Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|August 30, 2017
August 17, 2017 - August 30, 2017
Three Conservation Award Nominations Due Sept. 8
Recognizes individuals or entities who have made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation in Indiana. Categories for the Friend of Conservation Award are: Corporate, Individual, and Nonprofit/Government. One winner from each category will be recognized. The winners will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
Honors Hoosier farmers who actively incorporate and practice conservation on the land. One Indiana farmer will be honored as the top conservation-minded producer in the Hoosier state. The winner will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
Honors Soil and Water Conservation District leaders "supervisors" for their outstanding and exemplary achievements and leadership in the protection and enhancement of Indiana's soil and water resources. An overall state winner will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
THE 2018 Annual SWCD Conference
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON! Watch Social Media for the big announcement on Friday!
Conference dates: January 8-9, 2018
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland St., 46220
Resolution Submissions - Due next week!
Senator Donnelly receives PWQ pin from Roger Wenning
On August 15,
Roger Wenning, Vice President of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) board, met with Senator Joe Donnelly and other ag leaders at the farm bill listening session. Wenning presented Donnelly with a Pathway to Water Quality 25 year anniversary pin. (pictured L to R: Roger Wenning; grandson Henry; and Senator Joe Donnelly)
Indiana District Employees Association Fall Conference
West Lafayette, IN
The IDEA Fall Conference is rapidly approaching and the South-Northwest region has been working hard to plan an exciting event centered on PARTNERSHIPS.
Before you register for the conference, please read through the conference information and agenda. You will need to make a few decisions (i.e. tours & activity participation) before you go to register.
If you are registering more than one person in your office, please send an email to email@example.com with a list of the names and what District you have registered. All registration checks should be mailed to Cindy Newkirk, IDEA Treasurer, at Hancock County SWCD, Attn: Cindy Newkirk, 1101 W Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140. For bookkeeping purposes, please include a note regarding who the payment includes. For hotel reservations, please call the hotel, Four Points Sheraton, West Lafayette, IN at 765-463-5511 and tell them you are with the IDEA Conference block to receive the $99 room rate. This rate is good until September 11th ONLY!
And just a reminder, the Fall Conference and the IASWCD Annual Conference will once again be hosting silent auctions at both events. Districts - and other attendees - are encouraged to bring something to put in the auction. Proceeds from both will benefit the State Poster Contest and IDEA Staff Scholarships.
Economic Benefits Realized in Recent Study
Read about the economic and soil health benefits in each of the individual four case studies
N-NW Region Meeting Date Set for December 5
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Lake County SWCD | Crown Point
2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program, a competitive grant created to help develop solutions to issues affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries. To apply for the SCMP grant, please visit
Proposals are due September 18 by 5 pm
(EDT). For additional grant assistance, please contact Ann McCambridge, ISDA's Grants Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-419-0200.
Don't Miss the latest NRCS SOIL HEALTH UPDATE:
FFA National Convention and Expo Judges Needed
NEED AN ADDITIONAL 40 VOLUNTEERS:
NRCS is looking for Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) help in judging the FFA Natural Resources and Environment events on October 25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 10 am to 3 pm.
The purpose of the environmental and natural resource career development event is to foster student interest and promote environmental and natural resource instruction in the agricultural education curriculum.
Judges are separated into two categories: verbal and teamwork. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
Please volunteer by contacting
Kris Vance at:
2018 Corn & Soybean Field Guide
Taking orders now for the first printing of custom covers of the 2018 Purdue Extension Corn & Soybean Field Guide.
The ordering deadline for the first printing is Friday,
. The completed guides will begin to ship by the
end of December 2017
The ordering deadline for the second printing is Friday,
January 26, 2018
. Completed guides will ship in late
For details, including prices and artwork requirements, please see the webpage.
Indiana's Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) Domestic Action Plan (DAP) for the Western Lake Erie Basin
Indiana's DAP Advisory Committee is seeking your input on the draft Indiana's Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) Domestic Action Plan (DAP) for the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) to reduce phosphorus to Lake Erie. The DAP public comment period begins August 14, 2017 and will end on October 13, 2017.
Gathering of Indiana Stakeholders in Farm Transfer/Farm Succession - SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, November 15
@ Hancock County Extension Office, Greenfield
10 am to 2 pm
Registration information coming in October
Pathway to Water Quality (PWQ)
to all those who volunteered this year at PWQ.
Your countless volunteer hours made Pathway a huge success for its 25th year. If you volunteered, please take the time to fill out this
Google form survey
. This survey is beneficial for finding ways to improve each year. Survey open now through September 6.
Indiana Envirothon is requesting updates for their booklet mailing list by Friday, September 15. If you have a particular high school teacher/home school group that this booklet should be sent to, please send that information to LuAnne Holeva at
. If you have a new high school in your area, a new high school building location, or a school that is no longer in existence, please send that information so the mailing list can be updated. Also, if any SWCD office or Purdue Extension office has moved please forward your information to LuAnne.
Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy
If you're interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 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 eng
age in basic and advanced level watershed topics.
- Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
- Interact with topic experts
- Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
- Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
Enrollment deadline: November 3, 2017.
Job Opportunity: Executive Director of Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance
Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance is a unique partnership of Indiana agricultural and conservation organizations in addition to state and federal agricultural and conservation agencies coming together to assist organizational partners nutrient research efforts and promotion of nutrient management and soil health practices educational programs. The organization was created to identify how partners can jointly enhance their programs to further the shared goal of improving nutrient use efficiency to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural production areas with the ultimate goal of enhancing water quality. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead the creation and development of this new partnership. A key responsibility will be to establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements between partners to promote active and broad participation. The goal is to manage and lead the organization towards the realization of its mission. The Executive Director will be responsible for the administrative, financial and marketing functions of the organization on a day to day basis to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Training for ICP Employees:
Pasture Plant ID and Prescribed Grazing Workshop
Space is limited and you must register. More information and registration can be found
SARE Grant Proposals Announced
2018 NORTH CENTRAL REGION SA
RE FARMER RANCHER GRANT CALL FOR PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED
There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum).
Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal on the
Proposals are due on
December 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. CST.
2018 NORTH CENTRAL REGION SARE PARTNERSHIP GRANT CALL FOR PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED
Individual grants are limited to $30,000. The deadline for Partnership Program proposals is October 26, 2017 at 4pm CDT. Find more information here.
2018 NORTH CENTRAL REGION SARE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION GRANT CALL FOR PRE PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED
Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000.
The deadline for Research and Education Program preproposals is October 19, 2017 at 4pm CDT. More information here.
The Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation
~Grant Funds Available~
IFEF is pleased to announce the availability of competitive grant funds to help educate and inform woodland owners and/or the public about forestry, woodland management and other Indiana forestry related topics.
For more details regarding the application and requirements, visit the IFEF website.
Completed online grant applications should be submitted no later than
midnight on Friday, September 15, 2017
. IFEF will make grant award announcements in December 2017.
Funding Opportunity: ORB WQT Project
The Ohio River Basin (ORB) Water Quality Trading (WQT) Project seeks to include funding for forestry (i.e. tree planting) as a best management practice to reduce nutrient runoff and enhance ecosystem function on farmland in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The project will also consider funding non-forestry practices that work synergistically with the forestry practice to further reduce nutrient runoff. Eligible producers are invited to submit funding requests.