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July 22, 2020
VirTuesdays: Training for Indiana District Staff and Supervisors
ISDA and IASWCD are hosting three Virtual Trainings on Tuesday evenings beginning August 25 for Indiana District Staff and Supervisors. 

Three Tuesdays, three topics:
August 25 - Succession Planning
September 1 - Effective Board Meetings
September 8 - Roles and Responsibilities of District Staff and Supervisors

Attend one, two or all three! Registration is required and open now!
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Urban Ag Conservation Agreement Q & A Recorded and Now Accessible
On July 16, IASWCD hosted a Q&A regarding the upcoming Urban Ag Conservation Agreement. This Q&A was recorded and can be viewed at the link below. Please contact Joe Schmees with any additional questions. To access the recording, click the link below and use the Access Password (Must enter exactly):  92Conservation!
2020 Delgate Notebook for Districts
There should be a 2020 Delegate Notebook in each of the 92 Indiana Districts. These are given to the voting delegates at the SWCD Annual Conference each year. These notebooks are also posted and updated each year online on the IASWCD website and include:
  • Past year business meeting minutes
  • IASWCD By-Laws
  • IASWCD Financial Statements
  • Legislator lists with contact information
  • District Law
  • Resolution Process information
  • and more!
2021 Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts
 is Going Virtual
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the IASWCD Board of Directors met last week and it was decided that the 2021 Annual Conference would be held virtually in January. This was not an easy decision, but as these are uncertain times, the health and safety of our members and partners is of utmost importance.  At this time, the current dates of  January 10-12, 2021  for this conference will remain the same; and, the Annual Business meeting  for the Association will also be held virtually during the same timeframe.

Our hope is that this conference, though different, will provide an opportunity for some to attend who have never been able to attend! Stay tuned as we provide more details moving forward.
Thank you to the 23 Indiana Districts who have already paid annual membership dues to IASWCD:
(as of 7-17-20)
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 16, 2020.
Enviroscape Offers Exclusive NACD Discount
NACD and Enviroscape are excited to offer a variety of exclusive discounts to conservation districts who are interested in purchasing  EnviroScape hands-on models , including the watershed/nonpoint source and coastal watershed models.
Conservation districts can receive discounts with the following promotional codes:

  • 10% off one or more EnviroScape models with the code NACD10
  • 15% off five or more EnviroScape models with the code NACD15
  • 20% off 10 or more EnviroScape models with the code NACD20
Enter the promotional codes when ordering online or contact  erin@enviroscapes.com  to place an order.
Call for NACD U&C Webinar Proposals
The NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group (RPG) is seeking proposals for the FY2021 Urban and Community (U&C) Conservation Webinars.

Submit your presentation proposal(s) by sending a brief paragraph describing the program/project you would like to showcase to NACD Senior Advisor  Deb Bogar  at
deb-bogar@nacdnet.org  by  Aug. 1, 2020 .
NACD Awards $6.5 Million to Conservation Districts to Boost Capacity
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the award of $6.5 million in new technical assistance grants to nearly 400 conservation districts in 36 states and territories.
These grants, made possible through an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), complement the $8.5 million in technical assistance grants  awarded to previous grantees in March  of this year.
D.C. Office Closed Until September 7
NACD’s Washington, D.C. office will remain closed with staff teleworking until  Monday, Sept. 7  in light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Submit Your Ideas:
NACD 2021 Annual Meeting Theme
Help us come up with a theme to celebrate NACD's 75th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., scheduled for Feb. 6-10, 2021.
The winning submission will also earn a complimentary full registration to the 2021 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit your idea is  July 24 .
To submit your theme idea, please fill out the form  here .
NACD Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions
NACD is now  soliciting applications for breakout sessions  for the 2021 Annual Meeting, which is currently being planned as an in-person meeting. Applications must be submitted by  Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
2020 IDEA Fall Conference Cancelled
The IDEA Fall Conference that was slated to take place in October in Muncie, Indiana has been cancelled. At this time, IDEA is planning to hold the 2021 Fall Conference in that same location.
Region Director's Seek Member Input on One Day Event Possibility
Would you be intersted in a one day event for mid-late October this year? We value your input, so please take a few minutes to answer this 8 question survey. Survey open through July 31 @4pm.
ISDA Grants - New Grants Management Portal
Beginning in 2020 all grant applications received by ISDA must be submitted utilizing the online grants management portal. If you have questions about the portal or need assistance to create an account, please contact Leah Harmon at  lharmon2@isda.in.gov .
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinar Portal
The Webinar Portal, a product of  Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF)  and winner of the  2011 USDA Forest Service’s Two Chiefs’ Partnership Award , is a “multi discipline” web platform used to promote and deliver live and on-demand webinars focused on forestry, conservation, climate science and other natural resource disciplines.
USDA Announces More Than 1.2 Million Acres Accepted in Recent Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the acceptance of more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup period that began March 16 and ended May 15. The number of acres offered during this signup period was 1.9 million acres, over 3 times the number offered during the last signup period in 2016.
Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Timing of some activities may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.
Other News
Save the Date:
Soil Health Institute's 5th Annual Meeting
The Soil Health Institute (SHI) will hold its fifth annual meeting virtually from  July 30-31, 2020 .
ALP Golf Benefit
August 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1800 East King
Franklin, IN 46131
Soil Health Partnership: The People of Soil Health Podcast
The People of Soil Health Podcast provides a direct connection into the network of soil health professionals who are focused on the on-farm economic and environmental benefits of soil health.
Host  John Mesko , SHP Senior Director, interviews the best in the agricultural and environmental industries to discuss soil health practices and management systems, issues facing farmers, and insights from soil data sets. 
Tune in to listen to experts answer soil health questions, share their experiences, and more.
Job Postings   :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities are 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.
Upcoming Conservation Events  :
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events and more details,  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.