Indiana State Department of Agriculture was created in 2005 by Governor Mitch Daniels. The Administration's vision is that Indiana will be a global leader in innovation and commercialization of food, fuel and fiber production. To meet that vision, the mission of the State Department of Agriculture is to support continued growth in Indiana agriculture and we intend to do so by devoting our resources to initiatives under three strategies: advocacy, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship.
The Ag Technology and Environmental Stewardship Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, founded by the Iowa Soybean Association to allow partnerships between industry, government and the scientific community to conduct research and educational programs intended to evaluate and demonstrate technologies that can help farmers succeed agronomically, economically, and environmentally. ATESF goals include increasing producer and consumer understanding of agriculture, disseminating information about agricultural technology and its link to environmental stewardship, and presenting the facts about agriculture and its impact on the environment completely and without bias, so that the growers and the general public can see the truth and act or react accordingly.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and 10 appointed farmer, industry, and government representatives.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA's 950 dues-paying members.
Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to finding the ways that work. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. Guided by science, Environmental Defense Fund evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair. In our work on agriculture, EDF seeks to collaborate with farmers and agricultural partners to identify and advance solutions to pressing conservation challenges in ways that enhance the economic viability of agriculture itself and work on the ground.
Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. We provide information and expertise that's available in the form you want, when you want it. That's Purdue Extension, Indiana's home team advantage.
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and our local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) share a single mission: to coordinate assistance from available sources - public and private, local, state and federal - in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns. Across Indiana, 92 SWCDs - one in every county - help Indiana residents to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources that encompass our state's 23 million acres.
The Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) promotes a systematic approach to production agriculture focusing on: continuous no-till/strip-till, cover crops, precision farming, and nutrient and pest management. This will result in improved soil quality, water quality and profitability on Indiana cropland. The CCSI is a resource for the 92 Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts to carry out their conservation cropping systems goals and objectives.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service was established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change.