Indiana Farm Bureau hosts annual Drainage School seminar

Molly Zentz

Drainage School_Speaker_Siavash Beik(Indianapolis) – August 23, 2018 – Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its annual Drainage School at the INFB headquarters on Wednesday. The seminar, “Understanding Laws that Impact Drainage Decisions,” promoted an understanding of the laws and regulations that control drainage to help attendees make more informed drainage decisions.

More than 100 Hoosier farmers, public officials, agency personnel, attorneys and interested members of the public were in attendance.  

This year’s program included sessions on railroads and drainage easements, drainage in INDOT rights-of-way, legally removing obstructions, licensing requirements for maintenance spraying, and federal permitting requirements. Below is a full list of speakers and topics:

  • Licensing Requirements for Maintenance Spraying
    • Andy Roth, Office of Indiana State Chemist
  • A Federal Funding Opportunity for Drainage Projects
    •  Joe Miller, Banning Engineering
    • Jennifer Bullock, USDA Rural Development
    • Rochelle Owen, USDA Rural Development
  • Railroads and Drainage Easements
    •  John Duffey, Stuart & Branigin 
  • Drainage in INDOT Rights-of-Way
    •  Mark Tidd, Indiana Department of Transportation
    • Mark Bailey,Indiana Department of Transportation
  • The Revised Rule 5
    • Randy Braun, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
    • Sara Lamkin, Indiana Department of Environmental Management  
  • Legally Removing Obstructions
    •  Ken Hedge, Boone County Surveyor
    • Bob Clutter, Boone County attorney
    • Mark Thornburg, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.
  • Lessons Learned in Permitting for the Yellow River Pilot Project
    • Bob Barr, IUPUI CEES
    • Siavash Beik, Christopher B. Burke Engineering (pictured above)
  • Federal Permitting Requirements for Impacts to Wetlands
    • Andrea Schaller, Environmental Protection Agency
    • Yone Yu, Environmental Protection Agency (pictured below)
    • Laban Lindley, Army Corps of Engineers

Drainage School_Speaker_Yone Yu_EPA“At Indiana Farm Bureau, we believe that it takes education to be successful,” said Randy Kron, INFB president. “That’s especially true in agriculture. That’s why we host events like Drainage School for our members and anyone else who’s interested in expanding their knowledge on a particular subject.”

To assist in the education process, INFB offers seminars on a variety of topics in addition to Drainage School. Some of the topics include estate and succession planning, campaign management, candidate surfacing and mineral rights. 

The event was sponsored by INFB, Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, Association of Indiana Counties, Indiana Association of County Commissioners, County Surveyors Association of Indiana, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program.

Continuing education credits were earned for attorneys and surveyors who attended.


About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at