Ivy Tech Receives Grant from NRCS for Regenerative Agriculture Research
By Shelley Swearingen | June 12, 2020
Ivy Tech will receive over half a million dollars in grant money from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a department of the USDA.
The college plans to meet this goal through educating agricultural students that will use these techniques when they begin their farming careers as well as through community outreach events.
“The purpose of the grant is to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices…” – Ivy Tech Agriculture Chair, Craig Bowers
The Ivy Tech Agricultural Program plans to prove these conservation practices (utilizing cover crops and no till/minimum tilling) will increase the productivity, resilience, and health of the soil. Increasing soil productivity boosts crop yields thus inflating financial gains to farmers.
Thanks to another grant to Ivy Tech Community College through WHIN, the college has sensors placed in fields to help measure data that students will then analyze to see how these conservation practices are affecting the crops.
The first field day for local ag producers isn’t planned until 2021. You can follow Ivy Tech Community College Agriculture-Lafayette on Facebook to stay up to date on all events.
Here at Geswein Farm & Land, we value our strong ties to the local farming community. Agricultural producers, farmers, ranchers, and foresters are the lifeblood of the country, and we see it as our duty to stay informed on best practices and new conservation methods. To find out what your land is worth, discuss what’s for sale in the area, assistance in finding a farm tenant, or to just ‘talk land’, call #yourlandman Johnny Klemme. Johnny is available by phone at 765.427.6119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.