Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
March 28, 2018
Conservation Update

March 15 - March 28, 2018
Conservation Conversation: Annual Fly-In to Capitol Hill
Indiana Conservation leaders met on Capitol Hill last week for the annual NACD Fly-In to advocate for conservation and the preservation of our nation's natural resources. 
L to R: Roger Wenning, Jamie Scott, Jill Reinhart, Gene Schmidt, Sarah Delbecq
Sarah Delbecq, IASWCD Board member, was one of four representing the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). She states, "The concept of conservation essentially gets universal support from Indiana policymakers, and they all recognize and want to maintain Indiana's status as a conservation leader in the nation. Being on the same page like that makes conversations during a fly-in to Washington, DC so much more productive than they would be if we had to convince them that conservation was a good thing. When IASWCD sits down for a meeting, policymakers are ready to engage and listen as we tell them what is working and what is most important."

L to R: Gene Schmidt, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Jamie Scott
Jamie Scott, Roger Wenning, and Gene Schmidt were also there representing the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts; along with Jill Reinhart, Acting Indiana State Conservationist, NRCS; and the North Central Region NACD Representative, Beth Mason. This group visited all eleven congressional offices to discuss the new Farm Bill, 319 grant program and other natural resources issues. They also had the opportunity to meet with Anne Simmons, Democratic Staff Director for the House Agriculture Committee, and Ted McKinney, prior Director of ISDA and currently serving as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. 

L to R: Roger Wenning, Jamie Scott, Jill Reinhart, Senator Joe Donnelly, Beth Mason, Sarah Delbecq, and Gene Schmidt

Executive Director Search for IASWCD
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) is seeking an Executive Director. Resumes and cover letters are now being accepted through April 6 (or until the position is filled).  View the job description here.

Clear Choices, Clean Water Sub-License for Districts
Districts still interested in entering into a sub-license with CCCW, please contact Jennifer Boyle Warner . April 1 is the deadline. Districts may enter into a sub-license after the April 1, but the sub-license will be for less than 2 years at that time.  

2019 Annual Conference: Call for Abstracts - due by April 18
This year the IASWCD is promoting a Call for Abstracts for the 2019 Annual Conference taking place January 14-15, 2019 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Details  regarding submission of these abstracts can be found here. Abstracts may be submitted via email or the  online Google Form  by April 18.

2019 Annual Conference: Planning Committee
We need you! If you are interested in being a part of the 2019 Annual SWCD Conference planning team, please contact Amy Work ( ) or Jennifer Boyle Warner ( The time commitment is minimal. The team will meet one time in late April at the Indiana Farm Bureau building in downtown Indianapolis. After that a few phone calls or emails will take place.

River Friendly Farmer Nominations Now Being Accepted
Now through June 15, Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts may nominate up to two landowners/farmers for this annual award. The River Friendly Farmer Award is a statewide initiative that  recognizes farmers, who through their everyday conservation management practices do an outstanding job of protecting Indiana's rivers, lakes and streams. Watershed organizations also may nominate farmers for the award by submitting an application to a county SWCD. More information...

ICP March 13 Webinar 
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The link to this webinar is now live.  Hear updates from ISDA Divison of Soil Director, Jordan Seger; IASWCD Executive Director, Jennif er Boyle Warner; Ben Wicker, Indiana Ag Nutrient Alliance; Dave Scott, Office of Indiana State Chemist; Jennifer Chen, NRCS; and Steve Yaninek, Purdue professor, giving an update on Purdue's efforts with Invasive Species. 
Conservation Districts Key in the Agricultural Sustainability Conversation
By Laura Demmel
A conversation has been brewing for years on the topic of agricultural sustainability. As consumers care more and more about where their food comes from, the entire food and agriculture industry has responded. From the farm level to the retailer, companies and organizations are assessing how to best measure the sustainability of food and agricultural products produced at every point in the supply chain. Conservation districts have the opportunity to enter into the conversation on the farm and ranch level.  Read more...

NACD Applauds Conservation Measures in Omnibus Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2018) - Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations package that will improve conservation delivery across the United States. 
"NACD is encouraged by the strong support for conservation programs in the omnibus," NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. "These provisions provide both the staff and financial assistance essential to conservationists, and we hope to see similar funding in FY 2019 appropriations this fall."  Read more ...

Two Publications Now Released
NACD is excited to announce the release of the 2017 Annual Report and the 2018 winter edition of The Resource.
State Soil Conservation Board Meeting (SSCB) 
Wednesday, April 4 at 1:00 pm at the NRCS State Office (6013 Lakeside Blvd. Indianapolis). Upcoming SSCB meeting dates: May 15 (Knox County); July 24 (NRCS, Indianapolis); September 18 (NRCS, Indianapolis); and, October 30 (TBD).
New Video Job Aid Just Released
A video job aid called "How to Describe and Sample Fragments in the Field" is now available at: The video explains sampling and describing rock, pararock, and other fragments in the soil as well as how to determine and describe the quantity of fragments in the soil on a volume and weight basis using National Cooperative Soil Survey methods and references.

NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2018 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking assistance to complete restoration work of degraded wetlands, floodplains and forestlands. 
NRCS is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to implement restoration activities on eligible easement properties. Up to $250 million is available for these restoration projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands Area - Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Potential applicants should review the funding opportunity, USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP- EWPP-HFRP-18-01, at, which includes application materials and submission procedures. Applications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 18, 2018.
2018 Membership fee due by March 31
$25 per person
New or renew your membership by 3/31. All dues received after March 31 will apply to a 2019 membership. More details...

2018 Poster Contest
Posters due at the IASWCD office by Friday, June 8.

2018 Fall Conference - SAVE THE DATE!
October 2-4
Bloomington, IN
Other News
Webinar: Nurturing a Love of Nature for Hoosier Kids
Thursday April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern
Do you enjoy nurturing a love of nature with the youth that you serve? Kids need nature! Children who spend time in nature are less stressed, better test takers, andmore confident. The Children of Indiana Nature Park invites a personal connection between young Hoosiers and nature by providing each K-12 student in Indiana with their very own spot in the Park!  Each Nature IN-Deed has its own geographic coordinate so kids can find their spot! Email  to register for the event or to request more information.

IDEM Seeks Nominations for the 2018 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence to recognize organizations that have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes.
The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence are Indiana's highest environmental recognition and are open to all Indiana facilities, government agencies, individuals and other groups that implement exemplary environmental projects or initiatives with measurable results. Nominations due no later than Monday, May 7 at 5 pm.  Read more ...

IDEM: Section 319(h) Solicitation
The solicitation for applications for FFY 2019 Section 319 grant funds begins April 1, 2018. Notice of Intent (NOI) emails for the FFY 2019 grant solicitation are due  June 1, 2018. The NOI is a formal notification of the intent to submit an application and includes a brief description of the project. Read more...

EPA Environmental Education Grant Deadline Extended
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

Still Time to Be Counted in the US Census of Agriculture
Indiana farmers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census
of Agriculture, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers. Visit

Save the date for CTIC's 2018 Conservation in Action Tour near the Chesapeake Bay
The 11 th  annual Conservation in Action Tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), will take place near the country's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, in Annapolis, Maryland on  July 10 and 11, 2018 . Read more...
In This Issue
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Upcoming Events
Please refer to the IASWCD Events and CCSI Soil Health Events calendars for a full list of upcoming events and more details regarding these events below: 

March 29 -   -  Forest Managment for the Private Woodland Owner, Johnson County

April 4 - SSCB meeting, NRCS Indianapolis

April 5 - Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner, Johnson County

April 7 - Hults Farm Field Day, Delaware County

April 12 Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner, Johnson County

April 14 - Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner, Johnson County

April 14 - Permaculture in Practice Workshop, Hamilton County

April 17 - Grant Writing-Deeper Dive, United Way of Central Indiana

April 19 - Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner, Johnson County

April 29-May 6 - NACD Stewardship Week

May 15 - SSCB Meeting, Knox County

May 28 - Memorial Day

June 15 - River Friendly Farmer Award Applications due 

July 19 - Agronomy Field Day, Steuben County

July 24 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis

August 2-8 - NACD Summer Meeting

August 3-19 - Indiana State Fair

August 28 -  Leadership Institute

September 28 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis

October 2-4 - Indiana District Employees Association (IDEA) Fall Conference, Lake Monroe, Bloomington, IN

October 30 - SSCB Meeting, TBD

November 30 - Leadership Institute

December 7 - Leadership Institute
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Special Projects Director

Biologist - Big Rivers (IL/KY/MO)  - Ducks Unlimited

Resource Specialist - Wabash River Enhancement Corporation

Conservation Technician and Outreach Assistant,
Hamilton County SWCD

Executive Director,
Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Executive Director, Wesselman Woods Nature Society

*(Note: please submit job openings to: 
and include instructions for applying, deadline, 
and job description
 in a single PDF file. Thank you.)