Monday, June 10, 2013

Getting to Know ISDA's Resource Specialists

By Linda Powell, Resource Specialist

Linda Powell spent 15 years working on her vegetable and flower produce farm in western Vanderburgh county and finished a degree from USI in 2005 completing a BS in Biology with an emphasis in plant science.   Before taking the resource specialist position with Indiana State Dept of Agriculture, she spent two and a half years in Gibson county as a watershed coordinator for the district working on 319 grants for BMP installation.  Linda serves clients in South West Indiana Gibson, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties.

Jamen Frederick is the newest addition to Indiana State Dept of Agriculture's list of Resource Specialists in the Southwest area of the state.  Jamen grew up on his family’s farm in Pike County and he is very involved in the family business.  

He graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Ag business and finds time to assist his dad with farming operations.   They had planted rye and crimson clover cover crop with ISDA Emergency Drought Assistance

 As you can see in these pictures, he is planting into cover crop that has gotten about 4 feet tall because of left over nitrogen and wet conditions.  It had been sprayed 3 days before and he started planting on May 14th.   

Jamen is also an accomplished hunter and fisherman with bow fishing being one of his specialties.  We are very proud to have Jamen with us on the Indiana Conservation Partnership team here in the Southwest.   His dedication and passion for working with ag production and natural resources is a great asset to our team

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