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September 30, 2020
October Lunch 'n Learns for Indiana SWCD Staff and Supervisors
Register now for any or all of the four Tuesday Lunch 'n Learns
  • One hour (12 noon to 1 pm, except Oct 20 begins at 10:45 am)
  • Four different days, speakers and topics!
  • Separate registration is required for each session
  • Detailed descriptions can be found on each registration site.

October 6
Source Water Protection in Indiana
Speaker: Katie Jamriska, American Water
October 13 
Stormwater Construction—Rule 5 Updates
Speaker(s): Randy J Braun and Stormwater Program Staff, IDEM
October 20 (starts at 10:45 am)
Using the Hoosier Resilience Index and FutureWater to Communicate Floodplain Preparedness Needs to Local Governments
Speaker, Janet McCabe, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute; Professor of Practice, McKinney School of Law
October 27
IDEM Permitting Wetland Tool
Speaker(s): Randy J Braun and Wetland Staff, IDEM
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Obituary: Hancock County Supervisor, Ray Helm
It’s with great sadness to announce the passing of Hancock County Supervisor, Ray Helms. Raymond Lee Helms, 70, of McCordsville, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020, surrounded by family.
ICP Staff: Nutrient Management Workshop
Register Now!
Choose between in-person (one date) or virtual (three dates) to participate in this NMP workshop for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff. Deadline to register for the In-Person workshops is October 5.

In-person: October 13, 14 or 15 (choose one)
Virtual: October 21, 28 and November 4 (attend each 1.5 hr session)
Space is limited for the in-person training.
Click on flyer photo for more details including times, locations (of in-person) and cost.
NACD Photo Contest
The 2020 NACD Photo Contest deadline is Dec. 1, 2020. Winners will be announced on Feb. 7, 2021 at the NACD Annual Meeting in New Orleans. NACD and the NACD Auxiliary host an annual Photo Contest, open to all amateur photographers who reside in the U.S. or its territories. Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year.
NACD to Testify on Federal Conservation Programs
On Thursday, Oct. 1, NACD President Tim Palmer will testify at the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry's hearing on federal conservation programs.

At the hearing, entitled "Challenges and Successes of Conservation Programs in 2020," President Palmer will explain the importance of voluntary, incentive-based conservation, and how locally-led conservation districts work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to deliver farm bill conservation programs. While Palmer will detail how 2020 and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic have affected the delivery of these programs, conservation districts have a great story to tell, and NACD appreciates Congress providing oversight and review of these important programs.

You can tune into the hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET by visiting the House Ag's YouTube channel.
2020 NACD Prospectus Now Available
NACD's Annual Prospectus for fiscal year (FY) 2021 is now available to view online! This year's prospectus celebrates the strength of collaboration, inviting potential stakeholders, sponsors and partners to join NACD in delivering conservation benefits to millions of cooperating landowners. Conservation districts nationwide are working to improve soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat and more, and a partnership with NACD means supporting their efforts, while helping your organization accomplish your conservation goals and create a better future for all Americans.
NACD Awards Archive Now Available
Each year, NACD and its partners award conservation leaders for their hard work and dedication. You can now view an archive of past awards and their recipients on the NACD website.
Roadway Safety Encouraged During Harvest Season
INDIANA (Sept. 17, 2020) — Crops across the state are looking bountiful and harvest is almost here. Farmers will soon be traveling in large slow-moving farm equipment on Indiana roads. To increase roadway safety, we are encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience when approaching large farm equipment over the next few months.
ISDA: Clean Water Indiana 2021 Feedback
As the 2021 CWI Grants application season is wrapping up, ISDA wants to offer an opportunity to provide feedback. If you did not submit a 2021 grant application, but have general CWI feedback, the final question on the survey provides space for comments.
USDA Partners with Ivy Tech Community College to Teach Agricultural Conservation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette and eight other Midwest community colleges to support hands-on student learning about conservation and to foster conservation-minded farmers. Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement (C2A3) representatives and NRCS recently signed a national memorandum of understanding, agreeing to enhance and accelerate training and adoption of technologies and best practices for improved agricultural productivity and natural resources stewardship.
Webinar on October 8: "Getting Students Started with Careers in Conservation"
On Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil and Plant Science Division will host a webinar on getting students started with careers in conservation.

This October, NRCS will be announcing one of the largest Pathway Internship and Recent Graduate Announcements in recent history. These job announcements only last a week, so NRCS plans to use this webinar to give more information on these opportunities and how to apply.

To RSVP for this free webinar, please email Soil Scientist Leslie Glover II or John Andreoni.
Join USDA in Following the #Harvest2020 Progress Across the Country
Harvest is underway across the country, and we hope this year brings favorable harvest conditions and high yields. Farmers, we invite you to share your harvest progress by sending an email to sharingoursuccesses@usda.gov with landscape-orientation photos or videos under 10 seconds, a short description of your photo or video, your city and state, and your Twitter handle (if you have one).
Purdue Extension News
Virtual Training Series Recording Available: Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond
This virtual training series, sponsored by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Extension, and the Indiana State Climate Office, is designed to familiarize Indiana educators and professionals with foundational knowledge about climate change so they can be more confident answering questions and engaging in climate change discussions. Participants will learn why our climate is changing, how it affects Indiana, and what we can do about it. Hear from climate change experts including Melissa Widhalm and Jeff Dukes (Purdue Climate Change Research Center); Hans Schmitz and Austin Pearson (Purdue Extension); Beth Hall (Indiana State Climatologist); and, Julie Doll (Michigan State University).
Town of Pendleton Tree Planting: Volunteers Needed
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Town of Pendleton will plant more than trees in Falls Park and throughout the community. This event kickstarts the restoration of the town’s tree canopy that was destroyed by a devastating tornado on May 27, 2019. The town needs your help to plant all those trees! We are putting out a call to our tree stewards, tree boards, and Tree City USA communities to lend your skills by volunteering for this event. Form a team of three or more people and plant healthy young native trees throughout Pendleton.
Upcoming educational wildlife workshops and events
Learn about Indiana wildlife at one of DNR’s upcoming educational events. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions with experts.
Interested in learning how to teach conservation to children through a professional development workshop in Project WET or Project WILD?
Other News
ASA Seeking Nominations for CCA Conservationist of the Year Award
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is currently seeking nominations for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Kiss the Ground Movie on Netflix Features the Importance of Soil Health
Apply for the Monarch Sustainer of the Year Award
The 'All Hands on Deck' approach to monarch conservation means that it's important for land owners and managers of all types to get on board to create and/or manage their lands in ways that are beneficial to monarchs and other wildlife. To help recognize the great works being carried out in the business community and inspire others to incorporate similar conservation practices and community outreach into their operations, Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC have created the annual Monarch Sustainer of the Year Award to shine a spotlight on these industrious conservationists.Help us spread the word about this award and share this email with any friends, family, or colleagues that you think may be interested in applying! We'd love to hear about the work they're doing! Applications are due December 1st, 2020 to info@pollinator.org.
Online Proposal Writing Course
Have you been tasked with writing a grant proposal but don't know where to start and can't get away for an in-person class? The Online Proposal Writing Course lets you learn at your own pace without leaving your computer, or on-the-go via your mobile device!
Completely online and self-directed, this course puts you in charge of your own learning as you move through 15 lessons covering all aspects of proposal writing. 
NCR-SARE Announces 2021 Calls for Proposals
Deadline: October 8, 2020 

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. The R&E program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 13 projects in the twelve-state North Central region. The deadline for the Research & Education proposals is October 8, 2020 at 4pm CDT.

Want to learn more? Click on a grant!
Deadline: October 22, 2020
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Deadline: December 3, 2020
MTN DEW Outdoor Grants Program Now Seeking Applications
Last week, MTN DEW launched its MTN DEW Outdoor Grants Program, which invites organizations focused on wildlife conservation, environmental causes or outdoor recreation to apply for the chance to win $5,000. The program will award 20 outdoor-related nonprofits who apply by Oct. 25, 2020. Winners will be announced by Dec. 1, 2020.
View Recording of the Clark Farms: Regenerative Systems Deconstructed Field Day
On August 28, 2020 nearly 550 registrants attended this field day either virtually or in-person. Click the link below if you would like to view or revisit the presentations from this day.
Access with password: @V+54F^r
Fun Fact: There are more microorganisms in a handful of soil than there are people on earth.
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.
Soil is at the bottom of the food chain, yet
it is the cornerstone
of life on earth.
Upcoming Conservation Events 
  • October 6 - IASWCD Lunch 'n Learn
  • October 8 - Wildlife Field Day, Wayne Co SWCD
  • October 13 - IASWCD Lunch 'n Learn
  • October 13 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 14 - Water Monitoring Field Day, Sullivan Co SWCD
  • October 14 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 15 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 20 - IASWCD Lunch 'n Learn
  • October 21, 28 and November 4 - ICP Staff Training: Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, virtual
  • October 27 - IASWCD Lunch 'n Learn

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.