Small communities are struggling to overcome economic and social problems. Purdue Agriculture is helping local leaders tackle these issues and give new life to rural Indiana.
Many Purdue Agriculture graduates return to their home communities to work, raise a family and volunteer in the community. Two families who chose this path have joined many generations of their ancestors to preserve rural Indiana as a viable place to work and live.
Grant funding can make a big difference for Indiana towns and nonprofit organizations operating on tight budgets. Municipalities and nonprofits turn to Purdue Extension to learn how to write successful proposals.
The future for rural communities will likely be found outside the box, according to Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension. Residents will need to become pioneers of the 21st century and find new ways to live off the land.
Purdue Extension is helping rural communities reinvent themselves to meet changing consumer demands and the challenges of producing more food for a growing population on fewer acres.
Purdue Extension's Getting Ahead class helped Larissa Williams turn her life around. After years out of the workforce, she now has a new career and a new outlook on life.
Gary Humphrey's 2011 Vignoles was the first Midwest wine to win Wine of the Year at Indy International. River City Winery's success also gave a big boost to New Albany's struggling downtown.