Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|July 20, 2016
Deadline August 4 - TWO WEEKS AWAY!
It's time for
Indiana's District Showcase Award
! This annual award is designed to highlight the success of
up to four local Soil and Water Conservation Districts
(SWCDs) in the Hoosier state. It allows Districts the opportunity to share new project ideas or better ways to design and implement existing conservation projects. This award is sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) and f
our SWCDs will be honored as recipients of the
District Showcase Award
at the 2017 Conservation Awards luncheon with a video and award presentation. This event is part of the 74th Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Winning Districts will have the opportunity to showcase their photos and materials depicting the winning projects during the trade show at the conference on January 23 and 24. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on August 4, 2016.
River-Friendly Farmer Award Winners
2016 SWCD Resolution Process
All resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by
Resolution documents can be found
. Within these documents is
an update on resolutions from 2012-2016. Those noted with an asterisk will be sunset unless they are brought forth again during this process.
If you need any assistance or feedback on a draft resolution, please let
Also, please remember that in order to have a delegate at the annual business meeting, which will be
January 24, 2017, the SWCD must be a member in good standing (dues must be paid by
September 30, 2016).
Trade Show Booth Space - Early Bird Registration Now Open
for 2017 Annual SWCD Conference
Early Bird registration is now available online for all exhibitors wanting to participate in the Trade Show at the 2017 Annual Conference
of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts on January 23-24, 2017.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in exhibiting this year, please direct them to or print out the reservation form here. This form includes prices, add-ons available and all details needed to reserve a space. Or, they can go online and fill out the new online Google Reservation Form.
Early bird rates end on October 7 - after that date, prices to reserve a booth will increase.
This year's conference includes the following benefits for all exhibitors:
- Visibility on our IASWCD Annual Conference web page
- A two-day format
- A $15 discount for all returning companies/organizations
- Continental Breakfast on Monday
Ron Culberson, Author & Speaker, Do It Well. Make it Fun.
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, keynote speaker at the Power of Us all employee meeting in May, shares his first of twelve monthly articles. He is a former hospice social worker, middle manager, and senior manager who helps mission driven organizations tap into the power of combining excellence with humor. Ron is the author of Do it Well. Make it Fun., Is Your Glass Laugh Full?, and My Kneecap Seems Too Loose. In this article Ron states, "If we want to add more life to our days, then we need to find both the best and funnest in who we are." Read his insightful article in full
Deadline extended: NACD Farm Bill Survey
Every five years, Congress passes a farm bill that sets policy and funding levels for the conservation programs that are vital to the work of conservation districts. The current farm bill is expiring in 2018, but NACD is already working to make sure the next farm bill supports our district members. That's why we're asking every one of the conservation districts we represent to fill out a survey on the farm bill. We ask that each district only complete one survey each, and that they do so with the input of their board members and staff. Survey responses are now due by
Sunday, July 31.
Click here to fill out the survey and contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ation leaders in the nation the recognition they deserve! You ca
n nominate an
individual, business, agency, or organization for their outst
work and leadershi
p in natural resources conservation. The winners of the awa
rds will be featured in several NACD publications and asked to attend a special ceremony held in their honor at NACD's 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on
January 31, 2017
Nominations for the 2016 awards may be submitted by an individual, organization, agency, or conservation district. For nomination forms and more information,
2016 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project
2016 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project sponsored by the Indiana State Chemist's Office
will be going on in various counties across Indiana in August. This is a great way for people (farmers, public and private schools, ag dealers, nurseries, golf courses, cities, towns, municipalities and county units of government or others) to dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides for free (up to 250 pounds per participant). Those wanting to participate are required to complete and submit a
by mail, e-mail or fax by Monday,
August 1, 2016 to Kevin Neal. This is a great opportunity to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.
For more information, go to the
Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) website
or view the informational pdf
The drop off time is 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (local time) and the dates and locations are as follows:
August 16, 2016: Dubois County Fairgrounds in Huntingburg, IN
August 17, 2016: Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown, IN
August 18, 2016: Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madison, IN
August 23, 2016: Newton County Fairgrounds in Kentland, IN
August 24, 2016: Allen County Fairgrounds in Ft. Wayne, IN
August 25, 2016: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, IN
Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS)
Indiana will be the host of the Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS) for the very first time this year. This symposium has excellent speakers lined up to talk about utilizing and managing native forbs, pollinators, and grasses here in Indiana. The ENGS will be August 29-31, 2016 at the Tropicana at Evansville, Indiana.
Registrations are being accepted two ways - by paying online through Eventbrite or by mail with an Eventbrite ticket. Register
. Or check them out at
Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Hotel registration can be made by calling
and using group code: GEGGSYM. This block of rooms has been set aside for Monday-Tuesday night on a first come first serve basis if needed. The symposium rate is $89 per night and reservations need to be made by July 29th. See conference agenda and more details
Supervisor Summit & Staff Summit
August 23 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration now OPEN!
Indianapolis, IN, July 11, 2016 - Indiana's USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced that NRCS is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 States. In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds across the nation, including 500 acres in Indiana. See
Purdue College of Agriculture
Distinguished Ag Alumni (DAA) & Certificate of Distinction (CD)
The College of Agriculture and the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association invite you to submit nominations for their 2017 awards programs. There are two major awards that encompass all of their disciplines: the College's Distinguished Agricultural Alumni (DAA) and the Ag Alumni Association's Certificate of Distinction (CD).
The specific information and criteria for these two awards are summarized here.
Nomination Deadline: 8:00 am September 12, 2016
On September 30,
, co-chairs Jim Sweeney and John Ulmer, along with the steering committee which includes the IASWCD, will be hosting a Conservation Congress at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County. This event is replacing this years Conservation Day at the Statehouse, during the
"short" non-budget legislative session.
Living Lands & Waters
LL&W is a non-profit organization that operates on a one-of-a-kind fleet of barges, on which they host community-based river cleanups and educational workshops, held on their floating classroom. This August, they will be bringing their cleanup operation to Lawrenceburg and other areas along the Ohio River.
Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Waters, was a keynote speaker at the IASWCD Annual Conference in the past.
Pass this information along to co-workers, scout troops, school groups, etc. that there are "cleanups" happening and volunteers can sign up at:
Shifts consist of either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm with lunch provided for all volunteers between 12pm-1pm.