Organizations and programs involved in small farm work in Indiana

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service
Description: Provides websites, programs, publications, workshops, speakers, bulletins, field days, etc. 1-888-398-4636

Purdue University Sustainable Agriculture
Description: Provides website, publications, and training programs.
Rick Foster

Indiana Agriculture Organizations
Description: Contact information for various agriculture organizations in Indiana.

Indiana Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture
Description: The mission of the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture is to: promote Indiana agriculture, rural development and sustainable communities through partnership building.

The OCA umbrella of initiatives include programs and services under:
Indiana Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency Indiana Land Resources Council is made up of farm families across the state of Indiana who feel the internet is a great way to reach customers. These men and women have come together to form this website to make it easier for people to find and purchase products direct from the farm.

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Description: Each county in Indiana has a soil and water conservation district (SWCD). They are joined by their state association, the Indiana Association of SWCDs, Inc. Indiana's conservation districts are structured for local leadership.
Committees at all levels address natural resource education, forestry, and wildlife, soil and water resources, district operations, marketing, ways and means, and legislative issues.
225 S. East Street, Suite 740
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indiana Certified Organic
Description: Information regarding the certification process, rules, and regulations.
Indiana Certified Organic
8364 South SR 39
Clayton, IN 46118

Indiana Organic Agriculture Resource Page

Indiana Farm Bureau
Description: Provide services to farmers and their families and communities across the state. These services include educational and outreach programs, as well as, providing opportunities to promote change in agriculture through government involvement.

Sustainable Earth

Funding Sources

Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs -

Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service -

USDA Rural Development Agency in Indiana -

Indiana Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture -

Additional Purdue Agriculture Websites

Ag Answers: Business and Science of Agriculture

Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center

Indiana Agriculture Statistics Service

New Ventures in Food and Agriculture for Indiana

Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Purdue NewCROPTM On-line Resource

Purdue Fruit and Vegetable Connection

Purdue FarmMARKET

Vegetable Insects and Their Management

Fruit Insects and Their Management

Purdue Floriculture Extension

Indiana Custom Rates

Purdue Animal Sciences Species Information Pages

Greg Hunt's Bee Hive (Beekeeping Information)

Purdue Agricultural and Biological Engineering Extension

Purdue Agricultural Economics Extension

Purdue Agronomy Extension

Purdue Weed Science

Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets

Purdue Food Science Outreach

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Extension

Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine

Indiana Private Pesticide Applicator Program

Indiana Climate Page

Purdue University Extension Publications -


Indiana Agriculture in Transition

Setting Up a Home-Based Business

Income Enhancement Strategies for Farmers -

Emerging Issues (Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business Newsletter - subscription form)

Purdue Vegetable Crops Hotline (A newsletter for commercial vegetable growers)

Purdue Pest and Crop Newsletter (Up-to-date information on pests)

Purdue Facts For Fancy Fruit (Newsletter for Fruit Growers)

Illinois and Purdue Weekly Outlook Newsletter

On Your Mark (Bi-monthly newsletter of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts)

Regular Events (annual workshops, field days, tours, etc.)
Crop Management Workshops - January - the Purdue University Pest Management Program educates crop producers in the areas of: disease, insect, and weed updates and control strategies; infield diagnostic approaches; and, state and federal pesticide regulations.
Contact: John Obermeyer, phone: (765)494-4563
Rich Edwards, phone (765)494-4562

Farming Together Workshop - January - This workshop provides valuable information and answers questions on the issues involved with bringing someone into the operation. The workshop provides an opportunity for you, your son, daughter, or partner to begin making decisions together as to the future of the farming operation.
Contact: Alan Miller, phone: (765)494-4203
Craig Dobbins, phone: (765) 494-9041

Farm Management Tour - June - annual tour of outstanding Indiana farms with Purdue Cooperative Extension Educators serving as guides and sponsored by the Indiana Farm Management Association.
Contact: Alan Miller, phone: (765)494-4203

Illiana Vegetable Grower's School - January - provides valuable information to vegetable growers in both Indiana and Illinois regarding such issues as: pesticide regulations, seedling diseases, insect management, etc.
Contact: Liz Maynard, phone: (219)785-5673

Indiana Horticulture Congress - January - The IHC is an annual event sponsored by several Indiana horticultural associations, the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. The continuing success of the Congress is due to the people around the state who work hard to meet your commercial requirements, and to the strength of the educational programs and trade show. The programs will help you improve your business performance by providing you with updates on production practices, pesticides, food safety, produce quality, specialty crops, market opportunities, and other new concepts. There are several concurrent sessions that have been scheduled so that subjects geared to particular interest groups run consecutively. On the IHC web page you will find information on events, schedules of the educational programs, and forms that you will need to register and make hotel reservations. Exhibitors will also find information about the trade show, including the exhibit space application and the hotel forms and maps. You can visit us at

Farm Management for the 21st Century - A self-study course on farm financial analysis, strategic management, Indiana farmland values and cash rents, balancing work and family, improving communications, coping with stress, goal setting and decision making, and other topics.

Top Farmer Crop Workshop - July - challenges farmers to make the most of their farm through education concerning management and production, while allowing them to interact with some of the Midwest's most innovative producers.

Other Small Farm Resources
Indiana Department of Workforce Development -

Indiana Farm Service Agency -

Indiana Secretary of State: Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business in Indiana -

Indiana Small Business Development Center -

Ohio Valley Direct Marketing Conference - contact: Roy Ballard

Heart of America Grazing Conference - contact: Allen Ullom

Northern Indiana Grazing Conference - contact: Dona Hunter
Steve Engleking

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