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Conservation INsight
August 29, 2018
Pathway to Water Quality (PWQ)
What a great year at Pathway! THANK YOU!
To all those who volunteered this year . . . your countless volunteer hours made Pathway a huge success for its 26th year. If you volunteered, please take the time to fill out this  Google form survey . This survey is beneficial for discovering ways to improve each year. Survey open now through August 30.  
Cover Crop display
Green Roof Entrance
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch visit (with Jason Kirchoff)
NEW Soil Health Tunnel
NEW Watershed Puzzle
Joe Schmees and Kris Vance
Northeast, Northwest and Central Region - SWCD Meetings
The Northwest SWCD Meeting was rescheduled and is now taking place on November 15. Same location: Fair Oaks and Same time: 5 pm (CDT). Please view the flyer and registration links below for more details. Registration still open for the remaining three SWCD Region Meetings.
Northwest - November 15
Northeast - September 10
Central - September 13

A light-hearted competition between regions will take place based on attendance. Bring a canned good/non-perishable to the meeting and receive extra points for your region!

Specific meeting agendas and updates can be viewed on the  IASWCD Conservation Calendar .
(RSVPs due one week prior to the meeting date.)
Flyer:   Region Meetings
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In Memory of Sharon Watson, White County SWCD Director
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon's family and friends. Sharon Kay Watson, 60, of Monticello, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette.
She was born on January 8, 1958 in Wabash to the late Harold "Bryce" and Mary (Quarry) Mitchell who survives and resides in La Fontaine. 
IASWCD Resolution Submission
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 Friday, September 7, 2018 .
Upcoming Conservation Awards - LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!
Friend of Conservation, Supervisor of the Year and Conservation Farmer of the Year Awards information on the IASWCD Awards page . Nominations due by September 7 .
Nominate Your Conservation Heroes
Time is running out to  submit a nomination form  for NACD's national service awards. Too often, the folks responsible for making conservation partnerships, practices, programs and projects successful go unnoticed. That's why NACD's Annual Awards Program strives to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and leadership in soil and water conservation. Be sure to nominate your conservation leader by  Friday, Aug. 31!
Indiana partnership at its best:
Indiana erases boundaries in forest management practices
By partnering with several other groups and with funding through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP), Indiana soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are tackling invasive species and managing areas for oak regeneration.
NACD's 2019 Annual Meeting
NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting will be held February 2-6, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted in partnership with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), the 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. 
NACD is now  accepting applications for breakout sessions  for the 2019 Annual Meeting. Applications must be submitted to NACD Northeast Region Representative and Policy Specialist Eric Hansenat  eric-hansen@nacdnet.org  by Friday, September 14.
NACD has just released their Summer 2018 edition of The Resource .
Family farms receive Hoosier Homestead Award
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 10, 2018) — At the Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler honored 88 families with the Hoosier Homestead Award for their longstanding commitment to Indiana agriculture.
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of 20 acres or more in size or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.
Agricultural leaders recognized for their vision
INDIANAPOLIS (August 16, 2018) — At the Indiana State Fair today,  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch  presented the AgriVision Award to the Jerry Seger Family, and Tim and Jim Craig with James Allen Insurance. Now in its 12th year, the award recognizes members of Indiana’s agricultural community for demonstrating vision, innovation and leadership in their field.
Agriculture photo contest winners announced 
INDIANAPOLIS (August 16, 2018) —  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch  and the  Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced today the winners of the 2018 Indiana Agriculture photo contest. The winning photographs will be displayed in the offices of the Lt. Governor’s Family of Business in Indianapolis.
Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Indiana Impacted by Natural Disasters
Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Steven Brown announcing low-interest loans are available for producers in Harrison, Crawford, Floyd and Washington Counties who suffered severe physical losses due to high winds, hail and multiple tornadoes that occurred on July 20, 2018. 
Upcoming Facilitator Training
September 5-6 
NRCS state office in Indianapolis
September 5 – Basic Facilitation Training
 This session is for those who have never had facilitation training or want to review or brush up on your skills. Draft topics will include subjects such as role of the facilitator, importance of ground rules and parking lot, working with the meeting planner to develop agendas and expected outcomes, flip chart recording, common and useful tools for problem solving, building consensus and reaching agreement, and testing conclusions.
September 6 - (Two sessions will be held, pick one)
  1.  Conservation Learning Circles – As a facilitator, leading a learning circle is different than facilitating a meeting with expected outcomes, such as strategic planning or conference planning. This session will help you apply and hone your meeting management and facilitation skills in a learning circle environment to ensure women landowners are experiencing a well-planned meeting. (pre-requisite – you must either have attended a learning circle or the orientation training (this will be provided by Susan Meadows in August prior to attending the facilitator training). Attendees will understand the common keys to a successful conservation learning circle for women non­-operating landowners and gain confidence in applying general facilitation skills to a conservation learning circle.
  2. Mid-Level Facilitation Training – This training session is for those who have had some basic facilitation training and/or have facilitated or co-facilitated meetings. Draft topics will include observation and diagnosis, testing patterns and levels of agreement, giving and receiving feedback, intervention strategies (when and how to intervene), and conflict management. We hope to build in a practice session or two. 
Please contact NRCS staff members below to let them know if you are interested or have further questions.
Susan Meadows at  Susan.Meadows@in.usda.gov   
or Becky Fletcher at  rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov
Other News
ISU exhibit at Farm Progress Show will compare practices for keeping nutrients on the land
Jamie Benning, manager of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach water quality program, and a team of scientists will have several crop production practices on display in the ISU tent at the 2018 Farm Progress Show . They will bring information about lower risk, higher efficiency in-field practices and also have demonstrations of edge-of-field practices to engage visitors in conversations about options to consider. The Farm Progress Show will be held in Boone, Iowa, on Aug. 28-30. 
SFI Grant Program Request for Proposals Process
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announces its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program in early fall of each year. Grants from SFI contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and represent SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. 
ICAN Quarterly Brown Bag Lunch
September 20
11:30 am to 1 pm
In Avon, IN, enjoy networking with others interested in getting kids outside. Learn new strategies and get new ideas for environmental education. Learn from an expert who is working with public schools and using the outdoors for education!
Soil Health Systems for Organic Transition Workshop
September 6
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Shuter Sunset Farms, 7400 N 400 W, Frankton, IN. 
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Southwest Indiana ICP Pollinator Training
September 7
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (EDT)
NCR-SARE Announces 2019 Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants Call for Proposals
The 2019 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE)  Youth Educator Grant Call for Proposals  is now available. Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible).  Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.
Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation announces grant funding
IFEF is pleased to announce that they have funding for $500.00 competitive grants, which are available for projects that align with their mission and vision of educating about forestry stewardship and forestry management. In addition, this year, they are offering  up to $1,000.00  grant opportunities for projects that feature and promote outreach and communication specifically about young forests and their importance to create forest diversity. If you have great ideas for a project (may include, but is not limited to field days, video, flyers, advertisements, photos with captions, other multi-media, etc.) to promote Indiana young forest initiatives, let them know! Applications accepted through October 7.
Online Applications now available for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program
If you’re interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2019 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to: 
Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills.
Enrollment deadline: November 3
Start planning for . . . Imagine a Day Without Water
Each year, the Value of Water Campaign challenges Americans to  Imagine a Day Without Water and raise awareness for this vital resource, which is central to our day-to-day lives, both inside and outside our homes.
On October 10, celebrate the significance of water by hosting events, partnering with your elected officials, or showcasing local businesses and allies. V isit the Imagine a Day Without Water webpage  for ideas on how you can get involved.
Certify Your Native Garden
You’ve made the effort to add native plants to your landscape, increasing biodiversity and enhancing habitat. Well done! You deserve some recognition, and the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society can provide the means to show off your native garden as an example for others. Step one is to get your Native Garden Certification.
Thank you to these 85 Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts for their payment of membership dues to IASWCD:
(please note dues payments are due in September)
Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.
  • District Administration Manager, LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Chief Scientific Officer, Soil Health Institute
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  :
August 30 - ICP Invasive Species Training
August 30 - Davis Purdue Ag Center Field Day
September 5 -  Organic Ag Professional Devlpmnt Training
September 5-6 - IAFSM Conference, Evansville
September 5-6 - Facilitator Training, NRCS Office
September 6 - Tri-State Technical Training Field Day
September 7 - SW ICP Pollinator Training
September 7 - IASWCD Conservation Awards Deadline
September 7 - SWCD Resolutions due
September 10 - NE SWCD Region Meeting
September 13 - CENTRAL SWCD Region Meeting
September 13 -  Organic Ag  Professional Dvlpmnt Training
September 28 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis
October 2-4 - IDEA Fall Conference, Bloomington, IN
October 30 - SSCB Meeting, TBD
November 15 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
November 30 - Leadership Institute
December 7 - Leadership Institute
February 2-6, 2019 - NACD Annual Meeting
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .