What is CCSI?

A Brief History about Indiana’s Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

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CCSI was launched in 2009 with funding from the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Indiana State Soil Conservation Board. Two project coordinators, Hans Kok and Dan Towery, were hired and an Oversight Committee was established. The Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) administers the Initiative. In mid-2012, IASWCD received grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant program that will fund it for the next three years. Find more information on the program funded by this grant, called “Conservation Cropping Systems for Soil Health and Productivity.”

Accomplishments – 2014

  • Conducted numerous soil health related events:
    • 12 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Farmer Events with over 600 attendees
    • 2 Intro to Soil Health for 50 attendees
    • 4 advanced soil health trainings for over 200 ICP partners and Ag professionals
    • Presentation and media skills training for 40 attendees
    • 25 additional field days with over 1,700 attendees
    • Concerted outreach effort to CCAs and Ag Professionals commenced
  • Provided one-on-one technical assistance to 44 individuals
  • Soil Health Investigations:
    • Replicated strip trials on 17 sites totaling 148 strips
    • Over 1,200 aggregated samples pulled
    • Over 50 people involved in helping to pull samples
    • Participation in USDA-ARS study on Soil Health Nutrient Tool (Rick Haney, ARS Temple Texas)