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Crickets, Cows, and Community Fun!

Can you guess what this weekend is? Well if the big yellow and white tents don’t give it away, the bug flags hanging off of Smith Hall should.  That’s right! It’s time for the annual Spring Fest event!

This year Spring Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Spring Fest is a fun event that all of us “South of State Streeters” always look forward to each spring.  The College of Ag is very proud to present our unique activities and teach the visitors something new about agriculture.

But even though many of the activities are centered on agriculture, this really is an even t for the whole campus to get involved. We have several other schools participating as well. Some of these include: College of Health and Human Sciences; College of Education; Krannert School of Management; College of Liberal Arts; College of Pharmacy; College of Science and the College of Technology.

Spring Fest Coordinator Danica Kirkpatrick mentioned in a Purdue News Service Press release that Spring Fest is an event for families to visit campus and enjoy educational activities from more than 30 colleges, departments and units at Purdue.

“We have something for every age, including toddlers, students considering where to attend college, and the parents and grandparents of them all,”said Kirkpatrick.

This year at Spring Fest we are very excited to be introducing some new events to the program. The News Service also introduced some of those in their press release, and I wanted to make sure to pass them along to you so you don’t miss all the fun this weekend!

New Events at Spring Fest:

1.     “Sidewinder”

  • This sculpture is a collaboration between the College of Agriculture’s Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture and the College of Liberal Arts’ Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual Arts.
  • Visitors to “Sidewinder” can take guided tours of the walk-through sculpture. Children can also try willow-weaving at stations staffed by students who helped with its construction.

2.    “The Insecta Class Yearbook”

  • Student actors under the direction of Tom Turpin, professor of entomology, will help audiences better understand the classification of insects and their differing roles in nature.
  • Performances will take place in Lilly Hall, Room 1-104, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days.

3.   “Over-the-Counter Medication Jeopardy”

  • The College of Pharmacy joins the Spring Fest lineup. Among its activities is the game show at 2 p.m. April 9 in the Pharmacy Building.

4.    Puppet Show to Discourage Bullying

  • This will be part of the School of Nursing’s Health Fair. It will be presented each day at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the school’s tent.


I am really looking forward to checking these out when I’m at Spring Fest this weekend, even though I will be a pretty busy bee myself.

One thing I also wanted to mention was that if you come out, you should make sure to stop by the ACT (Ag Communicators of Tomorrow) booth to get your Official Spring Fest T-shit!

We will be selling those along with Purdue Agriculture playing cards and giving out free temporary tattoos!

This is one of our major fundraiser events for the year so I encourage everyone to come out and help support our club and the other College of Ag student organizations!

If you’d like to know more about Spring Fest, you can visit their website and check out this YouTube video as well.

Hope to see everyone this weekend! And side note: I’d bring your umbrella just in case—it always seems to rain at least one day of Spring Fest, but we will be there rain or shine!

Awesome Jobs in Agriculture

When most people think of jobs in agriculture, they usually think of growing crops, raising livestock, or growing fruits and vegetables. While these are very popular jobs in agriculture, they aren’t the only careers that make up the industry. Today I wanted to share a few unique jobs in agriculture that you might now have known were considered Ag careers.

CNN Living compiled a list of cool jobs that pay well and out of the nine jobs they listed, four of them were in agriculture! Here’s some of the ones they listed along with my comments about how they relate to agriculture:

Unique Jobs in Agriculture:

1. Brewmaster

Who wouldn’t want to be the creator of a tasty ale that will be imbibed by many the partygoer? Plus, you get to do taste-testing along the way, which is always fun.

You wouldn’t normally think this is related to agriculture, but you have to know about the kind of grain you are putting into your beer, which requires some agricultural knowledge about the taste, scientific properties, and growing process of the grain you are using.

2. Food scientist- Flavor Inventor

You might not have ever cared who creates all the different flavors of ice cream as long as the scoops keep appearing in your bowl. Well, food scientists spend their days in laboratories developing and perfecting new flavors so that low-fat birthday cake ice cream tastes good and not, well, low-fat.

Believe it or not, not everyone realizes that their ice cream is an agricultural product created from milk. Some people just assume that it comes from the grocery store, but companies all over are hiring food scientists to help their products become the best. There is actually a whole food science major here in Purdue’s College of Agriculture!

3. Sommelier- Wine Professional

Fine diners know that the perfect meal isn’t just about the entrée; it’s also about the glass of wine that accompanies each course. From the first taste of the cheese flight to the last bite of gelato, the right wine can elevate any meal to a new level.

Fear not. Sommeliers know everything about wines, from the vineyards they were pressed in to the best entrées to pair them with. They take courses and obtain certification to become bona fide experts on the subjects so you never have to look at a wine list with confusion in your eyes.

If you want to get your start in becoming a sommelier, you can start right here by enrolling in the Wine Appreciation class on Purdue’s campus. For more information, search for FS470 on Purdue’s website.

4. Crop Duster- Field Pilot

A crop duster, also known as an agricultural pilot, flies a light aircraft that is equipped for dusting and spraying crops with powdered insecticides, fungicides, seeds and fertilizers.

When crop dusting, you must be adept at flying low while avoiding trees, power lines, fences and other obstacles. Pilots perform take-offs and landings on country roads or fields instead of runways.

This is a good career that has a very low turnover rate and can lead to other piloting opportunities. Being an ag pilot is one of the most exciting jobs in aviation, but it requires tremendous skill and precision.


Did you know these jobs were in agriculture? If so, let me know how you heard about them! Or would any of you want to have a job like this? Your comments are always appreciated! 🙂

Also, make sure to check out my partner Sarah’s blog for more interesting stories coming from south of State Street!

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