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Alternative Crops & Gardens Discussion

October 29, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"

If it's Western Illinois University agriculture Associate Professor Win Phippen's garden, it's not with silver bells and cockle-shells, but with milkweed, Cuphea and other alternative crops. Phippen will present "Alternative Crops and Gardens" at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library (third floor) on the WIU-Macomb campus. He will discuss his current research crops and will provide an update on the status of common milkweed production in Illinois. Persons attending from off-campus may park in Lot CA (south portion of the lot across the street, or west, from the Library).

As the director of Western's Alternative Crops Research program, Phippen manages the breeding and production research program aimed at introducing and developing alternative crops for the Midwest region. He has practical experience in all areas of new crop production, variety development and identifying potential markets. Phippen is the only researcher in the country working on milkweed as a crop.

He received his master's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from Purdue University. Phippen also holds a mini-MBA from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University.

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