There's a reason why Indiana Farm Bureau holds its drainage school every year. There's also a reason why it often sells out early. Drainage is a big deal in this part of the world, and when drainage doesn't work right, issues arise, often between farmers and neighbors, and sometimes between farmers and farmers.
Do you know how county drains are funded? Do you know if you can be forced to pay for a tile that doesn't even cross your property directly? How will new rules from EPA affect drainage decisions in your area? These are just some of the questions likely to be answered at this year's Indiana Farm Bureau drainage school.
The seminar is Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Indiana Farm Bureau building in Indianapolis. That's two months off, but Mindy Reef, communications specialist at Indiana Farm Bureau, advises signing up now if you want a guaranteed spot. Registration runs until Aug. 7, or until the room capacity is met, whichever comes first.
Cost for registration is $50. Each person attending will get a flash drive containing all the information presented during the day. You can also get a hard copy of presentation for an additional $25.
Topics to be discussed this year include how joint drainage boards operate, an update on wetlands law, plus an update on state regulations related to drainage and water issues.
There will be discussion of the recent rule issued by EPA, commonly referred to as Waters of the United States, or WOTUS. Removal of obstructions that can affect drainage and whether it is effective or not is another hot topic expected to be discussed.
Levee maintenance and regulations are an issue in parts of Indiana, and it will be on the agenda as well.
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