Tour Agenda

Building Bridges:
Indiana's Past, Present and Future in Conservation Agriculture

Through conservation partnerships, bringing people together and sharing information, CTIC helps build bridges to advance conservation. Those bridges connect policymakers to farmers, agriculture to its non-farm neighbors, and the many links in a value chain that reaches from heartland farms all the way to the consumer. The bridges also connect the past, present and future in Indiana’s productive and diverse agriculture industry.
September 5
3:00 – 5:00 pm Pre-registration – Purdue Union Club Hotel
4:30 - 5:30 pm Optional Tour – Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center field phenotyping facility, Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE)
5:30 – 7:00 pm Evening Social – ACRE
September 6
7:00 am Registration and Box Breakfast Pick-up – Purdue Union
7:30 am Depart Purdue Union
8:00 – 9:30 am
Purdue Dairy – West Lafayette, Indiana
Managing manure and nutrients to protect water quality
  • Nutrient recycling strategies and management plan
  • Herd/dairy management and research
10:00 am –
1:00 pm
Muller Farm – Oxford, Indiana
Drainage water management
  • Big Pine Creek watershed project
  • Drainage water management system
  • Absentee landowner
Lunch (Muller Farm)
1:30 – 3:00 pm
DeSutter Farm – Attica, Indiana
Fundamentals of soil health
  • Principles of a soil health system
  • Agronomic and economic benefits of soil health
  • Soil pit and rainfall simulator demonstration
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Cox Farm – Lafayette, Indiana
Managing for soil health
  • Nutrient use efficiency
  • Grazing management in a soil health system
  • Innovative equipment for conservation systems
5:30 – 7:30 pm  
Dinner at Wabash & Erie Canal Park – Delphi, Indiana
8:00 pm Arrive back at Purdue Union
The 2017 Conservation in Action Tour is hosted by CTIC with the support of Bayer CropScience, John Deere, Monsanto and The Fertilizer Institute.