Agriculture Secretary Bullish on Purdue

Posted: Updated:
Perdue visited the culinary job training students at Second Helpings in Indianapolis. Perdue visited the culinary job training students at Second Helpings in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is touting the work of Purdue University. Sonny Perdue visited the West Lafayette campus Tuesday to meet with President Mitch Daniels, as well as students and faculty. It was one of several stops in Indiana for Perdue, who also visited the National FFA Center and Second Helpings Inc. in Indianapolis.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Perdue called the university an "icon of a land grant university."

"It's renowned throughout the world through their nutrition studies and we saw some other types of things with research going on, the cutting edge research there," said Perdue. "What my perception of Purdue University is is they are graduating functional people who can get it done, young people who are skilled in life skills of solving problems and that's what education's really about. Under President Daniels' leadership, the faculty of the schools that I visited with, it's very evident those kids are getting a real education in how to do life."

Perdue praised the work being done at Second Helpings, which collects perishable and overstocked food to create hot meals distributed by more than 90 social services agencies to people in need. The organization also has a culinary job training program that targets disadvantaged adults to prepare them for jobs in the food service industry.

Jennifer Vigran, chief executive officer of Second Helpings, called Perdue's visit a great opportunity to highlight the organization's food rescue, hunger relief and job training efforts.

"I think he was very pleased with the partnership that we have with the Family and Social Services Administration here in Indiana to help our students to build careers and self-sufficiency," said Vigran. "It was great to be able to share with him what we do in going out and rescuing good, nutritious food and how we put that food to good use very quickly in our community."

Perdue also talked about the concerns of farmers not just in Indiana, but throughout the country, as it relates to the nation's trade issues with China. 

"We'd love to have China as a customer, but they've built their economy on really deceit and theft of intellectual property," said Perdue. "We hope we can get a deal. The president wants a good deal very badly. I think the Chinese want a deal. It's a matter of can we do one that's enforceable over contracts. Farmers are resilient but some of them have been holding on for a long time and this five years of down pricing, it's tough on the farm but I'm hoping if we can get a deal with China, it's going to be really good again."

  • Perspectives

    • "Wood" You Consider Investing in Timber?

      Looking for an untraditional way to diversify your traditional stock and fixed-income portfolio? If so, try thinking outside the typical realm of investable assets. Don’t know where to start? How about going against the “grain” and investing in timber? Why Trees? Investing in timber can yield a number of benefits. The main draw of having timber in your portfolio is its low, long-term correlation to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. Low correlation...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • 1SI executives Matt Hall and Wendy Dant Chesser talked about the project on Inside INdiana Business.

      Momentum Building at 'Hot Spot' River Ridge

      As economic development officials in southeast Indiana welcomed news last week of Louisville-based PharmaCord's plans to invest $52 million and add up to 850 jobs at the River Ridge Commerce Center, they were quick to add there is more development on the horizon. River Ridge is a sprawling, 6,000 acre park located between Jeffersonville and Charlestown that was once home to the massive Indiana Army Ammunition plant and thousands of jobs. Today more than 50 companies call River...

    • (photo courtesy of Governor Eric Holcomb's office)

      Governor Meets with Ag Leaders on Delayed Planting

      Governor Eric Holcomb recently met with leaders from the state's agriculture sector regarding the impact of unusual weather conditions on farms and other ag businesses. The USDA says 84 percent of Indiana's corn crop and 64 percent of soybeans have been planted. Typically, both crops are at 100 percent planted by this time of the year.

    • (photo courtesy of Taylor University)

      Taylor University President to Resign

      The president of Taylor University is stepping down. The university's board of trustees says Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the position and will leave the Upland campus August 15. A specific reason for Haines' resignation was not given, however the Board Chair Paige Cunningham noted the move was "neither solicited nor encouraged" by the board. Haines graduated from Taylor in 1975. He later held various positions at the university including vice president for...

    • "Wood" You Consider Investing in Timber?

      Looking for an untraditional way to diversify your traditional stock and fixed-income portfolio? If so, try thinking outside the typical realm of investable assets. Don’t know where to start? How about going against the “grain” and investing in timber? Why Trees? Investing in timber can yield a number of benefits. The main draw of having timber in your portfolio is its low, long-term correlation to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. Low correlation...

    • Colts Name Overton As Producer

      The Indianapolis Colts have named Larra Overton as the team's new producer and on-air talent. Overton currently is a sports reporter and anchor for Fox59 WXIN/CBS4 WTTV. She will serve as producer for Colts Productions and will serve as the television sideline reporter for preseason broadcasts and radio sideline reporter for regular season games. Overton holds two degrees from Indiana University.