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The Power of Soil Biology: 2014 Farming for Soil Health Program

Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

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This event is a project of the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative. Additional event partners include: The National Resource Conservation Service, Purdue Extension-Delaware County, and the Delaware County SWCD.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Ran-Del Agri-Services
  • AgBest
  • Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Harvest Land Co-op
  • Langdon Bros. Seed
  • Soil First – La Crosse Seed
  • Byron Seeds
  • The CISCO Companies

Schedule of Events (All Times Listed as Eastern)

CEUs for certified crop advisors and CCH credits for commercial applicators have been approved.

7:30 -  Check-in Opens

8:00 -  Understanding Soil Function: Ray Archuleta, NRCS

9:20 -  Break

9:30 -  Soil Health and Nutrient Cycling: Barry Fisher, NRCS/CCSI

10:30 - Break

10:40 - Conservation Cropping Systems, Soil Health, and Water Quality - A Farmer’s

            Perspective: Mike Werling, CSSI Farmer 

11:40 - Local Faces of the Conservation Partnership: Lisa Holscher, IASWCD/CCSI

12:00 - Lunch, Informal Networking, and Visit Sponsor Tables


Ray Archuleta is a Conservation Agronomist at the NRCS East National Technology Center, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ray teaches soil health and the principles of agroecology throughout the country. He has 25 years of experience with NRCS and is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America. Ray worked for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist in the Peace Corps. His infectious enthusiasm for soil health has earned him the moniker, Ray the Soils Guy. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Biology.

Barry Fisher is the Indiana NRCS State Soil Health Specialist. He provides technical direction for the NRCS Indiana Soil Health Strategy as well as agronomic training and assistance to NRCS Field Offices. He represents the NRCS in the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. He and his wife Michael own and operate a small “never till” grain and grazed livestock farm in West-Central Indiana. He has a BS degree in Agronomy from Western Kentucky University.

Mike Werling is one of 12 CCSI Farmers. A multi-generation farmer, Werling no-tills with a three-year rotation following corn with soybeans then wheat or oats, all followed with cover crops. This system has resulted in an increase in soil organic matter and an improvement in soil life and health. Werling is dedicated to the promotion of conservation cropping systems – to both farmers and to the non-farming public. Through the Tri-State Watershed Alliance in the Lake Erie Basin, he currently serves as a “mentor” for those in the ag industry seeking to help their clients adopt no-till and cover crop practices. Recently, Werling was featured in Detroit Public TV’s Great Lakes Now Connect Series.


Have questions about The Power of Soil Biology: 2014 Farming for Soil Health Program? Contact Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

When & Where

Heartland Hall, Delaware County Fairgrounds
1210 N Wheeling Ave.
Muncie, IN

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

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Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) is a collaboration between Indiana Conservation Partnership organizations, the agriculture industry and Hoosier farmers. Indiana farmers can meet world production demands by integrating today’s conservation tillage technology with best management practices in nutrient management, pest management and cover crops.

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