Indiana Farm Bureau hosts annual Drainage School seminar

Molly Zentz

(Indianapolis) – August 24, 2017 – Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its annual Drainage School, a seminar focused on Indiana drainage issues, at the INFB headquarters on Wednesday. Attendees included Hoosier farmers, public officials, agency personnel, attorneys and interested members of the public.

The seminar promotes an understanding of the laws and regulations that control drainage to help attendees better understand the laws impacting drainage decisions. This year’s program featured speakers on drainage litigation and resolution, dam ownership and responsibility, planning for drainage boards and more. Below is a full list of speakers and here is a link to the seminar materials:

  • Litigation and Regulation Update
    • Brianna Schroeder, Janzen Ag Law

  • Dam Ownership and Responsibility
    • Ken Smith, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • State and Federal Permitting of Drainage Improvements
    • Jason Randolph, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
    • George Bowman, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
    • Darrin Miller, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • Classification of Drainage Systems
    • Bob McCullouch, Purdue LTAP
    • Jarrod Hahn, Wells County Surveyor

  • Strategic Planning for Drainage Boards
    • Kerry Daily, Christopher B. Burke Engineering
    • Siavash Beik, Christopher B. Burke Engineering

  • IFA Loan Programs
    • William D. Harkins, Jr., Indiana Finance Authority
    • Lisa A. Lee, Ice Miller

  • Drainage Board Dos and Don’ts
    • Richard A. Vermillion, Knox County Surveyor
    • Jay Poe, Huntington County Surveyor
    • Kenneth Hedge, Boone County surveyor
    • Kent Ward, Hamilton County Surveyor – Moderator

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

Indiana Farm Bureau believes that it takes education to be successful. 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. 


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