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CCSI Expands Southern Indiana Soil Health Mission
Indiana Ag Connection - 01/11/2019

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative's team recently expanded with the addition of Jessica Hoehn as its Southern Indiana Program Manager.

When not on the road, meeting and working with local partners, Jessica will be based out of the Harrison County USDA-NRCS/Soil and Water Conservation District office. "We're excited to have Jessica on board at CCSI. She not only brings her experience in ag education and watershed management to the table, but Jessica also comes from a southern Indiana farm family. That kind of connectivity is going to help us, as she works with conservation staff to help get more soil health practices on the ground," said CSSI Director Lisa Holscher.

Hoehn grew up in production agriculture. She has a passion for making agriculture both profitable and sustainable. "I hope to continue CCSI's mission, to improve soil health on Indiana cropland. I will work toward providing resources that our partners need as well as developing new partnerships. I am excited to meet everybody I haven't met yet. Hopefully, I can be that resource for them, to help them accomplish their goals. That is why I am here. Hopefully, that makes them more comfortable," Hoehn said.

Since January 2015, Hoehn has been working for the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District as their South Fork-Blue River Watershed Coordinator. "She has a laid-back style, which makes her comfortable to talk with. She doesn't have a stuffy personality that you sometimes get, when you are too far removed from standing in the soil, that is why I think she will be good working for CCSI," Washington County SWCD Chairman Michael Ponsford said.

Hoehn will be working with local SWCDs, Purdue Extension offices, NRCS and other groups in their soil health outreach and education efforts. Please join CSSI in welcoming Jessica into her new role. Jessica may be reached via email at

CCSI is a program of the Indiana Conservation Partnership. ICP is comprised of eight Indiana agencies and organizations who share a common goal of promoting conservation. ICP provides the technical, financial and educational assistance needed to implement economically and environmentally compatible land and water stewardship decisions, practices, and technologies. For more information visit:

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