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Conservation INsight
October 24, 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 conference, including a Sunday evening meet and greet time.
Hotel Registration now open for this conference.
Stay up to date on conference details by visiting the IASWCD website/Annual Conference page.
SWCD Delegates for the Annual Business Meeting
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.
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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. 
Upcoming District Showcase Visits:
November 5 - Marion County
November 7 - Bartholomew County at 1 pm
SWCD - Northwest Region Meeting Reminder
November 15 at Fair Oaks Farms
RSVP by November 7
NACD's 73rd Annual Meeting
In San Antonio, Texas, February 2-6, 2019 at the Marriott Rivercenter. During the week in Texas, meeting-goers will have the opportunity to  attend nine diverse tours and events  exploring the vast natural resources of the Lone Star State.

NACD Launches District Job Board
On Oct. 1, NACD launched a new District Job Board  feature on the association’s website, where districts and state or territory associations can post their job openings and employment websites.
NACD Statement on USDA Forest Service Appointment
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 11, 2018) - Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue swore in Vicki Christiansen as Chief of the agency’s Forest Service. Christiansen has been a wildland fire fighter and fire manager for 36 years. Prior to joining the Forest Service, where she has been serving as Interim Chief since March, Christiansen was the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry.
USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this month, to agricultural producers through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018.
“Despite a temporary lapse of Farm Bill authorities, farmers and ranchers can rest assured that USDA continues to work within the letter of the law to deliver much needed farm safety net, conservation, disaster recovery, and trade assistance program payments,” said Perdue.
NRCS Soil Health Update
Financial Workshop for SWCDs
December 12
Indianapolis, IN
Leadership Institute: Impacting Community
November 30
Noble County Public Library, Albion, IN
Purdue Extension News
Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training
Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $27 (lunch provided)
Festival Park Community Center,  111 E Old Ridge Rd., Hobart, IN 46342
Training staff from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will introduce participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. Through presentations featuring green infrastructure projects from Indiana, group discussions, and activities, participants will learn what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their communities. Click here for more information and agenda .
The 2018-19 Sandhill Crane Count Updates Have Begun
View one of Indiana's greatest wildlife spectacles at  Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area . Each fall, thousands of Sandhill Cranes visit the area's shallow marshes.
Other News
Envirothon News
Envirothon documents have been updated on the  IASWCD/Envirothon webpage  including 2019 Envirothon booklet and 2019 Registration form (with deadline of 2/23/19). 
USDA-FSA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options 
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Oct. 17, 2018 - Farmers and agricultural producers in Indiana have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in .

“You can conduct business with USDA from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device,” said Steven Brown, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director for Indiana . “These online services save time, reduce paperwork and, in some cases, speed up processing.”
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
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.
Mid-Southern Small Farm Ag Summit
November 9-10, 2019
Southern Hills Church, Salem, IN
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)
  • Program Manager, CCSI
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 1 - Stream Workshop Series
November 2 - Introducing Green Infrastructure training
November 3 - Forestry Field Day, Steuben County
November 9-10 - Mid-Southern Small Farm Ag Summit
November 12 - Veterans Day Observed
November 13 - CISMA Call Out, Wabash County
November 15 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
November 16 - SWCS Annual Meeting
November 30 - Leadership Institute, Noble County
December 7 - Leadership Institute
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 .