News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 24, 2013

District office moves north

New director moves Purdue Extension Southwest District office to town

Dustyn Fatheree
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Southwest District office of the Purdue Extension service has been moved north from Vincennes to Terre Haute.

Wayne Moore, the newly appointed District Director made the decision to move locations.

“I believe having the office moved to Terre Haute will make reaching out to the area we support more easily accessible,” Moore said. “When a new District Director is hired on, they are given the option to move the office if they so choose.”

The new address for the extension office is 18 North First Street in downtown Terre Haute.

The Southwest District covers Area 5 and Area 3 which spans from Vermillion County down to Perry County. Moore said the Purdue Extension serves to oversee the districts in Indiana and to provide leadership for educators.

“We have researchers in financial management, diabetes research, 4-H, community and environment development, along with many others,” he said. “Another goal of ours is to help develop new businesses for the community.”

Purdue University is land-grant school, which means that it takes education and research everywhere in the state, said District Secretary, Amy Bush.

“We send educators out onto the field which, in turn, is used as research back at the main campus,” Moore said. “At times we have a joined intuitive. For example, a farmer will let us use a portion of his field for various research.”

  According to the Purdue Extension pamphlet, a few of the initiatives that the school aims to meet are to “provide producers and consumers a more complete, science-based understanding of our food systems,” “improve the efficiency, diversity, and sustainability of food production by evaluating and demonstrating new technologies,” and “prepare children for academic success through programs and partnerships that strengthen families.”

 “One of the larger projects we have this year is a special cantaloupe development,” Moore said. “We are better preparing people for disease prevention in agriculture.

  Another big project is the community garden facility, which is a one-acre giving garden located at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

The most recognized program associated with the Purdue extension is its 4-H youth education program. The program has over 1,000 youth involved and the Purdue Extension is always reaching out for new members, he added.

  Sarah Gaughan, a 4-H youth educator, said the Purdue Extension offers 4-H for first through 12th grade, but programs are also offered to adults.

    Currently, there are between 600 to 700 children involved with 4-H in Vigo County with 72 projects ranging from showing animals to science, she said.

  “It teaches life skills and lessons,” Gaughan added. “4-H focuses on special interests and helps people find their interests in which they may pursue for the rest of their lives.”

For more information about the Purdue Extension, visit its website at

  Reporter Dustyn Fatheree can be reached at 812-231-4260 and


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