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Ronald F. Turco

Assistant Dean for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Purdue University

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Purdue University

550 Stadium Mall Dr. Civil Engineering Building, Room G216B

West Lafayette, Indiana,47907

United States

Company Description

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue Univer...more

Background Information

Employment History

Director

Director, Global Sustainablity Institute - Purdue University


Affiliations

Hemp Project

Member


Indiana Plant Food & Agricultural Chemicals Association

Board Member


Education

B.S. degrees

Bacteriology and Soil Science

University of Idaho


Ph. D.

Soil Microbiology

Washington State University


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Conferences MST

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Ronald F. Turco
Ronald F. Turco, Jr. earned two B.S. degrees from the University of Idaho; the first is in Soil Science (1979) and his second is in Microbiology (1980). He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from Washington State University in 1985. Dr. Turco joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1985 and is currently a Professor in the College of Agriculture. Dr. Turco is the Director of the Environmental Pathogens Information Network (EPI-Net.org) and the Director of the Indiana Water Resource Research Center (IWRRC.org). Dr. Turco works with a number of research programs across the Purdue Campus and the country. He collaborates with faculty in Purdue's Colleges of Engineering and Science as well as working with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the Center for the Environment. Dr. Turco's research program is divided into three major areas of investigation: The Environmental Fate of Pathogens, The Environmental Fate of Organic Chemicals and the use of Biological Processes to Produce Fuel. Currently work in his laboratory is addressing the role of dissolved organic carbon in surface water in supporting the survival of E. coli and the potential of waterborne E. coli and Salmonella to colonize and survive on vegetable surfaces. Dr. Turco used his interest in pathogens to underpin the formation of EPI-Net.org a major resource on the impact of pathogens in the environment. Other work involves the environmental impact of fullerenes (C60) and signal wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) on soil processes; this work is also addressing the environmental fate of more traditional organic chemicals such as pesticides. Dr. Turco's has recently initiated a project looking at the potential to use food and agricultural waste to produce CH4 and possibly methanol. As the Water Center Director, Dr. Turco is also working on a project to address the revitalization of the Wabash River corridor by proving expertise that will help minimize the occurrence of pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Turco teaches classes on Soil Ecology, Soil Microbiology and The Environmental Fates of Organics. Over the 20 years he has been at Purdue University, Dr. Turco has been collaborator or lead PI on projects that have resulted in some $8 million dollars in competitive grant funds. Most recently he has been the lead PI on nanomaterials projects supported by NSF and EPA, EPI-net and a food safety effort supported by USDA and new USDA-CEAP project addressing water issues in Eagle Creek Reservoir near Indianapolis. He has served on numerous review panels for federal and private funding agencies. Ronald F. Turco, Jr. Professor, Laboratory for Soil Microbiology College of Agriculture Purdue University 915 W. State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907 Phone: (765)494-8077 Fax: (765) 496-2926


Hemp comes to Purdue - Real Hemp LLCReal Hemp LLC

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Purdue agronomy professor Ron Turco said, "We considered ourselves successful to get it planted, after 6 months of paperwork - and then it started raining and didn't stop..."
According to the State Climate Office, Indiana set a record for rainfall in the month of June, with a state average of 9.03 inches. Turco observed that hemp is not a "particularly robust plant" regarding its resiliency, noting, "we lost a lot of plants in the rain." He did caution that if the hemp had been planted on the more appropriate schedule, the results might have been very different. Purdue's Ron Turco stated that marijuana and hemp are "exactly the same. The difference is the THC content is less than .3 in hemp; in marijuana it is greater than .3." THC is the psychoactive element in marijuana. Turco emphasized, "There is no THC in industrial hemp. You can smoke the whole field and you'll end up with cancer before you'll get high." Indiana is subject to the 2013 U.S. Farm Bill, Section 7506, which states that industrial hemp can only be grown or cultivated "for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural program..." As a member of the Hemp Project, Turco is a licensed hemp grower in the state of Indiana under the aegis of the Indiana Seed Commissioner. In Indiana, statute is interpreted as allowing university-based research only. In Kentucky, Turco noted that the ag department of the University of Kentucky has involved numerous farmers in their pilot program. Farmers and academics in Kentucky share a Memorandum of Understanding, greatly expanding the research opportunities beyond Indiana's current two acres. Think of the old westerns where almost anyone could be deputized to assist the beleaguered and outnumbered sheriff. The prospect of growing the program here in Indiana is unlikely, Turco indicated, at least until federal law changes. Ron Turco noted that overall, in his dealings with state officials, everyone has been good to work with, from the state police to the Indiana Seed Commissioner.


Hemp Industry News - Real Hemp LLCReal Hemp LLC

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Original Article By MAUREEN HAYDEN Goshen News State Reporter INDIANAPOLIS - Ronald Turco has conducted critical research in his 30 years at Purdue University but his current project is the first to be vetted by federal drug agents.
An agronomist, Turco has spent months clearing hurdles [...]


INHIA Hosting "Future of Farming Expo & Marketplace" - Real Hemp LLCReal Hemp LLC

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Dr. Ron Turco, Agronomist & Hemp Researcher, Purdue University


Purdue Ready to Plant Legal Hemp - Real Hemp LLCReal Hemp LLC

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INDIANAPOLIS - Ronald Turco has conducted critical research in his 30 years at Purdue University but his current project is the first to be vetted by federal drug agents.
An agronomist, Turco has spent months clearing hurdles to begin the first legal production of industrial hemp in decades in Indiana. Facing questions from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was just one of many steps in getting the cannabis seeds into the ground. "You can't just open up a catalog on the Internet and buy the stuff," he said. That's why Turco had to wait for a DEA permit before he could order a 50-pound bag of seed from a wholesaler in Canada, where growing hemp is legal. The cannabis strains that Turco and colleagues will plant, as soon their rain-sogged research field is dry, lacks the punch of the marijuana preferred by potheads. Levels of THC - the psychoactive chemical in marijuana - will be .3 percent or less in their hemp. The recreational drug sold legally in Colorado has TCH content has high as 35 percent. "It's become the joke around here: You can try to smoke the entire field, and you'll get cancer before you get high," Turco said. But security remains tight, even as Purdue researchers work to educate the public about what they're doing. Turco and his colleagues underwent criminal background checks and submitted detailed plans to the DEA. "That's an agency we don't want to get on the wrong side of," he said. But Waltz and Turco don't think pot growers will sneak THC-rich plants into their fields. Once that happens, experienced marijuana growers know, the plant stops producing THC-rich resin high, Turco said. Another reason for the security is to keep away the ignorant or curious. "We don't want trespassers. We don't need sightseers," said Turco. At least not yet. Turco and Waltz say the landscape will change if Congress passes the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Turco and his team will look at 10 varieties of hemp - there are more than 100 - which they will plant both organically and using a more traditional method that involve pesticides.


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