Agriculture and Natural Resources

 Phillip Cox


Phillip Cox is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator in Vermillion County. He is on the Indiana Small Farm Conference team and has served on the Trade Show subcommittee for the past several years. He also coordinates programming that includes such topics as pesticide safety, native plants, invasive species, gardening, natural resources, farming, wildlife management, and forestry.


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Extension Educator - Vermillion County


Bi -State Pasture Management Conference

Bi-State Pasture Management Conference – March 2 Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the Bi-State Pasture Management Conference, at The Beef House Restaurant on Thursday, March 2nd. The conference begins at 10:00 a.m. ET. The conference program includes: • “Are You Prepared for the Grazing Season?” by Dr. Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension Forage Specialist. • “Nutrition and Management During the Grazing Season” by Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension Beef Specialist. • “Office of the Indiana State Chemist Pesticide Rule Update for Applicators” by Adam Tyler, Purdue Extension Educator. The conference includes a Beef House lunch and concludes at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET. The registration fee is $30 (includes lunch) and is payable at the door by cash or check. Pre-registration is required online at . Visit for more information. Education credits are available for Certified Crop Advisors; and Indiana private and commercial applicators. If you have questions or need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kurt Lanzone, Parke County Extension, at (765) 569–3176 or ; or Phil Cox, Vermillion County Extension, at (765)492-5330 or . Purdue University and the University of Illinois are equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institutions.

Bi-State Pasture Management Conference

Parke-Vermillion Master Gardener Basic Training Class Applications due February 21

Everyone that wants to learn all about gardening and volunteer to teach others about gardening, are invited to participate in the Parke-Vermillion Master Gardener Basic Training Class starting on  Monday, March 6th at Montezuma Community Center (800 Jackson St.).  There will be 14 classes that will meet every Monday through June 19th (except March 20 and May 29) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  No previous gardening experience is required.  Space is limited and pre-registration is due by February 21st.


Instructors are Purdue Extension experts that teach classes in plant science, fruit and vegetable gardening, weeds & pesticides, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, soils and plant nutrition, lawn care, pollinator conservation, identification and control of pests, plant diseases, and invasive species.  There is a $140 fee for the training that includes the Purdue Master Gardener Manual plus handouts.  Couples may share materials for a reduced fee of $215.


The Master Gardener Program is one way Purdue Extension puts knowledge to work and helps people grow. First, the Master Gardener Program helps gardeners grow by providing them with intensive education in horticultural principles. Participants, in turn, share their knowledge and help others grow by providing volunteer leadership and service to their communities in educational gardening activities.

An application must be completed and approved before registration can be paid.  For more information and an application, please contact Phil Cox at the Vermillion County Extension office at (765)492-5330 or ; or Kurt Lanzone at the Parke County Extension office at (765)569-3176 or .  Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

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