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February 13, 2019
IASWCD News
Statehouse Visits for Districts:
Plenty of Dates Still Available!
IASWCD is coordinating visits to the Statehouse during the months of February through April. With the request for additional Clean Water Indiana funding on the table, it is important that Districts meet with their local legislators. A minimum of three people from a District must be committed to attend (any combination of Supervisors and/or Staff). The visit will include an overview of the legislative process, a quick tour of the Statehouse, and then meeting with your legislators. The IASWCD lobbyist, Cress Hizer, will lead this effort and be with the groups on each visit. An additional IASWCD officer or the Executive Director may also be in attendance as needed. This is a great opportunity to become more comfortable with advocating for soil and water conservation issues. YOUR VOICE is IMPORTANT! (Pictured L to R: Joe Schmees, IASWCD; Rep. Jeff Thompson; Mike Starkey, IASWCD board member)

Dates currently available:
February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
March 5, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10

To register, email Joe Schmees  (joseph-schmees@iaswcd.org)  with your top 3 preferred dates and who will be attending.
Marion County SWCD meets with legislators at the state house. (Top LtoR): John Hazlett, Sen. Greg Taylor, Kevin Allison; (Bottom LtoR): John, Rep. Ed Delaney and Kevin.
After visiting the statehouse, John Hazlett, District Manager of Marion County SWCD stated,
"I really enjoyed our district visit to the statehouse and learned a great deal about how the general assembly impacts conservation efforts across our state. The IASWCD lobbyist went out of his way to educate me and my staff on the role of various house and senate committees and we were provided opportunities to meet several house and senate members to support the 2019 funding increase ask. I now feel comfortable approaching these members in person or through email contact to make them aware of the great work happening on the ground."

IASWCD Testifies on Behalf of Indiana Districts and Clean Water Indiana

Joe Schmees, Executive Director of IASWCD, testified before the Ways and Means Committee on January 31 on behalf of Indiana's 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the need for additional funding.
Poster contest winner, Olivia Braun (grade 10-12)

Shout Out to the

National Award winners in the NACD poster and NACD photo contests are from Lake County. Congratulations!
Photo contest winner, Sehan Singh, Conservation in Action/Youth Division
ICP MOU Reminder
Districts should have received a copy of the new ICP MOU from NRCS that replaces the old Cooperative Working Agreements. March 15 is the deadline for signing and returning them to NRCS.

IASWCD on Facebook
Follow the IASWCD Facebook page for additional conservation information on upcoming events, articles and partner information!
Soil Health Trainings
Photos from the Basics of Soil Health training on February 7. Demonstrations and presentations by Dr. John Graveel, Dr. Jason Ackerson and CCSI’s own Joe Rorick.
Input Needed through Survey
With “meeting season” halfway over, the CCSI staff and partners are looking ahead to working with you in your efforts to increase the adoption of soil health practices across Indiana.  Your input is needed to help improve the support provided and how we obtain and share information. 
 
brief  on-line survey has been launched and will be available through February 22.
NACD News
February 2019 U&C Webinar
The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Eastern time on February 21, 2019 will feature the National Brownfields Program.
 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives will give an overview of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act that was enacted in March 2018 and how it can be useful to local entities like conservation districts.
 
The Laramie Rivers CD of Wyoming will provide an update on their recently completed clean-up of the old Midwest Refinery property using Brownfield and Community Development Block Grant resources.
 
These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at  deb-bogar@nacdnet.org  with your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.
NACD and Ducks Unlimited Sign Cooperative Agreement
NACD welcomed Ducks Unlimited, Inc., CEO Dale Hall as a keynote speaker during the opening general session on Monday, February 4, at the organization's 2019 Annual Meeting. Following his remarks, Hall and NACD President Brent Van Dyke signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU establishes a formal commitment between both organizations to enhance the productivity of wildlife habitats on private lands.
NACD Leaders Take Office
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) elected the organization’s 2019 officer team. President-elect Tim Palmer of Truro, Iowa, was sworn in as president of the association.
NCF and NACD Launch Leadership Development Program
The National Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), launched the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI), a program to develop opportunities for the next generation of conservation leaders.
IDEA News
Membership Dues
2019 IDEA membership fee of $25 per person due by March 31.
Poster Contest
Due by June 7, 2019
2019 Theme: "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper"
There will be five (5) grade divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
ISDA News
Indiana Agriculture Insider



Two Upcoming Leadership Institute Trainings
Friday, February 22 - Leadership Institute workshop: Leadership in Change
Location: Cass County Public Library

This workshop focuses on dealing with change and attendees will take the Myers Briggs Assessment. Post assessment discussion facilitated by Nathan Stoelting, ISDA District Support Specialist.
Friday, March 1- Leadership Institute Plus+
Location: Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta

One day workshop, led by Mitch Isaacs, based on the popular book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by Stephen Covey. This workshop will provide practical insight, intentional activities, and targeted conversation around Covey’s now timeless habits.
IDEM News
IDEM Seeks Nominations for the 2019 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Do you know of an organization that is remarkable in its efforts to protect the state of Indiana’s environment? If so, consider nominating them for the Indiana Governor’s Awards of Environmental Excellence. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The awards are Indiana’s highest environmental recognition and are open to all Indiana citizens and organizations. Nominations must be received by IDEM no later than 5 p.m. EDT on April 1, 2019.
USDA-NRCS News
Map of the Month: February
Changes Over Time

By comparing USDA soil survey maps of varying ages, you can discern relationships that are not otherwise apparent. These maps of a single county from 1909, 1938, and 1980 illustrate this point. For example, the 1909 map shows how early railroads followed stream valleys, which are the more easily traveled parts of the landscape. The 1938 map shows the locations of stream terraces, which are the result of climate changes in the past. The 1980 map shows the steepness of the landscape, which is important for conservation planning and preventing soil erosion.
Pictured L to R: Dan Hovland (Area Conservationist, NRCS, SW Office); JoEllen Witt, award recipient; and, Jerry Raynor (Indiana State Conservationist, NRCS)
Former NRCS Employee Wins State Volunteer Award
Indianapolis, February 1, 2019 – Some people dream of traveling around the world, trying exotic cuisine or starting a new hobby when they retire. And while this may be on JoEllen Witt’s retirement agenda, she is still finding time to help Indiana USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Witt, a retired NRCS employee, was recently honored with the 2018 Indiana NRCS Earth Team Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2019 Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Conference.
Purdue Extension News
Leadership Development Webinar hosted by Purdue Women in Ag Team

Teaching Women the Skills to Lead
Both On and Off the Farm
February 25, 2019
12:30-1:30 p.m. EST
IDNR News
My DNR: Indiana's Outdoor News
Indiana Conservation Officers are hiring 
The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
Wild Bulletin
Other News
Project to evaluate soil health measurements
(From Morning Ag Clips) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The Soil Health Institute (SHI), the nonprofit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing soil health, has selected six project scientists and a statistician/database manager to oversee evaluation of soil health indicators at more than 120 long-term agricultural experiment sites across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The diverse team of scientists will help conduct and manage SHI’s initiative to identify and develop widely acceptable soil health measurements and standards, as well as launch a comprehensive evaluation program that relates soil health to quantified productivity, economic, and environmental outcomes.
TNC has created a guidebook, entitled "Let's Talk Climate," with easy tips to help discuss climate change with friends, family, and your community. Download a free copy .
Great Places Newsletter
THE DROP: A monthly e-newsletter from the North Central Region Water Network. Read the latest news on citizen science, new youth curriculum, water communication and more!
National Ag Day Essay Contest
In celebration of National Ag Day, students in grades 4-6 are encouraged to participate in an essay contest. The essay theme "Agriculture: Food for Life," challenges students to think critically about the important role agriculture plays in their lives and the lives of those around them. Winners will receive $200 for first place and $100 for second place, and will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 18. Contestants must be Indiana residents, and only one essay can be submitted per person. Essays must be 12-point font, double-spaced, and cannot exceed 200 words. No handwritten essays will be accepted. Entries must be emailed to indianasfamilyoffarmers@gmail.com by February 28, 2019.
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Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.

Big Creek Watershed Coordinator, Posey County SWCD
Soil and Water Technician, Marshall County SWCD
Executive Director, Putnam County SWCD

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  :
February 18 - President's Day
February 20 - Cover Crop Field Day, Jackson Co.
February 22 - Leadership Institute
March 1 - Leadership Institute
March 3 - World Wildlife Day
March 6 - Southern Indiana Grazing Conference
March 10 - Daylight Savings Time starts
March 12 - Elkhart Co: Soak Up Your Resources
March 14 - National Ag Day
March 19 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
March 22 - World Water Day
May 21 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
May 27 - Memorial Day
July 16 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
August 14 - River Friendly Farmer Awards event
August 20-21 - Conservation in Action Tour
September 17 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
October 29 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .