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This is the fourth in a series of consumer guides that describe fish and shellfish farmed in the Midwest region of the United States. (See FNR-608-W  More...
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This field book is an updated (2021), condensed version of Illinois Soils: Evaluation for Agriculture and Home Sites. Students can use this book to prepare for soil judging contests. Includes  More...
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This free, downloadable scorecard is designed for use by students participating in Illinois soil judging contests. Pairs with Illinois Soil Contest Agriculture Scorecard  More...
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Energy-intensive development practices contribute to increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are leading to shifting climate patterns. This publication builds on two previous publications -  More...
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Fish is a healthy choice and this quick guide shares what to look for to ensure fresh fish along with health benefits which includes lowering heart disease and boosting brain health.  More...
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In Indiana, community leaders make decisions about public spaces such as parks, trails, farmers markets, schools, and Main Streets every day that affect the health and wellness of the community. Using Purdue Extension's  More...
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Aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in the United States. This publication describes what sustainable aquaculture is, a sampling of aquaculture species are produced in the Midwest, health benefits associated with e  More...
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Seafood is a protein category that has many commercially and recreationally available options. Selecting seafood is more like shopping for fruits and vegetables than animal proteins. This publication is the first in a se  More...
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This publication provides an overview of how changing climate conditions will affect Indiana and the Midwest and offers sensible strategies for coping with these changes. Understanding past and future environmental chang  More...
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Despite strong evidence that climate change is happening, many people do not realize the urgency with which we need to act, nor do they fully understand the types of impacts facing their communities. This publication pro  More...
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Land use planners in the Great Lakes region make recommendations that can affect the quality and quantity of ground and surface water resources. Challenges include a lack of up-to-date data, and insufficient political an  More...
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In the eight states in the Great Lakes region, those who make land use plans and natural resource management decisions must keep ecological integrity in mind. In this publication, Purdue University researchers discuss so  More...
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Purdue Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council collaboratively developed the Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government to support plan commission members as well as l  More...
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Through the decision support system, Tipping Point Planner (tippingpointplanner.org), communities in Great Lakes states can plan for a sustainable future by directly linking data to the local decision-making process. Wit  More...
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This free, downloadable scorecard is designed for use by students participating in Illinois soil judging contests. Pairs with  More...

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This free, downloadable card is designed for use by students participating in Illinois soil judging contests. Pairs with  More...

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This publication describes the "why, what, and how" of a comprehensive plan and focuses on the process and the contents.

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This publication describes four common laboratory soil health tests that we evaluated. The publication also discusses the challenges of using these tests in Indiana croplands.

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This publication discusses the process of comprehensive planning in Indiana. It also describes the content of comprehensive plans and factors to consider when updating or amending comprehensive plans.

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This publication provides an overview of the local plan commission and BZA to help you understand the role of these committees and to prepare for your first few meetings.

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Many wildlife species use or require fields and other areas of early successional vegetation to meet their habitat requirements. Native warm-season grass and forb mixtures (NWSG) are promoted through various state and  More...

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Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a bacterial disease of mammals resulting from the infection of Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is a zoonotic disease that can infect humans, domestic stock, and wild animals. Outbreaks  More...

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Knowing and using a common vocabulary of planning and zoning terms will help you understand planning and zoning issues and communicate in a better way. This glossary of commonly used planning and zoning terms should m  More...

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This publication provides four basic strategies to help improve the health of your soil: (1) Practice no-tillage or strip-tillage, (2) Add more crops to your rotation, (3) include cover crops, and (4) manage nutrient  More...

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This publication is primarily a resource for teachers and coaches preparing high school students for the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Career Development Event (CDE). During that event, teams of students writ  More...
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Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces supports the development of great public spaces reflective of community values. The Indiana-based curriculum is designed for use by decision makers and local leaders with ov  More...

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Woodlots are dynamic, vital ecosystems in the urban and suburban landscapes of the Midwest. People own these small wooded lots in urbanized areas for a variety of reasons: timber production, firewood production, recreati  More...
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Land surveys precisely define the locations and boundaries of tracts of land. This publication reviews the history and development of two survey systems, how they work, and the particular value of each.

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This publication provides landowners with information to consider when evaluating and negotiating contracts with wind energy developers. Topics covered include lease vs. easement, parts of a wind energy contract, propert  More...
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This six-page publication (downloadable PDF) briefly describes Smart Growth, an approach to land-use planning that targets the state's resources and funding in ways that enhances the quality of life for the residents of  More...
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This brochure tells you about stormwater runoff, why you should care about non-point source pollution, and how you can prevent non-point pollution.  More...
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This four-page publication describes in non-point source pollution and the simple things you can do to reduce polluted runoff. You'll learn about rain gardens, rain barrels, and porous building materials.  More...
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You'll learn the basis for open space planning and how to categorize open spaces. In this four-page publication you'll find the steps to develop and open space plan.  More...
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This publication presents methods for describing soils and landscapes. Its goal is to foster better communication between soil scientists who write soil and landscape evaluation reports and the environmental specialists  More...
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Land use decisions are having significant impacts on our water and other natural resources in communities across the country. The potential negative impacts to our water and natural resources increase as the intensity  More...

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As the name implies, nonpoint source pollution cannot be attributed to any one source. Researchers have determined that polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in the United States. This publication  More...

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To understand how planning and zoning may affect your land, it is important to be familiar with the legal terminology. This publication explains some of the basics of Indiana planning and zoning law, including its origin  More...
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Impervious surfaces are a good indicator of the intensity of development and often contribute to nonpoint source pollution. This publication examines the problems posted by impervious surfaces and how to mitigate such  More...

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Shorebirds, those little brown birds normally associated with ocean shorelines, make an appearance twice a year along seasonally flooded agricultural fields in Indiana. The birds are making their way in the spring to bre  More...
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Many landowners would like to make their land area more attractive for wildlife, but do not know where to start. This paper outlines the basic decision-making process landowners must go through prior to initiating manage  More...
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This publication addresses frequently asked questions about property rights in land in order to dispel myths and misunderstandings and generate thoughtful discussion.  More...
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This publication describes general procedures for developing a constructed wetland for a single family residence. This guide is designed to be used with the diagrams included. It is intended for use by homeowners, regula  More...
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This publication provides lists of indicators and similar detailed checklists for each business function identified in ID-236. It provides indicators and checklists for productions, procurement and selling, financial man  More...
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It features 11 programs, several of which are available only on CD-ROM: Chemical Contamination in Fish Update; Environmental Planning for Small Communities (TRILOGY); Environmental Assessment Case Study (ALASKA); Envi  More...

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Of the 226 round barns that are known to have existed in Indiana, more than 100 have vanished from the landscape, thus depriving the state of beautiful landmarks and testimonials to the ingenuity of turn-of-thecentury ag  More...

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An Ecological History of Agriculture, 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 10,000 opens with the first known agriculture and ends in a future in which we might have to use fewer resources to feed more people. The book describes past and pre  More...

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This publication seeks to answer the following questions: What is prime farmland? How is it determined? How much has already been lost, and how much do we have left? What are the consequences of continued loss locally  More...
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