Indiana CCA Conference 2018 Presentation



Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
11:00am to 11:50am


Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
4:00pm to 4:50pm


The Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA) is dedicated to keeping Indiana at the forefront of proactive nutrient management and soil health practices that improve farm viability and, ultimately, reduce nutrient loss to water.

Aggressive nutrient reduction targets have been set nationally in waterways Indiana’s croplands drain to, like the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake Erie Basin. Across the state, a large number of public and private sector agencies and organizations are working toward the same goal — reducing nutrient loss and improving water quality. IANA will focus on bridging the multi-partner efforts to create practical, cohesive and significant effect across Indiana.

In this session, Ben Wicker will provide an overview of the newly formed Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance, updates on the State Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and how agriculture can move forward to proactively address challenges in a voluntary way


Ben Wicker

Executive Director
Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance

Ben Wicker is the executive director of the recently formed Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA), a partnership of agriculture groups, government agencies, conservation organizations and academia working to improve soil health and nutrient management practices on Indiana farms. Before assuming this role, Wicker held positions as an independent crop consultant and agronomist, and spent time with Indiana Pork Producers as the director of producer outreach. Most recently, Wicker held the position of agribusiness specialist at The Nature Conservancy where he worked with agribusinesses to expand services that promote nutrient management and soil health. Wicker holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and crop science from Purdue University and is an active member of his family’s diversified grain, forage and cattle operation in east central Indiana.