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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Purdue Extension

Extension Educator - Vermillion County



 Bi-State Garden Conference, Tuesday, February 27, 11am – 2pm EST at The Beef House, Covington, IN Rescheduled from January 23; Please note the change in start/end times too!

It's not too early to make plans for your garden and join Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension for the annual Bi-State Garden Conference, at The Beef House Restaurant’s Banquet Hall, Covington, on Tuesday, February 27th.  University experts will share valuable knowledge to get this year's growing season off on the right track.  The conference begins at 11:00 a.m. ET and includes:

  • Jumping Worms – Robert Bruner, Purdue Extension Entomology Exotic Forest Pest Specialist
  • Difficult Weed Management: 5 Weeds to Know – Michelle Wiesbrook, Illinois Extension Weed Science Specialist
  • Organic Lawn Care – Dr. Lee Miller, Purdue Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Pathologist
  • Greenhouse Production of Landscape Plants – Kelly Allsup, Illinois Extension Horticulture 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 with cash or check. For more information and to pre-register (preferably by Jan. 19) visit  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.


Indiana Flower & Patio Show, March 9 – 17, Indiana State Fairgrounds

Be sure to visit with Parke-Vermillion Master Gardener Association member at the Purdue Extension MG Booth on March 9th and 17th!




Putnam County Garden Fair, March 16th, 9 am - 3 pm,

Putnam Co. Fairgrounds, 191 N. US HWY 231, Greencastle, IN


- Fertilizer: Correct Usage & Impact - 10:00 am

- Gardening Panel Discussion - 11:30 am

- Permaculture & Edible Landscaping - 1:30 pm



West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop starts March 21 (schedule/registration form is attached to this email)

The West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop starts on Thursday, March 21st and will continue for a total of ten afternoon classes, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, on Thursdays through May 23.  The Indiana Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources with the mission to bring together natural resources specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife, and promote volunteer service within the State of Indiana.  For more information about the Indiana Master Naturalist program see .

The West Central IMN Workshop will rotate between Parke (Turkey Run State Park Nature Center), Vigo (Dobbs Park Nature Center) and Vermillion (Clinton Public Library) Counties.  Classes include: Rachel Carson & the Wonder of Nature, How Not to Become a Lost or Stranded Hiker, Geology of Indiana & Turkey Run State Park, Indiana’s Subterranean Biota, Creating a New Generation of Bat Advocates, Wildlife & Birds of Indiana Forests, Magnificent Trees of Indiana, Oaks in Indiana, Fresh Water Mussel Conservation, Indiana Wetlands & Fish Shocking Demo, Indiana’s Natural Landscape, Spring Wildflowers, Patterns of Nature at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House, and Meet an Indiana Conservation Officer.  There will be a few short hikes (some with steps) associated with the presentations as time and weather permit.

Presenters include Henry Loope (Indiana Geological & Water Survey), Mike Homoya (Indiana Division of Nature Preserves (retired)), Frederick Davis, Lenny Farlee, Jessica Outcalt, Ron Rathfon, and Phil Cox (all Purdue University), Jenny Fansler (Turkey Run State Park), Tracy Alderson (Advanced IMN), Jerry Lewis (Lewis & Assoc. Biological Consulting), Brant Fisher & Brad Westrich (Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife), Carroll Ritter (Author/Teacher (retired)), Cameron Yeakle & Kayla Werbiansky (Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management) and Nathan Allaire (Samara House).

This course is open to all adults that have an interest and would like to learn more about Indiana’s natural resources, as no previous naturalist experience is required.  All students will receive a copy of Habitats & Ecological Communities of Indiana: Presettlement to Present (2012) (1997), as a text book.  Students will be able to learn first-hand from three contributors to this book, as Mike Homoya, Jerry Lewis, and Brant Fisher will be presenting.  There is a registration fee of $60 per person and a discount for couples ($100 per couple sharing materials), which covers the costs of all books, materials, and other fees.  However, the Turkey Run State Park entry fee (or a 2024 State Park Pass) is required for the classes (6) held there.  The number of participants is limited and will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.  The deadline for registration is March 14. 

 2024 West Central IMN Workshop flier



Ouabache Land Conservancy Annual Celebration – March 14 at Vigo County History Center

Ouabache Land Conservancy announces “An Evening of Art & Nature” to commemorate its 14th Annual Celebration on March 14, 2024.  Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, University of St. Francis Associate Professor of art history will present our keynote address, “The Fall of the Wild: Taming Nature in American Painting”.  Indiana Humanities is sponsoring Beth’s talk which will explore representations of American landscapes to demonstrate what they reveal about American ideals and values.  Viribus Wealth Management is the title sponsor for the evening.

The celebration will be held at the Vigo County History Center with a buffet dinner catered by Federal Coffee + Fine Foods.  A social hour featuring, an art exhibition with works of Curt Stanfield and Lavinia Hale (with half of the proceeds donated to OLC), live music, and a silent auction begins at 5:30 pm; and the buffet starts at 6:30 pm.  Introductions, awards, and Beth’s presentation will follow.  Members and non-members are welcome to attend with an RSVP. 

For more information and to RSVP for the full celebration for $50 with dinner, please visit by March 7th.  There is an option to only attend Beth’s talk at 7:30 pm for a $5 donation, please visit to RSVP for only the presentation. Please contact Lisa Baer, OLC Treasurer,  with any questions about making reservations, the buffet, or sponsoring the Annual Celebration at .  In addition, anyone wishing to donate items to the silent auction please contact Carissa Lovett at .

OLC is a 501(c)3 non-profit land trust that provides land protection services in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties.  To learn more about the Annual Celebration, other events, protecting land, and how to donate or join, please visit:, and follow OLC on Facebook.