The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture with Jessica Eise & Whitney Hodde (PAEP 30)

August 22nd, 2016


Is there a scarcity of communication in agriculture? And is this breakdown endangering the future of food and agriculture? Join Ken Foster as he explores these questions with authors Jessica Eise and Whitney Hodde as they discuss their book, The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture. Changing demographics, cultural shifts, technological advances and agriculture’s silence, argue Eise and Hodde, all combined to create the perfect storm – a great chasm between those who know, and those who don’t know, agriculture. Listen now to get the whole story!

A Look at the Changing Geopolitics of Agriculture with Dr. Thompson (PAEP 29)

April 29th, 2016


Dr. Robert Thompson joins Ken and Jessica to discuss the topic of his Snyder* Lecture -- the Changing Geopolitics of Agriculture. Tune in as discusses feeding the world and the future of agriculture worldwide.

*The James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture is the Department of Agricultural Economics’ signature event at Purdue University. The lectures were established at Purdue in February 1975 as a memorial to a distinguished member of the faculty. 

Growing Food and Local Communities with Dr. Rhonda Phillips (PAEP 28)

April 29th, 2016


Tune in as Dr. Rhonda Phillips, Dean of Purdue University's Honors College, shares how we can become involved with local food within our community. As she chats with Ken and Jessica, they discuss her recent book, Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development, as well as the urban food movement and connection between food and community.

Studying Abroad in Belize with Ken Foster & Colleen Kelly (PAEP 27)

April 25th, 2016


The tables are turned in this podcast as co-host Ken Foster becomes one of the interviewees! He and Colleen Kelly, International Academic Programs Development Specialist at Purdue University, discuss a study abroad program they are developing in Belize. Join them as they talk about this Central American country, its history and potential for study abroad.

Digging Into Performance Management with Dr. Gunderson (PAEP26)

March 25th, 2016


Human talent is one of the most important investments food and agribusiness firms make. Dr. Michael Gunderson joins Ken and Jessica to discuss a recent performance management in agribusiness survey and the interesting findings; performance management does matter.

On Communicating Biotechnology with Tom McKinney and Tahirou Abdoulaye (PAEP25)

March 7th, 2016


When Ken posed the question, 'what challenges face agriculture?' He got the same response from both Dr. Tahirou Abdoulaye and Tom McKinney: communicating the importance of biotechnology in agriculture. Tahirou and Tom were honored this year with Purdue Ag's Distinguished Alumni Award, and both hail from the Agricultural Economics Department. Despite unique positions and locations, they both agreed that this issue is important to the future of agriculture.

Why We Should Teach Our Kids Economics with Jeff Sanson (PAEP 24)

February 3rd, 2016


Why should we teach our kids economics? As it turns out, there are more reasons than we may think! Listen as Ken and Jessica chat with Jeff Sanson, Executive Director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education, about how and why we can give students a solid grounding in practical, economic basics. If you are interested in learning more, visit:

Serving Rural Indiana with Dr. Freddie Barnard (PAEP 23)

December 4th, 2015


This podcast is dedicated to honoring our Department's own Professor Freddie Barnard. Dr. Barnard just won the Hovde Award for outstanding service in rural Indiana.  Ken & Jessica chat with this outstanding professor about how he has gone above and beyond in his field to show that he lives his life for the betterment of others. Don't miss this outstanding Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor chatting about the Hovde Award.

Crop Insurance after a Rainy Summer with Dr. Langameier (PAEP 22)

November 17th, 2015


Wondering how to best utilize crop insurance after Indiana's unusually wet summer? Dr. Michael Langameier breaks down the insurance options farmers might be utilizing this year. Because there are precious few industries as dependent on the weather as farming, this witty podcast explains a heavy topic in a light and understandable way. Don't miss it!

The Broad Reach of an Ag Econ Degree with Doug Eckrote (PAEP 21)

November 3rd, 2015


Doug Eckrote is a senior VP at CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions. So what does he, a tech executive, have in common with Ken and Jessica? Turns out his undergraduate degree was in Ag Econ at Purdue, with a specialty in sales and marketing. It was that degree, he claims, that launched him down this great path. Learn more about how to capitalize in your education and keep your options open in our latest podcast!  

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