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Soil, Nutrients & How Funding Available in Benton & Warren County are improving the bottom line for area farmers & landowners.

The Trend to Prevent Ag Farm Regulation in the Big Pine Watershed.

Year after year, regulation is a topic that makes the headlines. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, the Corn belt states of Indiana, Illinois & Iowa play a key role in the future of agriculture regulation.

Extensive studies are underway here in Benton & Warren County to measure the amount of nitrate runoff in our local ditches, streams & watersheds. Several area farmers and landowners in the Big Pine Watershed are voluntarily taking part in nitrate runoff practices intended to prevent future regulation & all the while boost the bottom line to their operation by way of soil health.

Growing interest from local & absentee landowners to improve soil health in conjunction with keeping nutrients on the farm is increasing annually.

“Cover crops are the way to protect our ground for future generations.” – Steve Wallpe, Benton County, Indiana farmer


From increased yields & better soil health, to a reduction of input costs, there are many economic benefits to participating in the Big Pine Watershed project.

Several programs & funding are available for:

  • Cover crops
  • Nutrient Managment
  • No-till & Strip Till
  • Bio reactors
  • Two Stage ditches
  • and more


Find out how local farmers & landowners are already receiving funding to reduce nitrate runoff & learn how many dollars you can get by contacting Leslie Fisher at the Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) office at (765)-884-0660.

The Big Pine Watershed Project is currently a voluntary program that landowners & farmers can sign up for today. Depending on the location of your land, there are a variety of programs you may qualify for to get funding that will reduce nitrate runoff & improve the health of your #1 Asset – your land.