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October 28, 2020
2021 Virtual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts
January 11-13, 2021
This year's Virtual Conference will feature the not-to-be-missed keynote, Damian Mason! Three 1/2-days of value-packed information including 12 breakout sessions to choose from, six roundtables, the IASWCD Annual Business Meeting, and networking opportunities galore! Registration opening early November with early bird rates through December 11. More details to follow . . .
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October Lunch 'n Learn Recordings
Now Available
IASWCD hosted four training opportunities for Indiana Districts this month. These "Lunch 'n Learns" were recorded and are now posted on the IASWCD.org website.
Sign Up for NACD's Daily Roundup
Looking for ways to get the most recent agriculture and conservation news? Sign up for NACD's Daily Roundup, a daily publication that provides the latest conservation updates and news.
NACD Announces Launch of District Grants Application Period
WASHINGTON (October 15, 2021) – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the launch of its 2021 application period for the Friends of NACD District Grants Program.
NACD's D.C. Office Closed Until
November 30
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, NACD’s Washington, D.C. office will be closed with staff teleworking until Nov. 30.
NACD, P2 Recognize Ohio Farmer for Polliator Conservation Efforts
WASHINGTON (October 20, 2020) – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Pollinator Partnership (P2) presented Jim Croskey of Dalroy Farms in Holmes County, Ohio, with the 2020 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. The award, presented by P2 President and CEO Laurie Davies Adams and NACD CEO Jeremy Peters, was presented to Croskey and his family during the 20th annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) meeting.
ISDA Lunch and Learn for Districts Recording Now Available
Luke Britt, Public Access Counselor, presented information on October 20 for districts regarding their annual meetings and elections. Districts can view a recording of this presentation on ISDA's Conservation Link. Go to SWCD Information/Training/Access Training Recordings/Public Access Counselor Lunch and Learn.
NRCS Seeking RCPP Project Proposals
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which invests in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed and regional natural resource concerns. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a state/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA). Project proposals are due by Nov. 4, 2020.
Conservation Client Gateway Retiring
You can now manage your conservation activities and request assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by logging into your farmers.gov account. These conservation features join several others already available through the farmers.gov portal, including the ability to view farm loan information. As more content and capabilities are added, farmers.gov is quickly becoming the online hub for producers to find resources, submit applications, and request assistance.
New Rule Makes Enhancements to Environmental Quality Incentives Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final rule for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The rule updates USDA’s flagship program as directed by the 2018 Farm Bill and integrates feedback from agricultural producers and others. “This final rule enables us to continue helping producers manage their land in the most beneficial ways possible,” said Jerry Raynor, state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana. “EQIP offers producers more than 150 conservation practices and helps bridge the gap between their concerns and the opportunity to implement solutions.”
USDA Issues $1.68 Billion in Payments to Producers Enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes. “CRP is one of the many ‘tools’ that USDA offers to producers and private landowners to help best manage sensitive lands,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency. “Lands enrolled in this program conserve soil, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon, and benefit agricultural operations.”
Division of Forestry
Tree City USA is greening communities across the country. This program is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve care of these vital city trees. It’s Tree City USA time once again. The application portal is currently open and available on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. Applications are due Thursday, Dec. 31.
Other News
Indiana Woodland Owner Conference
November 6-7
Announcing Special Guest Speaker
Senator Mike Braun of Jasper, an Indiana woodland owner and member of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will be a special speaker online Saturday, November 7 at 9 AM ET. Join us to hear about his efforts for woodland owners, including the Rural Forests Market Act he introduced. He will be taking Q and A on regional and national forestry issues. Additional speakers include Lenny Farlee, John SEifert, Tom Winford, Amy Spalding and more!
National Ground Water Association Offers Resources
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), an organization that assists those in the groundwater industry, offers resources and best water management practices for homeowners on its website WellOwner.org.
INPS Virtual Annual Meeting
November 14
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Zoom meeting featuring
  • 2020 Year in Review
  • Florathon Results
  • Photo Contest Winners
  • Ellen Jacquart
  • Best Places to Find Native Plants in Indiana
Between speakers, enjoy fun Native Plant Trivia with Mark Sheehan and win free native seeds.
Webinar: Well... Let's Talk Well Water Safety & Protection
Nov 12, 2020 10:30 am US/Eastern
This webinar is sponsored by University of Georgia Extension and will cover Well Water Safety & Protection facts, tools, and resources.
Learn to Be a Leader in Watershed Management . . . Virtually
The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy educates watershed coordinators, teachers, volunteers, engineers, district staff, non-profit organizations, and others to lead watershed efforts that improve water quality in Indiana. Led by Jane Frankenberger, Project Director, and Sara Peel, Academy Coordinator, more than 400 people have participated since the Academy started in 2006. Registration open now through November 6.
Job Postings :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the IASWCD website.
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 :
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events, go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website.*
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, events are changing daily. Please check the individual hosting organization's website and/or Facebook page for the latest information on cancellations and reschedule dates. Thank you.