June 20, 2024

Kettler, Rice to serve on board

Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance sets priorities

INDIANAPOLIS — Two new board members were appointed at Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance this year.

Bruce Kettler, CEO and president of Agribusiness Council of Indiana, and Liz Rice, executive director of Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will serve on the board.

The organization unites government, university and commodity groups across Indiana to promote soil and water quality on Hoosier farmland.

IANA also set its goals and priorities for 2023.

“This year, we want to reach even more Indiana farmers with information about soil management and health practices and programs and opportunities available to them,” said Ben Wicker, IANA executive director.

2023 Priorities

• Keep it Midwest: The Keep it Midwest campaign educates Indiana farmers on production practices that conserve soil and reduce nutrient loss to water.

• Cover crop discount program: The organization extended the Cover Crop Premium Discount Program to farmers in more Indiana counties. The program, which provides participating farmers a $5 per acre discount on their following season’s crop insurance invoice when they grow soil-preserving cover crops, now covers 29 counties in central, east-central and southern Indiana.

• 4R: Lastly, the organization supports the Agribusiness Council of Indiana’s 4R certification program. 4-R Certification is voluntary program for ACI members that encourages agricultural retailers and independent crop consultants to help their farmers adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs — using the right source of nutrients at the right rate and right time in the right place.

Learn more about IANA at inagnutrients.org.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor