Purdue CARET supports additional investment to achieve expanded statewide expertise, continued innovation for farms, families and communities, and competitive salaries.


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We have a long name and a large mission.

Purdue CARET is a volunteer group of Indiana residents that believes in the power of research and education from the Purdue University College of Agriculture and the Purdue Extension mission to translate research into practical, effective, local programs for people across our state.

Purdue CARET provides valued counsel on programs and policies. Most of all, Purdue CARET is a mighty advocate. We promote Purdue Agriculture’s significance and strength to county officials, state legislators, members of Congress, and other decision-makers.

CARET’s mission is to enhance national support and understanding of land-grant university systems’ food and agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs in order to achieve a better standard of living for all people.

Purdue CARET is the Purdue University branch of the national CARET organization. The purpose of Purdue CARET is to provide a means for Indiana citizens to have input into program development, budgetary matters, and legislation. Members work with decision makers at all levels — local, state, and national.

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About Purdue University

Founded in 1869 and named after benefactor John Purdue Purdue University is a co-educational; land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name; the first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.