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Conservation INsight
July 4, 2018
IASWCD Resolution Submission
Districts - if you would like to submit a resolution for consideration, please fill out this  Google Form . Resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by Friday, September 7, 2018.
District Showcase Award
Your team works hard and we want to hear about it. Nominate your District for this District Showcase Award so we can help you tell your story and share your successes. This award highlights the successes of up to four local Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). The winners will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.  Guidelines here . Nominations due July 31, 2018.
Conservation Award Nominations
Nominations due by September 7.
For more information, go to the
Friend of Conservation
Supervisor of the Year
Conservation Farmer of the Year
Pathway to Water Quality
2018 Pathway to Water Quality Volunteer registration is now open! Click here to register
Stewardship Week and Theme Announced
The NACD Stewardship and Education Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Poster Contest and Stewardship Week theme: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.” Rules, entry forms and other resources for the 2019 NACD Poster Contest will be available for download on the  2019 Stewardship Week page  later this summer. The 64th Annual Stewardship Week will take place April 28 – May 5, 2019.
NACD’s Take: The 2018 Senate Farm Bill
By NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison
On Friday, June 8, the Senate Ag Committee released its 2018 Farm Bill (S. 3042), and the legislation passed out of committee on Wednesday, June 13. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared. We look forward to working with the committee and Congress to make further improvements as this process moves forward – please  reach out to Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison  with any questions. Read more ...
2018 IDEA Fall Conference
"Review the Basics, Renew Your Mind, Regenerate Your Passion"
October 2-4, 2018
Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina,
Bloomington, IN
SAVE the DATE: Supervisor Training/Region Meetings
Flyer and registration coming soon!

NW Region Meeting
Thursday, August 30
Fair Oaks Farms
Tour: 3-4:30 pm (CDT)
Dinner & Meeting: 5-7:30 pm (CDT)

Central Region Meeting
Thursday, September 13
Indiana Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis
5 pm (EDT)

SW Region Meeting
Monday, August 20
Antioch Church
Tour 3:45 pm (EDT)
Dinner & Meeting 5:45 pm (EDT)

NE Region Meeting
Monday, September 10
Tour: Down to Earth Industries (worm farm)
4-5:30 pm (EDT)
Meeting: Cottage Event Center
6-8 pm (EDT)

SE Region Meeting
Wednesday, August 22
Jennings Education and Training Center
4-8 pm (EDT)
Advanced Web Application Regarding Sediment and Nutrient Load Reduction
A more advanced Sediment and Nutrient Load reduction web application is now available from ISDA. This tool is designed to provide aggregated conservation information to interested parties. Read more ...
USPS Soil Health Forever Stamp
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is leading an effort asking the USPS to issue a Soil Health Forever stamp in the near future to promote the growing soil health movement across the country. Read more ...
Jordan Seger named Deputy Director of State’s Agriculture Department
INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2018)  – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today that Jordan Seger has been appointed deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture ( ISDA ). Seger has been with the department since 2011 and previously served as Division of Soil Conservation director.
“We are pleased to name Jordan deputy director of our state’s department of agriculture,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “His vast knowledge and expertise, coupled with a lifelong devotion to agriculture, will serve this department, the industry and our state well.” Read more ...
Clean Water Indiana
The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant Program (IC 14-32-8-5) utilizes the Clean Water Indiana Fund to Support Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in efforts to improve water quality by reducing sediment and nutrients from nonpoint sources. The State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) is accepting competitive proposals for targeted projects up to three years in length. Application deadline is September 14, 2018. Read more ...

Leadership Institute Plus + Workshop Leading Multi-generational Teams
August 28, 2018
Indiana Agriculture Insider, June edition
NRCS Soil Health Update
Other News
2018 Drainage School
 Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Indiana Farm Bureau home office, Indianapolis
Space is limited and this fills fast!
Conservation in Technology Information Center: Tour in July
July 10-11, 2018
Visit part of the country's largest estuary in Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay, to get a front row view of how the area is leading the way in innovative conservation to improve water quality. Read more ...
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.
2017 District Showcase Award Recipient:
Randolph County Soil and Water Conservation District
Upcoming Conservation Events  :
July 10 - Native Plant Stewardship Class, Brown Co.
July 12 - Rotational Grazing & Pasture Walk, LaGrange Co.
July 19 - Agronomy Field Day, Steuben County
July 19 - Monarch Habitat Tech Training, Hamilton Co.
July 19 - Inhabit: A permaculture perspective (film screening), Danville
July 24 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis
July 25 - Soil Health Systems Field Day, Wabash Co.
July 25-26 - 2018 Farm Tour, Clay Co.
July 31 - District Showcase Nominations due
August 3-8 - NACD Summer Meeting
August 3-19 - Indiana State Fair
August 7 - Native Plant Stewardship Class, Brown Co.
August 12-13 - Indiana Water Summit, Indianapolis
August 15 - River Friendly Farmer Awards Ceremony
August 20 - SW SWCD Region Meeting
August 21 - Native Plant Stewardship Class, Brown Co.
August 22 - Drainage School
August 22 - SW SWCD Region Meeting
August 28 - Leadership Institute
August 28-30 - Soil Health & Sustainability, Beck Ag Ctr
August 30 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
September 7 - IASWCD Awards Deadline
September 10 - NE SWCD Region Meeting
September 13 - CENTRAL SWCD Region Meeting
September 28 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis
October 2-4 - IDEA Fall Conference, Bloomington, IN
October 30 - SSCB Meeting, TBD
November 30 - Leadership Institute
December 7 - Leadership Institute

For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .