Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|September 27, 2017
September 14, 2017 - September 27, 2017
2018 Annual Conference of Indiana S
Check out the Annual Conference page on the
. This page has all the information you need regarding conference registration, hotel reservations, cost, deadlines, supervisor scholarships and more! We are excited to be hosting the Peterson Farm Brothers
as Keynote Speaker this year at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Check them out
Additional speakers will present on a variety of topics including:
Social Media, Invasive Species, Remote Sensing and Drones, Silver Jackets, District Business Planning, Five Behaviors of a Team, Stream Laws and much more.
Don't miss it . . .
January 8-9, 2018 with a Peterson Farm Brothers presentation on Sunday, January 7
S-SW Region Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm (CST)
S-NW Region Meeting
Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon
SHOUT OUT*****SHOUT OUT*****SHOUT OUT*****SHOUT OUT
SSCB Grant Writing Funds leads to Floyd County Bat House Partner Project
To encourage soil and water conservation districts in Indiana to write and obtain grants, the SSCB allocated training funds this year in a specific category for grant writing training. Bilyeu
eagerly took advantage of this opportunity and attended a grant-writing workshop hosted by Purdue Extension last spring. Workshop day #1 focused on the basics of grant writing with an assignment of having a grant proposal written for workshop day #2. During workshop day #2, the grant proposals were then subjected to peer reviews and funding sources were researched.
Want to know what happens next?
Pathway to Water Quality Work Day
October 4th starting at 9:30 am
- Plant cutting and weeding behind the house.
- Leaf raking.
- Heavy lifting of the barn to place it on new support blocks.
- General clean up.
What to bring:
- Gas powered hedge trimmer
- Steel bladed brush cutter
NACDs 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
January 27-31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee
By registering online, you'll receive a $15 discount! You can also head to the
annual meeting webpage
to register and find information on how to
book your hotel room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center with NACD's special discount price of $199 a night.
Indiana District Employees Association Fall Conference
West Lafayette, IN
ndiana Agriculture Photos
Every year, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture receives amazing photos as part of their Indiana Agriculture photo contest. They not only
showcase the beauty of agriculture and the land, but also serve as a testament to
the men and women that provide the food, fuel and fiber we need for our everyday lives.
Agriculture is a full-time profession - 365 days a year - so to salute those who work tirelessly in the industry, as well as recognize their photo contest participants, ISDA will be posting a photo every day on their Instagram account using the hashtag
. We encourage you to follow them @isdagov! You can also join in by posting your agricultural photos and using the hashtag #agIN365.
NRCS and Invasive Plant Groups Sign Agreement to Work Together
As the problem with invasive plants has risen sharply globally, two entities in Indiana have joined forces to stem the rise of these threats to our economy and environment.The Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasive Management (SICIM) group and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have entered into a contribution agreement for the purpose of developing local grass-root organizations called Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) throughout Indiana.
Districts - Do you send out a Newsletter?
If your SWCD has a newsletter, the Indiana NRCS office wants to receive it. Email electronic versions to both State Conservationist Jane Hardisty
Don't Miss the latest NRCS SOIL HEALTH UPDATE:
New Publication: Four Strategies to Improve Your Fields Soil Health
Cover Crops Survey Results Published
The fifth consecutive national cover crop survey was published online by theConservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and its partners: Purdue University, USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). The survey's more than 2,000 farmer respondents reported increased yields in corn, soybeans, and wheat, plus improved control of herbicide-resistant weeds following the use of cover crops. CTIC also found that acreage planted in cover crops has nearly doubled in the past five years.
Have you heard of the NCPP?
The National Conservation Planning Partnership is made up of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), and the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC).
This partnership was formed in FY 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in advancing voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. Since then, NCPP has worked to "Reinvigorate Conservation Planning" by implementing goals and actions that support proven approaches, offer new tools, and expand training to enhance the ability of the workforce to deliver sound conservation planning assistance.
NCPP has developed a
that ensures the field staff have the right expertise, are stationed in the right locations, and have enough time to work one-on-one with the diverse customer base. To ensure they are meeting customer expectations they have been working with the help of four subcommittees to address training gaps, technology and tools, communication needs, accountability and partnerships. Read more...
Hoosier Chapter-Soil and Water Conservation Society
Annual Hoosier Chapter Meeting
(Business meeting to follow immediately after - all are welcome)
When: November 16, 2017 - 9 am to 3:30 pm
FFA Leadership Conference Center; 6595 S 125 W
Trafalgar, IN 46181
Lunch and Breaks included
$60-non-members (includes 1-year membership)
HC-SWCS Conservation Scholarship Available
The SWCS-Hoosier Chapter announces the 2017 Conservation Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to encourage qualified s
tudents to increase their interest in conservation, to obtain technical competence in some of conservation, and to pursue a career in this area. An info
rmation sheet and an application can be found
are due by October 1, 2017.
Feel free to contact
with any questions.
The Value of Water Campaign
The Value of Water Campaign, organized by the
U.S. Water Alliance
, is designed to educate the nation about the need for renewed investment in water infrastructure. This is done throu
gh research, polls, and special events all available on the
This year's "Imagine a Day Without Water" is scheduled for
. Like last year, hundreds of organizations will engage their members to advocate the importance of water infrastructure (including green infrastructure) leading up to and on the day of the event. Districts can learn more about participating in this campaign and how to download ready-to-use social media materials
by clicking here
Soil and Water Conservation
2017 National Conference on C
over Crops and Soil Health
December 7-8, 2017, Ind
This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by in
novative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and
Whether you are contemplating cover crops for the first time, or you have years of experience and want to interact with soil health and cover cropsinnovators, this program will provide you with valuable information, networking, and learning opportunities.
The conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers (CCAs) and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization (NGO), and agency representatives. For more information and the registration link visit the SWCS Conference webpage.
Indiana's Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) Domestic Action Plan (DAP) for the Western Lake Erie Basin
Indiana's DAP Advisory Committee is seeking your input on the draft Indiana's Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) Domestic Action Plan (DAP) for the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) to reduce phosphorus to Lake Erie. The DAP public comment period has begun and will end on October 13, 2017.
Please review the
draft of the DAP
and give your comments. All comments must be submitted in writing via
. Read more of this public notice at the
Gathering of Indiana Stakeholders in Farm Transfer/Farm Succession - SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, November 15
Hancock County Extension Office, Greenfield
10 am to 2 pm
Registration information coming in October