Indiana Association of
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

News from the IASWCD 


For release: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Note to media: you are encouraged to attend either of these workshops.
Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative sponsors upcoming soil health workshops Feb. 5 and 7

Indianapolis - Upcoming workshops sponsored by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) on February 5 or 7 will introduce Indiana farmers to the initiative's plans to advance soil health through effective partnerships, trained staff and volunteers.
CCSI offers two Soil Health Partnership (At Their Best!) workshops February 5 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
As the Initiative further develops a road map at the local and regional level in Indiana for better soil health, they have invited North Dakota Burleigh County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service partners to share their dynamic conservation planning story. These individuals will tell how they have developed one of the most successful soil health programs in the country.
The agenda includes:
  • 9 a.m. Manage Soil Health at the Local Level, Jay Fuhrer District Conservationist, Burleigh County, NRCS, North Dakota
    Gabe Brown, Producer, SWCD Supervisor, Burleigh County, North Dakota 
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 a.m. Indiana Soil Health Regional Hubs, Lisa Holscher, CCSI Soil Health Program Manager;
    Eileen Kladivco, Purdue Professor of Agronomy;
    Jordan Seger, ISDA Program Manager
  • 1:30 p.m. Indiana NRCS Soil Health Strategy
  • 2 p.m. Local Panel of Farmers, SWCD Supervisors, DCs, ISDA, and other soil health leaders
  • 3 p.m. Next Steps 
The targeted audience for this workshop is NRCS District Conservationists, SWCD supervisors and staff, Indiana State Department of Agriculture staff and Purdue Extension Ag Educators. Other Indiana Conservation Partnership staff are welcome to attend as time and space allow. Pre-registration is required by January 29



The February 5 workshop will be held (north) at the Tipton County Fairgrounds, Lily Hall, Tipton, IN. The February 7 workshop will be (south) held at McCormick's Creek State Park, Spencer, IN. For more information or a registration form, contact Liz Rice.


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Contact:  Lisa Holscher
Soil Health Program Manager, 812, 890-3631
IASWCD Officers


President: Jeff Meinders


Vice President:
Paul Cummings


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Bobby Hettmansperger




North-NW: Larry Strole


South-NW: Mike Starkey


North-NE: Tom Crowe 


South-NE: Troy Hattery


North-SW: Les Zimmerman


South-SW: Jim Droege 


North-SE: Mike Schwab


South-SE: Brad Ponsler




Executive Director:

Jennifer Boyle Warner


Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman


Project Assistant: Liz Rice  

Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler



About CCSI:


The Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative   (CCSI) promotes a systematic approach to production agriculture focusing on: 

  1. Continuous no-till/strip-till
  2. Cover crops
  3. Precision farming
  4. Nutrient and pest management

This will result in improved soil quality, water quality 
and profitability on Indiana cropland.





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