Extension Programs

Educational and training opportunities are available for diverse audiences related to agriculture and the food sector. Many of these involve a fee for participants.


Farm Law topics and Estate and Family Business Transfer Planning
Gerry Harrison is available for questions and programs on a number of law and tax topics including Estate and Family Farm Business Transfer Planning offered by arrangement with local Purdue Extension Educators and sponsored by local businesses and organizations.  Please click on the location and date to access a program and registration form:

Aquaculture Economics & Marketing Resources
The proximity of Illinois/Indiana to many major markets, and the abundance of natural and agricultural resources provide tremendous long-term opportunities for aquaculture farms and businesses in these states. Whether you are an aquaculture producer or you are thinking of getting into an aquaculture business, we are here to provide you the best information and education to ensure a productive, innovative and profitable aquaculture business.

Banker Training
Provides an Agricultural Banking School and Agricultural Clinic for Bankers

Business Planner Tool
Start writing your business plan with the AICC Business Planner. Because it can be difficult to know where to begin exploring a venture, this website helps you by asking key questions about what you want to do.

Center for Food and Agricultural Business Programs
A listing of programs offered by our Center for Food and Agricultural Business

Farm Management for the 21st Century
A self-study course on farm financial analysis and information about strategic management, Indiana farmland values and cash rents, and other farm management resources.

Farm Management Tours
Come tour five outstanding Indiana farms with Purdue Cooperative Extension staff members as your guides and the Indiana Farm Management Association as your host.

Farming Together
Provides resources on farm family business succession planning.

Grain Marketing in the Biofuels Era
The objective of this program is to improve knowledge in basic marketing skills with a particular focus on how these skills can be applied in the age of biofuels.

Learning Tuesdays (Formerly Lunch And Learn)
Each month, the Agricultural Economics Faculty hold an IP video conference meeting for the Purdue Extension educators and specialists That covers a variety of topics. A listing of the topics and associated files may be found here.

Managing Margin Risk
Managing margin risk has become incredibly important for producers given commodity price volatility and input cost increases.  While record profits are possible at these prices, producers must simultaneously manage price risk and input cost risk to maintain profitable margins.

The objective of this program is to provide producers with the tools to determine their breakeven prices, marketing plans, crop insurance decisions and leasing options with the end goal of being able to “lock in” profitable margins.

This program was offered during the winter of 2009.  All of the materials are available for self-study.  If you have any questions please contact, Corinne Alexander at cealexan@purdue.edu .

New Ventures Program
The Purdue Extension educators and specialists on the New Ventures Team created this site to help you find the answers and information you need to decide whether you should start a new agriculture - or food - related business.

Purdue Income Tax Schools
The Department, in collaboration with IRS and Indiana Department of Revenue, conducts a two-day tax update program at 11 Indiana locations.  The program is designed to update tax professionals on recent changes in tax laws, regulations, and filing procedures.  The program provides 16 hours of continuing education credits for public accountants, CPAs, Certified Financial Planners and Enrolled Agents and has been accepted for 12.9 hours of CLE for attorneys.  Registration on or before Oct. 19 receives a $40 discount on the $325 fee.  For further information on the program and the registration brochure go to www.conf.purdue.edu/tax.

Retirement Estimator for Farm Families
Whether you are thinking of retiring gradually or about taking the big step all at once, you may wonder whether you can afford to retire. This site is designed to help you answer some of your questions about retirement.

Strategic Business Planning for Commercial Producers
Strategic Business Planning for Commercial Producers is a comprehensive curriculum for educators to use in teaching commercial farm managers to be highly effective business managers.

Tax Planning for Farmers in 2011 Webinar
George Patrick, Purdue University Extension Economist, and David Frette, CPA from Washington, IN with a large agricultural clientele, will present a tax planning webinar for farmers on Tuesday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  There is no charge for the program.  Individuals can participate “live” via the internet on your computer with high-speed access (DSL or faster) or at selected County Extension offices.

Top Farmer Website
This is where the Top Farmer Crop Workshop information can be found.  More details will be coming soon.

Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture seeks to balance the economic, social, and environmental facets of agriculture. Site provides ideas for reducing the environmental impact of production agriculture, alternative enterprise for enhancing farm income, and links to several resources.

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