2016 Fall Annual Meeting

From the Wabash to the Gulf, Connecting Conservation to Healthy Wildlife Habitat

Indiana is part of the Mississippi River basin and has been identified as one of the states contributing the most excess nitrogen (11 percent) to the Gulf of Mexico creating oxygen‐free dead zones. The changes people make in Indiana can make a difference in the Gulf. The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts, US Fish and Wildlife, and Indiana Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Management and Natural Resources are working with farmers, landowners and others along the Wabash River to restore soil health and Floodplain forests and install conservation practices that make a difference. Join us to see how what we are doing along the Wabash River ultimately impacts the dolphins at the Indy Zoo!

More information can be found here.

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2015 FALL MEETING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Protecting, Enhancing and Restoring Native Pollinator Habitat

Pollinators are in trouble due to loss and degradation of habitat, natural disease, predation, pesticides, herbicides and adverse weather. As conservation professionals we often work with private landowners who are seeking to provide, improve or restore habitat.

Speakers included Hamilton Heath, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Jane Hardisty, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; John Foster, Wessleman Woods; Cris Hochwender, PhD, University of Evansville; Pam Locker, Oaklyn Meadow; and Deborah Schade, Oaklyn Meadow.

Click here for the flyer

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2014 Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting

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Topics (below are links to the presentations)

-Soil—Aggregate Stability and Microbes 

-Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

-Using Plants and a Soil System for Regenerative Agriculture

-Plus, a hands on, up close and personal look at microbes and a tour of sustainable practices on the BSU campus.

Discussions will include habitat needs for crop-pollinating bees and other beneficial insects; how activities above the ground affect life below the soil’s surface; how microorganisms work; growing healthier crops and improving farm economics by regenerating soil health; and testing for soil health.

Speakers include Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, NRCS; Jessi Ghezzi, Soil Science Professor, Ball State University; John Graveel, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University; Mace Vaughan, Director, Pollinator Conservation Program, The Xerces Society; and Gary Reding, Farming Consultant, Advancing Eco Ag.

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2013 Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting

Conservation Economics and New Technology to Improve Soil Health

Click here for the Hoosier Chapter-November Workshop-2013 Flyer

Click below for presentations from the Soil Health Symposium:

Corn Breeding Technology and Traits Preview, Kevin Cavanaugh, Beck’s Hybrids

Conservation Economics, Lauren Cartwright, Economist, NRCS, Missouri

Economics and Data on the Installation of Conservation Field Borders, Rob Chapman, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Purdue University

Precision Agriculture to Precision Conservation, Tom Buman, Agren Inc.

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2012 Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting

Indiana Soil Health Symposium – The Economics and Benefits of Soil Health

Click here for Soil Health Symposium 2012 Program.

Click below for presentations from the Soil Health Symposium:

Soil Microbiology, Dr. Kristine Nichols, ARS Soil Microbiologist

Economics of Soil Health, Felix Spinelli, NRCS (Retired) Economist

Vincennes University Economics of Soil Health Research Project, Susan Brocksmith, AgriBusiness Program Chair

Robison Farms Dave and Don Robison, Greenwood Farmers

Southwest Indiana Soil Health Efforts, Kevin Allison, Daviess County SWCD Conservation Technician

On Farm Network Research, Jordan Seger, ISDA Program Manager; Dan Perkins, Jasper County SWCD Conservation Programs Specialist

We would like to thank our sponsors.