Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|June 7, 2017
May 25, 2017 - June 7, 2017
LAST CALL! River Friendly Farmer applications
due Friday, June 16
District Showcase Awards - nominations due July 31
Indiana's District Showcase Award is designed to highlight the success of four local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the Hoosier state. The award focus allows Districts the opportunity to share new project ideas or better ways to design and implement existing conservation projects and more. The award is sponsored by the
Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP)
In addition, the winners will be provided the opportunity to showcase their work during a visit by the ICP leaders in the fall. So . . . tell us your story! Brag about what's happening in your district! We want to hear all about it. Application and more information here.
ASWCD Resolution Submission
Districts - if you would like to submit a resolution for consideration, please fill out this
. Resolutions are
due to the IASWCD office by Friday, September 8, 2017
. These resolutions will be considered at the IASWCD Business Meeting on January 9, 2018 (during annual conference).
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MILTON COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Legacy Fund - a Central Indiana Com
munity Foundation affiliate
. This grant will help them maintain staff to continue their
urban agriculture program through the end of the year. This initiative supports Hamilton County urban, home, and community gardeners with technical assistance and conservation as well as building community and partnerships. Their urban agriculture program has also developed several exciting programs and partnerships to help combat food insecurity in Hamilton County and promote access to fresh, locally grown
vegetables and fruits. See this article published by the Indy Star! Congratulations!
Clear Choices, Clean Water Program, IASWCD Survey
District Staff - please fill out this quick survey regarding the CCCW program to help IASWCD determine District interest in the program. Thank you!
Pathway to Water Quality Volunteer Sign-Up
Individual Development Inventory (IDI) Survey
This survey is to assess the current training needs for partnership technical emplo
yees. The current version of the survey is online and includes new training topic opportunities. Results help guide future annual plan of work. The survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and must be completed
by June 16
. Please review the
and then complete the survey at this link:
. Any questions, please contact Laura Fribley or Amy Work.
NACD U&C Webinars - Call for Presentations!
The NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group (RPG) is pleased to have partnered with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in offering monthly NACD Urban and Community webinars since September 2012. These popular webinars have covered a variety of urban and community conservation topics with districts sharing their projects and programs and other entities sharing information and resources. They are held 12noon-1pm Eastern time on the third Thursday of each month. You can view a full list of the past webinars on the
. The site also provides links to the presentations PDFs and recordings of past webinars.
The RPG is now seeking your input for the series beginning in October 2017.
Send your proposals and topic/speaker ideas to
June 30, 2017
Please take a moment to:
- Offer to give a presentation; send in a brief paragraph describing the program/project that you would like to showcase, and/or
- Tell us the urban and community conservation topics/issues and/or speakers you would like to have covered.
The Resource, Spring Edition
NACD Summer Meeting
July 15-18 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa
Photo Contest to Spotlight Indiana Agriculture
ISDA Monthly Newsletter: Indiana Agriculture Insider
Cropland Weed ID Training for Indiana Conservation Partnership Staff
2017 CTIC-SARE-ASTA Cover Crop Survey
The link to the 2017 Cover Crop Survey is now liv
e and sponsored by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Agency (SARE), the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). Please distribute to farmers within your networks, and to others who can also distribute the link to farmers in their networks.
Two Major Mid-Year Surveys
During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National
cultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys,
the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. T
he agency will survey over 2000 farmers across Indiana to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2017. NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview.
Soil Health Update - June 2017
Got Nature? Blog
Forest and Wildlife Habitat Field Day Workshop
June 22 - 9 am to 3 pm
More information and registration
Beginning Farmer: Veteran Tours
All military veterans and active duty personnel invited!
July 9 - Tuttle Orchard, Greenfield, IN
August 12 - Crowl Cattle, Lafayette, IN
Registration open and available by clicking
Seeking nominations for 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. This award is the state's most prestigious environmental recognition.
The Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Indiana citizen, business, nonprofit organization, school, or government agency. All projects submitted must demonstrate significant, measurable results that positively impact Indiana's environment. Nominated projects must be sustainable, innovative, exemplary, and thoroughly documented. Nominations must be received by IDEM
no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017.
SICIM Annual Meeting
June 21 from
9 am - 3:45 pm
Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN
This year's theme is "Managing Natural Areas for an Uncertain Future." Featured speakers include Dr. Jeff Dukes from Purdue University and John Shuey from TNC. Lunch included in registration.
Details on flyer
. For more information, contact Cheryl Coon at
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is promoting June as Indiana's Coastal Awareness month.
The Lake Michigan Coastal Program
and partners are working together to develop a wide variety of events to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the Lake Michigan Coastal Region. Activities planned include a conference on the environment, a three dune challenge hike, National Marina Day, boat tours, nature hikes, scavenger hunts and much more. Pictures below.
Check it out
Photos provided by Dorreen Carey, IDNR
2017 Drainage School
August 23 from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Indiana Farm Bureau Building - downtown Indianapolis
Drainage School promotes an understanding of the laws and regulations impacting drainage decisions in Indiana. Seminar attendees will gain a greater knowledge of drainage law and dispute resolution. Farmers, public officials, agency personnel, attorneys and members of the general public are invited.
Registration, Agenda and other information can be found here.
Sign up ends August 4 or before that if the class fills - Space is limited.
Indiana Pollinators Week June 19-25
, 2017 (Deadline to register is June 16)
Eagle Marsh Preserve, located SW of Ft. Wayne
The focus of the
meeting is the collaborative partnering efforts needed to tackle potentially devastating resource issues that can impact us on a large scale basis. Other topics include funding coordination, GLRI, wetland easements and invasive species practice design.
Speakers will include Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs, LRWP; Dr. Chris Winslow, Director, Ohio Sea Grant Program; Rick Duff, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Field Coordinator, NRCS; Duane Riethman, Area Engineer, NRCS; and Andrew Pursifull, Engineer, NRCS. For more information view the flyer or contact Curtis Knueven at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration costs (including lunch and snacks):
$30 members, $60 non-members
$20 spouses/retired conservationists
Managing Conflict Well: Ron Culberson's Article
(Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE is a speaker, humorist, and author of four books including Do it Well. Make it Fun The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between. He spoke at the Supervisor and Staff Summit in May 2016. His mission is to change the workplace culture so that www.RonCulberson.com organizations are more productive and staff are more content. He shows people how to have more FUN while preserving the integrity of the work they do and the lives they lead. For more information, visit www.RonCulberson.com.)
Whenever someone challenges or questions me, something in the pit of my stomach turns and then I feel a burst of adrenaline, probably the fight or flight mechanism that I learned in graduate school, and I feel compelled to battle. That is, unless the challenge occurs at night in a dark alley on the bad side of town where I shouldn't be in the first place. Otherwise, I feel that I must enter into the conflict. The first successful conflict I remember was in Mrs. Sturgill's sixth grade class...
Lesson Plan: Benefits of Connecting with Nature
This resource was posted in January 2017 and authored by:
Molly Hunt; Katie Zuber, Lindsey Pedigo on the Purdue Extension Education Store. This Nature of Teaching lesson plan teaches students the relationship between outdoor experiences and mental health. Free download available.