness, homeland security, and rehabilitation services to farmers impacted by disability. 

 

Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Program builds capacity for the successful adoption of renewable energy technologies, and develops practices for improving energy efficiency of existing systems on farm. Efforts focus on commercial production of biofuels, wind power generation among rural communities, and on-farm energy and fertilizer production by anaerobic digestion systems. Information on solar energy, on-farm energy efficiency, and the utilization of co-products from corn ethanol production is also available.

 

Water and Water Quality

The Water Quality Program provides education and tools for improving watershed management, reducing nutrient and pesticide losses to surface and ground water, and protecting drinking water. The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy trains watershed coordinators and others through a combined distance and face-to-face education program to bring about effective local watershed management programs. The Safe Water for the Future program helps communities and families protect their drinking water, and provides information to the 1.5 million people in Indiana that rely on private water systems. Agricultural drainage management promotes more sustainable solutions for the 50 million acres of cropland in the Midwest that require tile drainage to be productive.  

 

Agricultural Air Quality

The National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS) is a major applied research project involving on-farm measurements of indoor air quality, performance of barn environmental control systems, nitrogen balances, and emission rates of regulated air pollutants.  A web-interactive odor setback model for livestock farms that will help to resolve conflicts between livestock producers and neighbors is also being developed and tested. 

 

Post Harvest Grain Quality

The Post Harvest Grain Quality & Stored Product Protection Program is a cooperative effort of the departments of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Entomology, and Botany & Plant Pathology. The Purdue University Post-Harvest Education & Research Center serves crop and food producers, handlers and processors, and their allied manufacturing and service industries in Indiana and the Midwestern U.S. by supporting basic and applied research, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education, hands-on diagnostic training, technology transfer activities and extension activities, and analysis and problem identification services.

 

Site-Specific Agricultural Technology

Purdue’s Site-Specific Management Center  provides up-to-date, reliable information to crop producers nationwide. Current work focuses on the development and evaluation of information-intensive, precision agricultural management systems.

 

Additional Links

Purdue Extension

Locate a County Extension Office

Purdue Extension Educational Materials Online

Purdue Engagement

Midwest Plan Service