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Laura Prescott and Sharon Shuey were delegates, along with 7 other members, who attended the Psi Iota Xi National Convention in French Lick from June 21 to 23.

Psi Iota Xi meets annually to vote on charitable contributions to be distributed nationally. This year, Psi Iota Xi announced they will be accepting proposals from chapters for a new long term project. Members, who have chapters in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois completed their most recent long term project that resulted in donations of over $100,000 to the Multifaceted Stuttering Services at the University of Toledo.

The last two long term projects include an endowed professorship for cochlear implants at Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital and cleft palate research at the University of Illinois.

The theme for the convention was, “Dancing with my Sisters” and attendees celebrated the organizaton’s accomplishments  led by Connie McDaniel, national president.

Annually, Psi Iota Xi donates nearly $1 million to art, music, literature, speech and hearing projects. The Beta Gamma Chapter of Peru raises funds through cheeseballs and flower sales to contribute to our community totaling $9945.00 to local projects and needs this past year.

For more information about the local chapter, contact Laura Prescott at 465-8227.

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Purdue extension offices announce July 23 field day speakers

During the 2019 Central Indiana Field Day in the nine county area of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties, speakers will talk to attendees about a wide range of topics to improve various aspects of farm production. Discussions range from recent research on weeds, entomology and cover crops to the use of drones in farming and nutrient updates.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 23 at the Roseburg Event Center in Marion.

Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, will serve as keynote speaker.

Kettler was appointed ISDA director and director of agribusiness development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation by Gov. Eric Holcomb in January 2018. He joined the department with more than 30 years of agricultural leadership experience and knowledge, ranging from production to sales to community and industry relations. At ISDA, his main priorities include agricultural advocacy, economic development, youth development and environmental stewardship.

Other speakers include:

n Klein Ileleji, Purdue University: Ileleji, associate professor and Purdue Extension engineer in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will discuss post-harvest grain management.

n Austin Pearson and Mark Carter, extension educators, will talk about and demonstrate how quadcopters (UAV), also known as drones, can be used to improve production.

n John Scott, digital agriculture extension coordinator, will discuss techniques for using field data in soybeans and precision agriculture.

n Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) - Joe Rorick, conservation agronomist, will talk about his insight on cover crops.

n John Obermeyer, Purdue University: Obermeyer, an integrated pest management specialist for Purdue Extension, will give an update on entomology based on his latest research.

n Michael Langemeier, Purdue University: Langemeier, professor of agricultural economics, will give an update on current land value and cash rent prices.

n Bob Nielsen, Purdue University: Nielsen, professor of agronomy, will present a corn update.

n Jim Camberato, Purdue University: Camberato, soil fertility specialist, will discuss nutrient updates.

n Marcelo Zimmer, Purdue University: Zimmer, weed science program specialist, will give an update on weeds.

During the Central Indiana Field Day, exhibits by various vendors and resource suppliers will be on display. Lunch will be served.

Participants can earn PARP, CCH and CEU credits by attending the event. Register by visiting bit.ly/2V4TV4ym or by calling one of the nine county extension offices by Friday, July 19.