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Keynote Speaker

photo Sara C. Pryor, Atmospheric Scientist

Jane E. Hardisty, State Conservationist

USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Location: Herman B Wells Library [Map]
Library Conference Room E174
Time: 1:00 pm

For Healthy Food and Clean Water – the Secret is in the Soil.

Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jane Hardisty has served as the State Conservationist of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana for the past 14 years.  In this position, she oversees the agency’s technical assistance and programs available to agricultural landowners and urban residents that help protect the environment and conserve our natural resources through voluntary, private lands conservation.

Jane’s career with NRCS has spanned 40 years starting at the field level and now in leading the agency in Indiana. From 1997 to 2000, she left Indiana to serve as the State Conservationist in Michigan. Over the years, she has completed numerous assignments in Washington, DC where she has served in a variety of leadership positions.  Because of her expertise in administration, programs, and policy development and implementation, Jane has also been appointed to lead many national work teams.  

Jane is a graduate of Ball State University where she studied natural resources, geography and biology.  She lives on the family farm in Hancock County Indiana.  In her spare time Jane loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. 

About the NRCS 

NRCS employees work in every county in Indiana. District conservationists, resource conservationists, wetland conservationists, soil conservationists, soil conservation technicians, engineers, biologists, agronomists, and soil scientists work hand-in-hand with land users to conserve natural resources on private lands.  

NRCS succeeds through its partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of America’s natural resources. Partnerships allow our agency to expand the reach and depth of conservation.

Individually the groups that comprise our conservation partnerships have a diversity of expertise in discipline, location/area, and focus. As partners in conservation, these groups share their unique areas of expertise and conservation work to put more conservation on the land.

List of Indiana NRCS Partners