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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative celebrates a milestone in outreach to Indiana farmers   

Indianapolis --  The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) recently celebrated a milestone in outreach to Indiana farmers. CCSI  has reached over 10,000 individuals through 150
technical presentations at seminars, field days and consultations with farmers across the state. 

CCSI Coordinator Hans Kok speaks to farmers at a Henry County field day.

Their message to farmers: "A sustainable cropping system is a management strategy that protects our natural resources and improves

our soils."


CCSI was established by the Indiana Conservation Partnership in 2009. Team coordinators Hans Kok and Dan Towery, and Barry Fisher, NRCS state agronomist, promote a systematic approach to production agriculture. They encourage the adoption of long-term continuous no-till practices along with:    

  • cover crops,
  • nutrient and pest management,
  • precision-farming technology, and the  
  • use of conservation buffers.   


Oilseed radish cover crop.

The end result is to show producers how these best management practices improve soil health, water quality and can positively impact a producer's profitability.  


For more information on the initiative, visit the Conservation Cropping System Initiative website.  


Members of the Indiana Conservation Partnership 


For information contact:

Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative
Hans Kok


Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative
Dan Towery
Assistant Coordinator
Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative

NRCS State Agronomist

Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts 


President: Ray McCormick
, Knox Co.

Vice President: Jeff Meinders, Ripley Co.

Secretary: Paul Cummings, Owen Co.
Treasurer: Jamie Scott, Kosciusko Co. 

Region Directors: 


North-NW: Larry Strole, Newton Co.

South-NW: Mike Starkey, Hendricks Co.

North-NE: Tom Crowe, Allen Co.

South-NE: Bobby Hettmansperger, Wabash Co. 

North-SW: Les Zimmerman, Vermillion Co. 

South-SW: Jim Droege, Posey Co.  

North-SE: Mike Schwab, Franklin Co.

South-SE: Brad Ponsler, Jennings Co. 



IASWCD Staff: 


Executive Director: Jennifer Boyle Warner, 317.692.7519   

Conservation Development Specialist

Janice Bullman, 317.692.7514

Project Assistant: Liz Rice, 317.692.7325  

Communications Manager
DeeDee Sigler, 317.692.7374