, | Certificate of Distinction: 2011
Conservation and good management practices are very important to Homer Ousley. For the past 40 years, Homer has been the crop farm manager for Creighton Brothers located in Warsaw, IN. Before becoming the crop manager, Homer was in charge of Creighton Brothers’ cow/calf operation, the largest in the state. Homer graduated with a B.S. and an M.S. from Purdue University.
As a farm manager at Creighton Brothers, Homer is in charge of 8000 acres of cropland, 700 acres of forage land, and 1200 acres of woodland. Many of the wooded acres have been planted under Homer’s guidance and suggestion. Natural resource conservation is very important to him, especially the use of grass and trees to control erosion and protect water quality. Recently, he cooperated with SWCD, NRCS, and the Nature Conservancy to install a two-stage ditch on one of the farms as a pilot water quality practice to protect the Tippecanoe River. As the farm manager, Homer has used no-till farming, crop rotation, filter strips, tree planting, and environmental enhancement to preserve the soil and waterways for future generations. Because of his attention to soil quality and balance of nutrients, the farm has seen an increase of 40 bu. per acre in corn yields and 10 bu. per acre in soybean yields. He has also used these practices on his own farm and his wife’s family farm. Also as a farm manager, Homer writes a newsletter each month that is mailed to all of the employees and owners of Creighton Brothers.
Homer is very actively involved and well respect in his community. Before Creighton Brothers sold their cow-calf herd, he was president of the Kosciusko County Cattleman’s Association and Cattleman of the Year. For his conservation work, he has been awarded the Conservation Farmer of the Year and the Master Farmer of the Year by the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District. He has been on the Warsaw School’s Ag Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Northern Tippecanoe River Water Shed Board. Homer also serves as a volunteer at the food pantry and is active in two churches, especially in the Men’s Bible study groups with each church. He and his wife can often be found visiting shut-ins or hospital patients.