NEWS from CCSI / For Release on Friday, July 11, 2014
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For more information, contact:
Lisa Holscher, soil health program manager
CCSI Contacts:  
Hans Kok, Coordinator
Dan Towery, Assistant Coordinator 
Barry Fisher, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist 
Lisa Holscher, Soil Health Program Manager 

CCSI Partners:
"The Power of Soil Biology" 2014 Soil Health Program Offers Strong Lineup of Soil Health Speakers

Muncie, IN - On August 22nd, "The Power of Soil Biology" 2014 Farming for Soil Health Program will bring together a diverse group of producers, agribusiness professionals, and landowners to learn about fundamental practices of soil biology at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

The lineup of speakers on soil health includes Indiana

CCSI farmer Mike Werling plants alternating rows of Oats-Peas and Radish-Crimson Clover as part of his soil health system.
CCSI farmer Mike Werling plants alternating rows of Oats-Peas and Radish-Crimson Clover as part of his soil health system.

NRCS State Soil Health Specialist Barry Fisher, CCSI farmer Mike Werling, and NRCS Conservation Agronomist Ray Archuleta.


"We are thrilled to be hosting Ray Archuleta here in Delaware County. In 2012, I had the privilege of participating in a three-day soil health workshop with Ray and literally came away a changed person. I made it a priority to share his message with producers at home and to find a way to host him here in Muncie," said Michael O'Donnell of Purdue Extension-Delaware County.


The featured speakers all bring valuable experience in soil health to the table. Archuleta has twenty-five years of experience with NRCS in many roles and has taught workshops on soil health and agroecology nationwide. Fisher, in addition to working with the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and the Midwest Cover Crops Council, owns and operates a "never-till" farm in West-Central Indiana. And Werling operates a no-till farm with a three-year crop rotation incorporating cover crops between cash crops, in addition to mentoring others in the ag industry that seek to adopt similar practices on their land.


As Lisa Holscher, CCSI Soil Health Program Manager, explained, "It's exciting to have Ray Archuleta, Barry Fisher, and Mike Werling all on the same program. I first saw a Ray and Barry show about 5 years ago. That was the same event that started Anson Farms to convert their 20,000 acres to 100% no-till and start "small" in cover crops - just a couple thousand acres. And Mike Werling seems to be a media darling - he can explain his farming practices in a way that both a farmer and someone from the city can understand." Topics to be addressed at the event include: 


* Understanding Soil Function 

* Soil Health and Nutrient Cycling 

* Conservation Cropping Systems, Soil Health, and

Water Quality - A Farmer's Perspective 

* Local Faces of the Conservation Partnership 


Further details about the day's agenda can be found at The program will begin at 8:00 am EST, with check-in opening at 7:30 am. It will conclude at 12:30 pm. CEUs for certified crop advisors and CCH credits for commercial applicators have been requested. The event will take place in Heartland Hall at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (1210 N. Wheeling Ave., Muncie, IN 47303). 


"The Power of Soil Biology" 2014 Farming for Soil Health Program is a free event but attendees must reserve their space through the online registration page or by calling Purdue Extension-Delaware County at (765) 747-7732 by August 15. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, prior to the meeting please contact Michael O'Donnell at (765) 747-7732. 


This program is presented as a project of the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative. Additional event partners include Purdue Extension-Delaware County, the USDA NRCS, and the Delaware County SWCD. It is being sponsored by the following organizations: Ran-Del Agri-Services, AgBest, Farm Credit Mid-America, Harvest Land Co-op, Langdon Bros. Seed, Soil First - La Crosse Seed, Byron Seeds, and the CISCO Companies. 


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