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September 26, 2018
2018 District Showcase Award Recipients
Four Indiana Districts have been named this year to receive the 2018 District Showcase Award. Adams, Bartholomew, Marion, and Porter County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be hosting visits and premiered at the 2019 Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs in January.

SAVE THE DATE to attend these visits:
Adams County SWCD - October 15
Porter County SWCD - October 23
Marion County SWCD - November 5
Bartholomew County SWCD - November 7
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Northwest Region Meeting Reminder
November 15 at Fair Oaks Farms
2019 Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs 
Watch on the IASWCD website for annual conference updates. This page will soon have all the information you need regarding conference registration, hotel reservations, cost, deadlines, supervisor scholarships and more! We are excited to be hosting Chad Pregracke, of Living Lands and Waters, as Keynote Speaker this year at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Additional speakers will present on a variety of topics including: Social Media, Invasive Species, Soil Health Testing, the Application of Soil Health Practices in the Classroom, Barriers to Conservation and much more. Don't miss it . . .  January 14-15, 2019 . Supervisor Scholarship applications will be made available soon on the Annual Conference web page.
Vote For the Next Cover of The Resource !
The NACD team is preparing for the release of the fall edition of The Resource.  Click here to vote  on the next cover photo for The Resource and  click here to browse previous editions . Do you have story suggestions or district success stories to include in the fall edition?  Let NACD know.
Registration now open for NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting! It will be held Feb. 2 – 6, 2019 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Registration now open for NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting! It will be held Feb. 2 – 6, 2019 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Impacting Community

Friday, November 30, 2018
Noble County Public Library
813 E Main St
Albion, IN 46701
9:30 am -3:30 pm
State Soil Conservation Board Meeting
October 23
Portage Lakefront Riverwalk & Pavilion
1000 Riverwalk Dr, Portage, IN 46368
Meeting followed by a Tour Visit with Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District as a 2018 District Showcase recipient.
SWCD Financial Workshop
December 12
10 am - 2:30 pm (EST)
Indiana Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis
Webinar: Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators
Oct 23, 2018 2:00 pm US/Eastern
Join the conversation to learn how agroforestry practices can be designed and managed to support pollinator conservation and services in temperate regions. Agroforestry can enhance habitat and reduce pesticide exposure for pollinators and other beneficial insects. 
USDA Releases Standard Indicators and Laboratory Procedures to Assess Soil Health for Public Comment
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health. 
A draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory methods is posted in the  Federal Register  for public review and comment. Comments on this Technical Note will be accepted through December 13, 2018.
FFA National Convention and Expo: Volunteers Needed
 The FFA National Convention and Expo will be returning to Indianapolis this year and will run from October 24-27, 2018. As in years past, NRCS will be supporting the Natural Resources and Environment Judging events and is asking for volunteer assistance from partnership staff. Please contact Kris Vance at:  kris.vance@in.usda.gov to volunteer.
Purdue Extension News
Women in Agriculture Award Recipients 
Honored at State Fair 
Two Indiana women recognized for their commitment and contributions to the agriculture industry were honored during the Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's Celebration of Agriculture, held Aug. 16 at the Indiana State Fair. The recipients were selected by the Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture team. The team coordinates such programs as the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference and regional educational workshops in addition to the Women in Agriculture Achievement and Leadership Awards. 
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) - Grant Opportunities - Workshops Scheduled
Two workshops remaining: October 3 and 9
Tree Ordinance Workshop
Friday, October 19
9 am - 12 noon (CT)
Purdue Northwest Meeting Facility ( NIRPC building ), Portage, IN
A well planned and implemented tree ordinance can regulate different aspects of planting, preservation, maintenance, and management of trees - helping to ensure a healthy, sustainable urban forest. This free workshop will include presentations on common and recommended ordinance components, integration with other city ordinances and codes, and plenty of time to have your questions answered. Space is limited and registration is required.  

September 2018 newsletter
Find your next adventure:
Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment
A new report titled  Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate  was released from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. This report represents the outcome of a two-year collaboration among experts at Purdue University, Purdue Northwest, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, University Notre Dame, Ball State University, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Other News

"Great Places" NEWSLETTER:
Conservation News From Around the World
North Central Region One Water Action Forum
The North Central Region Water Network, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Iowa Soybean Association, and US Water Alliance are teaming up for the North Central Region One Water Action Forum on December 11-13, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Call for Poster Presentations for NC Region One Water Action Forum
Looking for posters that focus on successful partnerships and detail nontraditional, cross-sector partnerships for the benefit of our water resources. An example would be a partnership that brings together rural and urban stakeholders, such as farmers collaborating with a municipal water utility to protect a local water body.
 October 12, 2018
Best Management Practices for Pollinators
Monday, October 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Indiana University
Indiana Memorial Union
Persimmon Room
900 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405
Registration ends October 19
 ICAN is creating a BUZZ- join the swarm
Swarm is a pre-conference session of the EEAI Annual Conference held at Camp Mack in Milford, IN on September 28-30.
Online Applications now available for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program
If you’re interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2019 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to: 
Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills.  Enrollment deadline: November 3
INPAWS Biodiversity Grant Deadline is October 1
INPAWS Biodiversity Grants support projects in three categories: research, demonstration gardens, and land management or conservation. The deadline for submissions is October 1, and results are announced in early November.
2018 INPAWS Annual Conference
November 3, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
7:30 am — 4:30 pm
Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.
  • Northern Plains Region Representative, NACD
  • NCF-Envirothon Program Manager, NACD
  • Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (SW Indiana), Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
  • Executive Director, Indiana Land Protection Alliance
  • Environmental Policy Leader (Columbus, IN), Cummins
  • District Administrator/Education Coordinator, White County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Communications Coordinator, Indiana Family of Farmers (IFoF)
Note: Job Postings can be submitted to Amy Work at:  amy-work@iaswcd.org  . Please include job description and deadline to apply in a single PDF file or with a link.
Upcoming Conservation Events  :
October 2-4 - IDEA Fall Conference, Bloomington
October 3 - Pollinator Habitat Mgmt & Tech Training
October 13 - Pasture & Livestk Fld Training, Wayne Co.
October 23 - SSCB Meeting, Porter County
October 23 - Women's Learning Circle, Carroll Co.
November 13 - CISMA Call Out, Wabash County
November 15 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
November 30 - Leadership Institute, Noble County
December 7 - Leadership Institute
January 14-15 - Indiana SWCD Annual Conference
February 2-6 - NACD Annual Meeting

For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .
Photo: A. Work/IASWCD