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November 7, 2018
2018 Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs
January 14-15, 2019
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Chad Pregracke from Living Lands and Waters, will be our  Keynote Speaker  during the 2019 conference, including a Sunday evening meet and greet time. Breakout sessions and the agenda are now posted online on the IASWCD website/Annual Conference page in the Conference Draft Brochure.
SWCD Delegates for the Annual Business Meeting at Conference
Each Soil and Water Conservation District in good standing (fully paid annual dues) with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Inc. will have the opportunity to send one SWCD Supervisor delegate to the Annual Conference business meeting. The vote of the district will be cast by the delegate or the alternate at the meeting.  Registration for the delegates is required and must be received by January 4, 2019.
Supervisor Scholarships for Annual Conference  due by November 13
Scholarships are available to SWCD Supervisors (not Associates) whose District’s budget restrictions will not permit them to attend the annual conference. The IASWCD will award scholarships depending on available funds. Only one application per District will be accepted for consideration each year. 
NACD Announces Breakout Topics for 73rd Annual Meeting
The conference will take place February 2-6, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas and will feature sixteen breakout sessions focusing on the work of conservation districts and their partners. The sessions, which sometimes feature several speakers are aligned into four themed tracks: Communications; District Operations, Member Services and Partnerships; Natural Resources Policy and Protection; and Stewardship and Education. Visit the  2019 Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions page  to read session descriptions and plan for the sessions you would like to attend.
This commemorative seafoam Comfort Colors t-shirt is 100% cotton and hand-dyed for a unique, vintage look. The  2019 Annual Meeting t-shirt  boasts the silhouette of Texas and NACD's logo on a functional front pocket, and features a 73rd Annual Meeting graphic on the back. Shirts must be purchased by December 31.

Forestry Notes
SAVE THE DATE: Fly-In 2019
NACD’s 2019 Spring Fly-In is being planned for Wednesday, March 20, 2019, pending final Congressional legislative calendars. More information and updates will be posted on the Spring Fly-In webpage  and in future editions of eResource when available.
Reserve Your Hotel Room for NACD Conference
NACD's 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, steps away from the world-famous River Walk. The room rate is $214 per night, plus tax.  Make your reservations online  or by calling 1-800-648-4462 and saying you're with the NACD Annual Meeting. Reservations must be made before Friday, January 11, 2019.
NACD’s 2019 “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” materials now available for print on demand
Districts interested in purchasing printed 2019 educational materials can now order high quality, on demand printed materials through  Goetz Printing . The materials are also available for  free download in the Marketplace . To learn more about NACD’s stewardship program, visit the website  or contact us at stewardship@nacdnet.org .
NACD is seeking internship applicants
Seeking interns for the Spring 2019 session (January – May) to assist the government affairs and communications staff with advancing the association’s legislative agenda.
State awards over $1 million for
water quality improvement projects
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2018) — The State Soil Conservation Board ( SSCB ) awarded more than $1 million to 32 Soil and Water Conservation Districts for projects designed to improve water quality across the state. This funding is part of the Clean Water Indiana ( CWI ) grant program, which is administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “This year alone, Clean Water Indiana has supported 373 conservation projects and prevented more than 63 million pounds of sediment from entering our waterways,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.
New Promotional Video: ISDA
Indiana Agricultural Insider
Update on the USPS Soil Health Stamp Proposal
The Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture’s USPS Soil Health stamp proposal is closer to becoming a reality. Ideas for future stamps have to be reviewed by the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee and each year they receive thousands of letters for new stamps. The Soil Health stamp has been moved into the additional review and consideration category.  This is only the first step in an, on average, three year process. The ISDA proposal was submitted with 70 separate letters and over 700 signatures, representing 44 states and 2 territories. Your support ensured that the national aspect of improving our soils was clearly shared with the committee.
Leadership Institute - Two Workshops on November 30
Leadership in Change
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
8121 Park Rd, Marshall, IN 47859
Impacting Community
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
813 E Main St, Albion, IN 46701
NRCS Announces Application Deadline to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands in Southwest Indiana
State Conservationist Jerry Raynor announced that USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is entering its third and final year of a project with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to provide financial and technical assistance to private landowners and other eligible entities through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). As part of this partnership program, wetland easements and restorations are available in the Lower Wabash and White River watersheds in the southwest part of the state to address wildlife habitat and improve water quality for fish and waterfowl.
November Map of the Month
What does it mean to say “soils differ?" In what way and to what extent can differences among soils be made intelligible and conveyed? As our knowledge about soils has increased, the answers to these questions have evolved. Just as botanists have studied plants as part of nature, pedologists have studied soils as part of nature. Soils differ from each other based on color, mineralogy, age, depth, and lateral boundaries with neighboring soils. 
Purdue Extension News
Grazing System Design Webinar
Sponsored by the Purdue Women in Ag Team
November 15, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
Grazing is more than letting your animals out to pasture. Learn techniques to set up a sustainable grazing system from fencing to water to maintaining pastures from Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension Educator in DeKalb County.

MyDNR: Indiana's Outdoor News
Other News
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
Three issues per year of the Woodland Steward is mailed to over 32,000 forestland owners each year. Each issue is 16 pages long and includes stories on forest management, timber prices, wildlife, invasive species, forest policy, and more.
Early Registration Discount Extended for North Central Region One Water Action Forum
New Deadline: November 7
Register now to save $50!
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.
SWCS Hoosier Chapter Annual Meeting: Culture, Climate and Conservation

November 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038
Register by November 12
Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.
  • Executive Director, Indiana Land Protection Alliance
  • Environmental Policy Leader (Columbus, IN), Cummins
  • Communications Coordinator, Indiana Family of Farmers (IFoF)
  • Fourteen Mile Creek/Goose Creek-OH River Watersheds Coordinator, Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Resource Specialist-Solid Waste Specialist, Tippecanoe Solid Waste District & Wabash River Enhancement Corporation
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  :
November 9-10 - Mid-Southern Small Farm Ag Summit
November 12 - Veterans Day Observed
November 13 - Supervisor Scholarship applications due
November 13 - CISMA Call Out, Wabash County
November 15 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
November 16 - SWCS Annual Meeting
November 16 - Soil Health Day, Spencer and Perry Co.
November 22 - Thanksgiving Day
November 30 - Leadership Institute, Noble County
November 30 - Leadership Institute, Turkey Run
December 12 - SWCD Financial Workshop
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 .