The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) recently celebrated a milestone in outreach to Indiana farmers.
CCSI has reached more than 10,000 individuals through 150 technical presentations at seminars, field days and consultations with farmers across the state.
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.
- Use of conservation buffers.
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 include: Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and its 92 SWCDs, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, ISDA Division of Soil Conservation, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, State Soil Conservation Board, USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.