Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture

The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: The Biography of William Carroll Latta (Hardback)

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Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

Great people lead great universities. Purdue University is fortunate to count its thirteenth faculty member, William Carroll Latta, as one of those people. Certainly, thirteen proved to be a lucky number for Purdue and agriculture in Indiana. This book recounts William Latta's far-reaching influence on agriculture at the university, throughout Indiana, and on a national level. Recognized as the Father of the School of Agriculture and of Extension at Purdue, Latta was an early and tireless promoter of the university and what it could do for the people of the state. From developing the four-year agriculture program, to conducting practical agricultural research prior to the creation of Purdue's Agricultural Experiment Station, to leading Purdue's agricultural outreach efforts to bring the university to the people, Latta's contributions are still evident in Purdue's modern-day agricultural programs. Latta's story traces the history of agriculture at Purdue, showing agriculturists, historians, and the Purdue community where we've been and the foundation upon which we continue to build today's teaching, research, and Extension programs.

About the Author(s):

Frederick Whitford works for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture. He received a BS in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech University, and an MS and PhD in entomology from Iowa State University. He has authored more than 250 research, extension, and regulatory publications, and has delivered at least 4,000 presentations to a wide array of audiences. He has written several other books about the history of Indiana agriculture, all published by Purdue University Press.


A downloadable brochure of Whitford's agricultural history books with discount information is available here.


Dr. Andrew Martin is a training specialist with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, where he manages Indiana's commercial pesticide applicator training program.  He received his bachelor's degree in soil and crop science, his master's degree in soil management, and his Ph.D. in education, all from Purdue University.  Martin's professional interests include instruction in ethics and pesticide use, the history of pesticide applicator certification and training, and program evaluation.  He resides in Delphi, Indiana, with his wife, Joyce, and children, Ruth, Andrew, and Daniel.