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In this Ask the Expert, Stephanie McLain, state soil health specialist for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in Indianapolis, Indiana, answers a few questions about how to improve soil health, drought resistance and other benefits by adding cover crops to your operation.

McLain works with Indiana farmers, conservation partners, NRCS staff, agronomists, and others to educate them about the benefits of soil health. She provides technical assistance on cover crops, no-till, crop rotations, soil function and other topics related to building soil health systems on agricultural land.