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.
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.
Contact: Jerry Raynor
(IASWCD) works at a state level to promote and enhance conservation. We do this through legislative advocacy, public outreach, and supporting our member Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in their local work. The IASWCD represents the interests of local Districts as one voice, and assists their leadership through coordination and education for the wise use and management of our natural resources.
Contact: Joe Schmees
Phone: (317) 692 -7325
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
Phone: (317) 232-8770
At Indiana Farm Bureau, we have a vision to keep agriculture in Indiana strong and vibrant, to provide quality food to Indiana residents and to protect the rural life we love. Today, we are the largest grassroots farm organization in the state with more than 250,000 members. With offices in all 92 counties, we're your neighbor, your expert, your voice.
Contact: Chelsea Poe
Phone: (317) 727-3654
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.
Contact: Joe Rorick
Phone: (765) 496-0503
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.
Contact: Lais McCartney
SARE Indiana Coordinator, Purdue University Extension
Phone: (317) 462-1113
The Indiana AgrAbility Project is a USDA-sponsored program that assists farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. The website includes information and resources about spinal cord injuries, amputations, arthritis, back impairments, and behavioral health issues. Indiana AgrAblity includes information about their services, eligibility, resources, and there Bridging Horizons Community Service project.