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

November 3rd, 2015

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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!  

The Trivia Champions of the Agricultural Economics World (PAEP 20)

October 27th, 2015

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Meet Andrew Johnson, Elizabeth Blinn and Jason Xiao - three undergraduate ag econ trivia masters who defended their title as National Champions for the second year running this past summer at the AAEA 2015 Quiz Bowl Competition in San Francisco. These three students all had different reasons for joining and different strategies for success, but together, they made a great team. This entertaining episode gives an in-depth look at their team's dynamics and how they applied their Purdue education for success.

Using Precision Agriculture with World Food Prize Panelist Yangxuan Liu (PAEP 19)

October 20th, 2015

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In this episode, Ken and Jessica talk with Yangxuan Liu, a PhD candidate, on her experience as a panelist at the 2015 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue. Under her advisor Dr. Michael Langemeier in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Yangxuan is researching how precision agriculture and big data can help increase global food security. When she graduates, Yangxuan hopes to use her knowledge and research to help women and children in developing countries have access to better nutrition.

Investing in Students’ Futures with Jim Hicks (PAEP18)

September 25th, 2015

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Purdue Agricultural Economics alumnus Jim Hicks joins Ken and Jessica to discuss the importance of investing in students' futures. Jim Hicks, who graduated from the undergraduate program in 1961, has donated generously to student scholarships over the years and made a huge impact on many lives. Learn more about Jim and the importance of scholarships in this podcast!

A Chat with Award-Winning Ag Econ Students (PAEP17)

September 14th, 2015

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Luis Peña Levano & Molly Van Dop are two graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Economics. These two hard-working and bright students put in a lot of time creating a presentation at the AAEA (Agricultural & Applied Economics Association) Conference this summer and went on to earn the AAEA Graduate Student Extension Award. Luis won first place and Molly won second place. These two discuss their educational journeys and their current research interests. Listen to this exciting special honoring some of our top students!

Delving into the Importance of Teaching with Dr. DeBoer (PAEP16)

August 19th, 2015

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As the new school year is about to kick-off, Ken & Jessica take a moment to chat with one of our department's best undergraduate instructors. In fact, Dr. Larry DeBoer won an award for excellence in undergraduate teaching just last year. These three delve into the importance of good instruction and the critical role of professors in impacting students' experiences.

A Talk on the 2015 Purdue Land Values & Cash Rent Survey with Dr. Craig Dobbins (PAEP15)

August 6th, 2015

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They say every farmer has a land story that he could tell, and Ken and Jessica are doing just that in this episode. Join them as they talk with the expert on land values and cash rent, Dr. Criag Dobbins. Professor Dobbins talks about the results of this year's survey as well as the outlook for the upcoming years. You do not want to miss out on this important message!

Discussing the Disastrous Indiana Rainfall of 2015 with Dr. Chris Hurt (PAEP14)

July 21st, 2015

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In this timely episode, Ken & Jessica chat with Dr. Chris Hurt about the record-breaking rainfalls that hit Indiana this summer. Dr. Hurt explains how it is effecting crops and how many farmers may have to rely on crop insurance this year. Farm families are very vulnerable to extreme weather, and Professor Hurt explains what this means not only to them but to consumer prices as well. Don't miss this podcast!

Advancing Global Food Security with Dr. Nelson Villoria (PAEP13)

July 1st, 2015

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Ken & Jessica chat with Dr. Nelson Villoria about his role in advancing global food security in this latest podcast. There's always give and take when it comes to making big changes in food production. Dr. Villoria talks about supply chain response, international trade, and land use when dealing with food security in this thought-provoking and informative episode.

A Chat on Gas and the Renewable Fuel Standard with Dr. Wally Tyner (PAEP12)

June 13th, 2015

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Join Ken and Jessica as they discuss gas and the recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new Renewable Fuel Standards with Purdue University's energy policy specialist Dr. Wally Tyner. Listen as Dr. Tyner gives the inside scoop on this decision and what it means for the country.

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