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B. Allen Talbert

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Professor – Agricultural Education
Agricultural Administration Building Room 224
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Faculty Profile
Dr. Talbert serves as Coordinator of the Agricultural Education Program Area. His research is focused on underrepresented populations in agriculture. He has studied ethnic minorities in secondary agricultural education especially in urban areas. He is currently exploring the factors that contribute to a successful urban secondary agricultural education program.

PhD, Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University, 1992
MS, Vocational & Technical Education, Virginia Tech, 1990
BS, Agricultural Education, Virginia Tech, 1983

Department Responsibilities
Coordinator, Agricultural Education Program Area
Coordinator, Student Teaching in Agricultural Education
Co-Coordinator, Indiana Agriculture Teachers Summer Workshop

Courses Taught
YDAE 318 Coordinating Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
YDAE 565/EDCI 565 Principles of Adult Education
EDCI 285 Multiculturalism and Education
EDCI 498 Student Teaching in Agricultural Education (Coordinator)

Professional Service
Member, Program Convener Council, Teacher Education Council, Purdue University
Member, STAR Academy Advisory Board, 1995-present
Owner, Listserv for American Association for Agricultural Education and for National Association of Agricultural Educators, 1995-present
Member, Purdue University Advisory Committee on Equity, 2007-2013
Co-facilitator, Fall Graduate Teaching Assistants Orientation, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University, 2003-2012
Member, National Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Advisory Committee, 2010-2011

Research Interests
Under-represented populations in agriculture and agricultural education; adult learning; qualitative and mixed methods studies; experiential learning

Grants & Projects
Co-Principal Investigator, Creating a Pipeline for Agricultural Education Teachers in Indiana, Indiana Education Roundtable. 2014-2016.
Principal Investigator, Engaging Underrepresented Populations in the Food and Agricultural Sciences through Urban Agriculture, USDA-SPECA. 2013-2016.
Principal Investigator, Development of a Methodology Handbook for Afghanistan Agriculture Teachers, People in Need. 2010-2011.
Principal Investigator, Agricultural Education Assessment System, Indiana Department of Education. 2010.
Co-Principal Investigator, Borlaug Fellows Program – India, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. 2007-2008.
Co-Principal Investigator, Online Volunteer Development, National FFA Organization. 2007-2008.
Principal Investigator, Development of Diversity Resource Kit for Agricultural Education, National FFA Organization. 2004-2005.

Awards & Honors

(2012) Indiana FFA Honorary State Degree. Indiana FFA Association.

(2012) Outstanding Cooperation Award. National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Region IV.

(2009) Innovative Poster Session 2nd Runner-up. American Association for Agricultural Education - North Central Region.

(2006) Outstanding Teacher in YDAE. YDAE.

(2005) David C. Pfendler Agriculture Outstanding Counselor Award. College of Agriculture.

(2004) Professional Educator Award. Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education.

Selected Publications

Talbert, B. A., Vaughn, R., Croom, B., & Lee, J. S. (2014). Foundations of Agricultural Education (Vol. 3). Columbus, OH: Pearson Education.

Peters, J., & Talbert, B. A. (2013). Teaching the Science and Technology of Agriculture and Its Resources to Urban Students.. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 85(4), 8-9. Retrieved from

Henry, K., Talbert, B. A., & Morris, P. (2013). Preparing students for higher education and careers in agriculture and related fields: An ethnography of an urban charter school. Session Presentation at Hawaii International Conference on Education.

Voigt, M., Talbert, B. A., McKinley, S. K., & Brady, C. (2013). Promising Practices of Expert Dairy, Horse and Livestock Career Development Event Coaches: A Qualitative Study. NACTA Journal, 57(2), 45-55. Retrieved from

Siciliano, P. C., Jenks, M. A., Dana, M. N., & Talbert, B. A. (2011). The impact of audio technology on undergraduate instruction in a study abroad course on English gardens. NACTA Journal, 55(2), 46-53. Retrieved from

Wynkoop, R., Peters, J., Talbert, B. A., & Esters, L. (2011). Educational Technology Use and Acquisition in Secondary Agricultural Education Classrooms.. American Association for Agricultural Education - North Central Region Conference. Retrieved from

Balschweid, M., Talbert, B. A., & Gottschalk, D. (2010). Study abroad opportunities for agricultural education: Lessons learned and tips for teachers.. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 82(5), 14-16.

Snaza, J., Talbert, B. A., Ayres, J. S., Balschweid, M. A., & Tharp, S. (2009). Motivations and Reasons for Participation: Professional Development Study-Tour to Mexico. 25th Annual Conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), 448-454. Retrieved from

Talbert, B. A., & Edwin, J. (2008). Preparation of agricultural education students to work with diverse populations.. Journal of Agricultural Education, 49(1), 32-41.

Talbert, B. A. (2005). Enhancing opportunities for diverse secondary students: Case study of an urban agricultural magnet school. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities, and Nations, 5. Retrieved from