Personal Column

Ashley Adair
Extension Organic Agriculture Specialist
Purdue University - Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

The Purdue Extension office in Montgomery County, Indiana produces a monthly Ag and Natural Resources "Extension Line" column for two newspapers, the Journal Review and The Paper of Montgomery County. The column is used as a platform for the ANR Educator, Ashley Adair, to educate the public about various timely and seasonal issues as well as promote extension programs. The combined audience (i.e. subscribers) for these two newspapers is approximately 23000 people, which is a combination of print and online subscribers. Readers are primarily residents of Montgomery County. Topics include wildlife, lawn and garden, weather phenomena, trees, and program announcements. Articles are prepared solely by the author using word processing software and often include photographs taken by the author. The column typically generates a 20% increase in local consultations on the topic for that month.