Indiana Association of 
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

News from the IASWCD

For release: Friday, February 15, 2013
Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative 
Manage Soil Health and Maximize Profits

Indianapolis - How does a farmer manage soil health to maximize profit and increase production, all while protecting the land?


National and local experts will lead upcoming workshops

Farmers interested in registering for the March 13, 15 or 22 workshop should use the online registration form. Up to 50 farmers will be accepted for each workshop on a first-come basis. 

for Indiana farmers March 13, 15 and 22 to provide answers to these questions. They'll discuss ways to make conservation cropping systems more successful on your farm.


The outcomes will be two-fold:    

  1. To help farmers adopt practices that lead to improved soil health throughout their farming operation; and 
  2. To provide opportunities for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff to take what they learned and brush up on delivery skills for future workshops in their home districts.              


Lisa Holscher, soil health program manager for the Lisa Holscher Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, says the purpose behind these workshops is simple. "When we focus our attention on soil health and educate farmers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we are helping Indiana farmers feed the world more profitably and sustainably."


Workshop dates are locations are:

  • March 13: Vincennes University, Jasper Campus, 850 College Ave., Jasper and March 15: Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4425 East 350 North, Butlerville. These two Conservation Cropping Systems workshops focus on:
    • How soil characteristics affect a successful conservation cropping system
    • Introduction to biological soil tests 
    • Tuning in nutrient management for no-till and cover crop systems
    • Equipment adjustments and systems
    • Seeding methods, management, and termination considerations for cover crops   
  • March 22: Diagnostic Training Center, Purdue Agronomy Research Center, 4540 U.S. 52, West Lafayette. This Cover Crop Training workshop highlights:
    • How to use the Midwest Cover Crop Selections Tool and Cover Crop Pocket Guide to choose cover crops and mixes for specific benefits
    • Nutrient management adaptations for cover crop systems
    • Insect management in cover crop systems
    • Terminating cover crops and herbicide carryover considerations
    • Hands-on evaluation and identification of cover crop species and mixes.

The cost for each workshop is $20 which includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is required no later than one week before each workshop. Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. Each session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. 


Farmers and landowners who wish to learn about practices that can improve soil health throughout their farming operation are encouraged to attend. Up to 50 individuals may attend. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Contact: Lisa Holscher, Soil Health Program Manager
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




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