Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|November 8, 2017
October 26, 2017 - November 8, 2017
75th Annual Conference of Indiana S
Be a Part of the Story... Discover the Next Chapter
Early bird deadline for registration is:
District Photos Needed!
that was distributed to districts regarding photos needed for an annual conference project.
Due Nov. 15
District Delegate Registration
due by December 30, 2017
Porter County SWCD has moved!
Stout's Brick House, Guilford, IN
N-SW Region Meeting
Vigo County Fairgrounds
S-SW Region Meeting
6-8 pm EST
RSVP by Nov. 8
N-NW Region Meeting
Lake County SWCD Conf Room
5:30-8 pm CST
S-NE Region Meeting
Watch IASWCD calendar for more information
N-NE Region Meeting
No information at this time.
S-NW Region Meeting
Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon
S-SE Region Meeting
Scott County USDA Service Center
NACDs 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
January 27-31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee
Conference registration and more information can be found
. T-shirts can be ordered through December 30.
Poster and Photo Contests
NACD will continue to accept entries for the 2017 Healthy Soils Are Full of Life poster and photo contests until
December 1, 2017
. Please email your state/territory's submissions to
or mail them to NACD's Washington, D.C., headquarters. The winners will be recognized and have their art displayed at 2018 NACD's Annual Meeting in Nashville. For more information on the competition requirements, please
visit NACD's website
Upcoming Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar - to be held November 16 from noon-1:00pm Eastern - will teach participants how to use and navigate the EPA's Water Finance Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse is a web-based portal designed to help communities make informed decisions about their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. It includes two searchable databases: one contains available funding sources for water infrastructure and the other includes resources on financing mechanisms and approaches.
The schedule for FY18 Urban and Community Conservation webinars has been posted! NACD's U&C webinars are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and are free to participate in. To register, email NACD Senior Advisor Deb Bogar with your name, title, district or business name, and state.
Save the Date: NACD Fly-In is March 20, 2018
Fly-In is the perfect chance to meet with your elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and advocate on behalf of conservation districts and the locally-led, incentive-based conservation delivery system.
Clean Water Indiana Grants Awarded to 25 Counties
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded nearly $900,000 in Clean Water Indiana grants to 25 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. These grants will help fund conservation projects designed to improve water quality across the state.
"We're starting to see a significant reduction in the amount of sediment and nutrients prevented from entering Indiana's waterways, as a result of Clean Water Indiana," said Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA interim director. "There is still much work to be done to improve our water quality, and these grants are critical to that effort." Read more in
Morning Ag Clips
Newsletter: Indiana Agriculture INSIDER
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Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, encourages all producers to respond to the
Census of Agriculture this December.
Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
(Washington, D.C. November 3, 2017) -
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors, all serving as appointees of President Donald J. Trump. FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office. Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Read more...
Don't Miss the latest NRCS SOIL HEALTH UPDATE:
Consider the benefits of no-tillage. No-till saves time, money (fuel) and wear and tear on farm equipment. No-till reduces the likelihood of soil runoff, keeping nutrients on the field and improving water quality. So
improve soil health
Purdue Extension News
Urban Agriculture Certificate
The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a yearlong experience that combines classroom learning with field trips to prepare urban agriculture leaders for success with their project. Urban Agriculture Certificate participants will:
- Receive in-depth instruction for urban organic crop production-from farm design through harvest techniques
- Clarify their project vision and strengthen their community impact
- Learn to think like an enterprise to achieve economic sustainability
Indiana Lakes Management Society: Seeking Abstracts
The ILMS is seeking abstracts for presentations at the 30th Annual Indiana Lakes Management Conference. The conference will be held March 22-23, 2018 at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park, Angola Indiana. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, December 1, 2017. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified no later than December 15, 2017.
US Forest Service
Forest Legacy Mapping Tool for Conservation Professionals
The U.S. Forest Service has created an interactive map highlighting conserved lands throughout the United States. Initially developed to show the locations and features of projects conserved via the Forest Legacy program, the map content was expanded to include lands conserved by state, private, and other federal partners.
"This tool makes it easy to see how a project complements other conservation projects," said Forest Legacy Program Manager Scott Stewart. "Land protection professionals can see the results of their work and plan proposed work in a larger environmental and strategic context."
The map also includes a variety of base maps and data layers, such as important bird areas and wild and scenic rivers, which allows users to create their own maps.
to start your own map or search existing projects.
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)
Register by midnight Nov. 9
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 develop
ments in how cover crops are being used by
novative farmers across the country
and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and
For more information and the registration link visit the SWCS Conference webpage.