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Conservation INsight
September 16, 2020
*Conservation Farmer of the Year,* *Supervisor of the Year* and *Friend of Conservation* Award Submissions
Nominations for the Indiana Conservation Awards due by September 18. For more details visit the IASWCD.org awards page.
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IASWCD Resolution Submissions
due September 16
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 Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Recordings of the VirTuesday Training Series for Indiana District Staff and Supervisors is Now Posted on the IASWCD website
On August 25, September 1 and September 8, IASWCD and ISDA co-hosted a three-part series of Virtural Trainings for Indiana Districts. Feedback and evaluations were VERY positive as we delved into this new world of virtual training. You can view and share the recordings now posted on the IASWCD.org/For Districts webpage.
Tip: Be creative . . . some districts are going to view them at their board meetings!
Training Needs Assessment Survey for All ICP Staff
The Indiana Conservation Partnership Training committee has created a survey to help determine the highest priority training needs among all Indiana partnership employees. The information gathered in this assessment helps direct future training topics facilitated by several partner organizations. ICP Staff - please take the time to fill out the survey, ranking the topics as agreed upon within your district guidance (i.e. directed by your supervisors and/or part of your employee training plan, etc.). Thank you!
Registration Opens for Nutrient Management Planning Workshops on September 21
Choose between in-person (one date) or virtual (three dates) to participate in this NMP workshop hosted by ICP.
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.
See flyer for more details including times, locations (of in-person) and cost.
Special thanks to the following 80 Indiana Districts who have paid annual membership dues to IASWCD:
(as of 9-11-20)
NACD'S 75th Annual Meeting Theme Announced
The agenda for NACD's 75th Annual Meeting, scheduled to be held in person from Feb. 6-10, 2021 in New Orleans, La., is now available to view on NACD's Annual Meeting webpage.
Next year's meeting will celebrate NACD's 75th Anniversary, focusing on the national association's legacy and where the conservation movement is headed. To honor this special year, NACD's 75th Annual Meeting theme is "NACD 75th Anniversary: A Diamond out of the Dust," and will explore not only the legacy of NACD, but the legacy of conservation districts and the way conservation districts are rising to meet challenges both today and in the future.
D.C. Office Closed Until October 9
NACD’s Washington, D.C. office will remain closed with staff teleworking until Friday, Oct. 9 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
New Site, Conservation Link, Virtual Tour
Leah Harmon, ISDA, will be leading a live virtual tour of the new site, Conservation Link, on September 30 at 10 am (EST). Join here: tinyurl.com/2020conservationlink. This tour will be recorded. See flyer for more details.
New Farmers.gov Feature Allows Entities to Conduct Online Business with USDA
An update to farmers.gov now provides access to farmers and ranchers who are members of an entity, as well as individuals and entities with powers of attorney to conduct online business with NRCS. Additionally, online services once available through NRCS’s Conservation Client Gateway (CCG) will be moved to farmers.gov in the coming weeks.
Other News
2nd Annual Healing the Heartland
September 29
9 am - 11:30 am
9 am - Welcome: Bruce Kettler, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
9:15 am - Helpful Resources for Mental Wellness in Indiana, Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., Secretary Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
9:30 am - Navigating Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Help, Hope and Healing, Jennifer Brandt, LISW-S, Ph.D., Director of Member Wellbeing and Inclusion Initiatives  American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
11:30 am Wrap-Up
Soil Health Partnership Releases Cover Crop Planting Report
The Soil Health Partnership’s Cover Crop Planting Report shows that farmers are using diverse strategies to plant cover crops and a variety of plant species to accomplish their soil health goals.
2020 REPI Webinar Series
Sign up for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program's 2020 Webinar Series today! Held monthly, these webinars showcase best practices and lessons learned from REPI partnerships nationwide that support military missions and accelerate the pace of conservation. All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
Indiana State Tree Farm Committee Seeking Nominations for their Outdoor Lab of the Year Award
The Indiana State Tree Farm Committee strongly encourages the development of quality outdoor education classrooms and sponsors a contest to recognize an Outstanding Outdoor School Classroom each year. ISTFC is seeking nominations for a school that has an outdoor lab that stresses outdoor learning and multiple use resource management. Applications are due November 6, 2020.
2019-2020 Cover Crop Survey with New "Planting Green" Data
The sixth survey from CTIC, USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is the first to go into detail on "planting green," a practice employed by 52% of the respondents. Among farmers who planted green, 71% reported better weed control and 68% said soil moisture management improved. And despite the record-setting wet spring, yields after cover crops increased 5% in soybeans, 2% in corn and 2.6% in spring wheat.
Apply to Host Smithsonian Exhibit called 'WATER|WAYS'
Deadline to apply to host is Friday, September 18. Indiana Humanities is bringing a Smithsonian traveling exhibit called Water/ways to Indiana next year. Six communities will be selected to host the exhibit, receive training and get a $2,000 grant to develop local programs about how their community has been shaped by its relationship to water. 
Small Drops Make a Big Impact!
Clear Choices Clean Water
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.
Fun Fact: A mature oak tree can intercept around 40,000 gallons of stormwater a year!
Visit the #ClearChoices website to learn more tree facts!
Upcoming Conservation Events :
  • September 16 -Resolutions due
  • September 17 - Women's Learning Circle, Wabash & Miami Co.
  • September 18 - Deadline for Indiana Conservation Award applications
  • October 8 - Wildlife Field Day, Wayne Co SWCD
  • October 13 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 14 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 15 - ICP Staff Training, Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, in person
  • October 21, 28 and November 4 - ICP Staff Training: Nutrient Mgmt Planning Workshop, virtual

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.