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Conservation INsight
January 2, 2019
Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs
coming soon!
January 13-15, 2019
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
The final conference brochure can now be viewed online. Check-in for conference begins at 2 pm on Sunday, January 13. If you haven't registered yet, there is still time. Go to the IASWCD Annual Conference webpage for the latest details.
Special Thanks
to the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance
for their sponsorship of the Conservation Awards Luncheon at conference. Several awards including the Indiana Conservation Farmer of the Year, Friend of Conservation, Supervisor of the Year and Earth Team Volunteer Award will be given during the luncheon held on January 15.
Special guest, Kevin Gregory, Chief Meteorologist, RTV6, will be the emcee.
Founded in 2001, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) is Indiana corn farmers’ marketing arm, and so much more. It’s a statewide organization that serves Indiana corn farmers through checkoff programs that help create demand and broaden markets — opening opportunities down the road and across the globe for Indiana’s corn farmers. 
The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA), recognized by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Qualified State Soybean Board, is a statewide organization that serves Indiana soybean farmers through checkoff, membership and policy programs.
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. 

District Delegates have been submitted from the following 75 counties:
2019 Soil Health Trainings
The 2019 CCSI-SARE Soil Health Training Brochure is available for download. This brochure will be updated regularly as training dates, speakers, and agendas are finalized.  These events are designed for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff, Ag Professionals, Farmer-Mentors, and others who work with farmers, landowners and others on soil health practices. The trainings are made possible through a partnership between the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and the Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.
NACD’s Take: The Final 2018 Farm Bill Agreement
On Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the text and conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared. Passing a bill is only the first step, and we look forward to working with the committee, Congress and USDA to make further improvements as this process moves forward.
NACD Forestry Notes: Forestry Reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill
Meeting at Conference in January
IDEA will have their members meeting on Sunday, January 13 at the
Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
All are welcome to attend.

Silent Auction Donation
Please consider bringing an item to auction as IDEA will be hosting their silent auction fundraiser again this year at the
January conference.
2019 Legislative Session, up-cycle your Christmas tree and more in this latest ISDA newsletter.
Conservation Innovations
The Conservation Innovations newsletter is an online publication featuring news about NRCS' Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program.
Purdue Extension News
Succession Planning Workshops
Ten dates and locations are now scheduled for these workshops between January 22 and March 5. See flyer for information and registration.
IN-DNR Newsletter
Eagle Watch programs, State Park Inn deals, and more in this latest newsletter.
Other News
A monthly e-newsletter from the North Central Region Water Network. Read the latest news on the North Central Region One Water Action Forum, a request for applications, and more!
Southern Indiana Grazing Conference
MARCH 6, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (E.S.T.) 
West Gate Academy
13598 E Westgate Drive
County Road 1650 N
Odon, Indiana 47562 
Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.
  • Urban Conservationist, Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Education Coordinator, Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District
Note: Job Postings can be submitted to Amy Work at:  amy-work@iaswcd.orgPlease include job description and deadline to apply in a single PDF file or with a link.
Upcoming Conservation Events:

January 8 - the 9th Annual Soil Health Winter Clinic
January 8-11 - National No-Till Conference
January 14-15 - Indiana SWCD Annual Conference
January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 29 - Southern Region: Soil Health Workshop
February 2-6 - NACD Annual Meeting
February 18 - President's Day
March 6 - Southern Indiana Grazing Conference
March 10 - Daylight Savings Time starts

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