Our Values

  • CCSI is farmer-focused and farmer-driven;
  • CCSI values knowledge based, farmer-proven solutions;
  • CCSI values the strength of grassroots leadership;
  • CCSI values improving soil health – the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans;
  • CCSI values building an additive, synergistic, systems approach to improving soil health;

Our Vision

CCSI envisions an Indiana:

  • With healthy and productive soils;
  • With clean water;
  • With profitable and resilient agriculture;
  • With healthy, diverse ecosystems;
  • Where our communities embrace a conservation ethic;

Building Resiliency to Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events (drought, floods, etc.) pose challenges to crop production by Indiana’s farmers. Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Dan DeSutter and Blake Vince will be discussing challenges of extreme weather and building resilient crops. This three-day event will take place August 8, 9 & 10. Below are flyers and registration links containing specifics regarding each individual session.


August 8 – Indiana State Fair

August 9 – Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center

August 10 – Mike Starkey’s Farm

Pest and Crop Newsletter

Are you seeing armyworm moths in your cover crops, especially in cereal rye? You’re not alone! There are reports of high armyworm moth counts throughout Indiana, so scouting will be important this season. For information on armyworms and other pests affecting crops, subscribe to the Pest and Crop Newsletter by contacting luck@purdue.edu or subscribe at the bottom of the newsletter. Click the link below to subscribe to the newsletter.

Pest and Crop Newsletter

Visual Media Tools

Facebook Live Video Feed

As of this year, CCSI has began testing live video feed at events. The goal of using Facebook Live is so people who are unable to attend these events or live too far away can still receive information and interact with the speaker through live video feed.

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Do Cover Crops Pay?

A Cover Crop Explosion

From 2011 to 2015, the adoption of cover crops in Indiana grew from just under 200,000 acres to over 1.1 million acres.  Around 11% of Indiana’s crop land was planted to cover crops for the 2016 season (cover crops seeded in fall 2015 for the 2016 cropping season).

Still, much is left to be learned about this important soil health practice.

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