Statewide Partners

Purdue Extension’s Diversified Farming and Food Systems program partners with many agencies across Indiana. Many of these organizations have resources that can support you as a diversified or beginning farmer, help you link with others in the local food systems, or whether you want to network with other professionals that work in similar areas. Get to know your local organizations and officials to learn about programs they have for people like you and to find ways to connect to others in diversified farming and food systems throughout the state.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

USDA – NRCS is an agency committed to “helping people help the land”— our mission is to help farmers and landowners address their natural resource concerns on their land.  NRCS can develop a conservation plan, a roadmap for identifying concerns and practices to address them.  Financial assistance is also available to help pay for conservation practices.  Additional benefits are available to Small and Organic Farms; Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning and Limited Resource Farmers; and Military Veteran Farmers.  Ensuring productive lands in harmony with a healthy environment is our priority.  Indiana NRCS employees service every county out of the USDA Service Centers, and work closely with the local county Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

ISDA – Indiana Grown

The demand for locally made products is at an all-time high, which is what prompted the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to create Indiana Grown – a statewide branding initiative. By allowing our members to use the Indiana Grown logo on their products, the initiative aims to not only form a clearer designation of which products truly come from Indiana, but to also help Hoosier consumers easily identify and buy these products.The three major components of the initiative include:  Helping Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products,Supporting Indiana processers in their effort to process more Indiana Grown products, Educating consumers on the importance of buying Indiana Grown products.


One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Tel: 317.232.8770
Fax: 317.232.1362

Farm Bureau

Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative – CCSI – spans the organizations of the Indiana Conservation Partnership as well as NGOs, agribusiness, farmers, landowners and others.  Our mission is to advance the adoption of soil health cropping systems and practices across Indiana. We do that by supporting our partner organizations –  through research, providing accurate information, training, helping with workshops. Our strength is our network. Please visit our Soil Health Events calendar to find trainings near you, or feel free to contact us with any questions.



Joe Rorick



SARE and North Central SARE

SARE’s mission is to advance agriculture innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life. Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 5,000 projects with grants for farmers, ranchers, extension agents and educators, researchers, nonprofits, students, communities and others. Click on the SARE logo to apply for grants offered in Indiana.

The SARE Learning Center Online connects you with expert advice and free SARE published materials on your diversified farming needs.

Follow Indiana SARE on Facebook to keep up with sustainable agriculture funding opportunities, events, and resources in your area.


Roy Ballard

SARE Indiana Coordinator, Purdue University Extension

802 N Apple St. Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone: 317.462.1113. Fax: 317.462.2424



Farm Service Agency

Purdue Extension, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-8491

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