Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
October 25, 2017
Conservation Update

October 12, 2017 - October 25, 2017

75th Annual Conference of Indiana  S WCDs - 
Be a Part of the Story... Discover the Next Chapter
Early bird deadline for registration is: December 1

District Photos Needed! See this email that was distributed to districts regarding photos needed for an annual conference project. 

Trade Show Booth space is SOLD OUT! To view this year's exhibitors and sponsors, visit the
Annual Conference page .  #INSWCDConf 

Supervisor Scholarship Applications
Now being accepted through  November 3. Application information can be found on the Annual Conference page.

District Delegate Registration
Each Soil and Water Conservation District in good standing with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Inc. will have the opportunity to send one SWCD Supervisor delegate to the Annual Conference business meeting. Please see further details on the delegate registration pageDelegate forms due by December 30, 2017 .

Region Meetings
View agenda items and additional details in the  IASWCD Online Conservation Calendar
S-SW Region Meeting
November 13 
Vincennes University
6-8 pm EST
N-NW Region Meeting
December 5
Lake County SWCD Conf Room
5:30-8 pm CST

S-NW Region Meeting
December 7
Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon
6-8 pm 
S-SE Region Meeting
December 12
Save the Date!
Conservation Clip List
This publication is a  weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides their members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. Click here to view NACDs latest Clip List.

January 27-31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee
Speakers have been announced! Registration and more information can be found here. By registering online, you'll receive a $15 discount! You can also head to NACDs  annual meeting webpage to register and find information on how to book your hotel room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center with NACD's special discount price of $199 a night.
New Interactive Story Map Shows Conservation Data
Explore Indiana State Department of Agriculture's new online story map. This online interactive conservation map organizes information by Indiana's 10 main
river and lake basins. From there, the information is condensed and available by watershed. Each basin includes sections on water quality and soil health that encompass everything from total acres of cover crops planted to sediments prevented from entering Indiana's waterways. 
New Study Emphasizes Value of Farm Conservation Practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin
Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12, 2017 - Indiana farmers in the six counties of the Western Lake Erie basin are having positive impacts on Lake Erie, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This report by USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) shows these practices reduce phosphorus losses from fields by an estimated 61 percent and reduce the amount of phosphorus being delivered to Lake Erie by an estimated 41 percent.
"Indiana farmers have always been conservation leaders," said Jane Hardisty, Indiana State Conservationist with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "When farmers' voluntary conservation efforts are all added together in one watershed, they really can make a difference.  NRCS and our partners are proud to serve these farmers through conservation planning and financial support to provide farmers a step-by-step plan to continue to achieve positive results." Read more...

Monarch Butterflies: 10 Ways Farmers Can Help
The monarch is one of the most familiar butterflies in North America, known for its annual, multi-generational migration from overwintering sites in central Mexico and coastal California to as far north as Canada. But populations of the black-and-orange butterfly have decreased significantly over the past two decades.  America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily combating the decline of monarchs by adding and maintaining high-quality monarch habitat on their land. Read more...

Don't Miss the latest NRCS SOIL HEALTH UPDATE: 
Other News
The Ag Data Conference
November 29-30
Iowa City, Iowa
  • Build your field-by-field and whole-farm data skill set to improve efficiency and profits.
  • Hear speakers who deliver practical advice - from inputs, soils and agronomics to data gathering, analysis, field ROI and more.
  • Interact with top data minds across industry, universities, independent consultants and experienced farmer/advisor panels.
  • and More!
More information and registration here

Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN)
2018 Nature Play Days Announced

December Brown Bag Lunch
Outdoor Learning Spaces - part of ICANs Brown Bag Lunch Series
Thursday December 14th   12pm-1pm
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church  - Carmel

National Arbor Day Foundation-
Arbor Day Award Nominations
Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation honors top individuals and organizations involved in exemplary tree planting and environmental practices. Since 1972, t
he Foundation has presented awards for work at the international, national, state, and community levels to recognize conservation efforts such as tree planting and care, Arbor Day celebrations, education, community projects, and roadside beautification. Nominate an individual or organization here.

National FFA Convention and Expo
October 25-28, 2017
Indianapolis, IN 
Over 65,000 FFA members will arrive in Indianapolis for their national convention this year. The official welcome was presented on October 19 with Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch attending and emphasizing the need for both
agriculture and technology in Indiana's future.  

Hoosier Chapter-Soil and Water Conservation Society 
Annual Hoosier Chapter Meeting 
(Business meeting to follow immediately after - all are welcome)
When: November 16, 2017 - 9 am to 3:30 pm 
Where:  FFA Leadership Conference Center; 6595 S 125 W
Trafalgar, IN 46181
Registration:  Lunch and Breaks included
$60-non-members (includes 1-year membership)
Register by Nov. 9 

Soil and Water Conservation  Society 
2017 National Conference on C over Crops and Soil Health
December 7-8, 2017, Ind ianapolis, IN
This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent develop ments in how cover crops are being used by  in novative farmers across the country 
and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and
scientists.Early Bird rate ends November 7.  For more information and the registration link visit the SWCS Conference webpage.

In This Issue
Quick Links
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: 

November 1 - Cover Crop Field Day, Lake County

November 3- DEADLINE: Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy

November 5 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 9 - Farming for the Future, Brook, IN

November 10 - Veteran's Day Observed

November 12-17 -  National Association of 4-H Extension Agents/Educators Conference in Indianapolis

November 13 - S-SW Region Meeting

November 15 - Gathering of IN Stakeholders in Farm Transfer/Succession, Greenfield

November 16 - Hoosier Chapter-SWCD - Annual Meeting

November 23 - Holiday: Thanksgiving Day

December 5 - N-NW Region Meeting, Crown Point, IN

December 7 - S-NW Region Meeting, Lebanon, IN

December 7-8 - National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, Indianapolis

December 12 - S-SE Region Meeting

January 8-9, 2018 - Annual SWCD Conference, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

January 27-31, 2018 - NACD Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

April 29-May 6, 2018 - NACD Stewardship Week
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Executive Director, Association of Illinois SWCD

Executive Director
Indiana Agriculture
 Nutrient Alliance

District Coordinator, 
Franklin County SWCD

Visiting Naturalist,
Cope Environmental Center
Centerville, IN

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Joseph Moore Museum, Earlham College

Watershed Coordinator,
Wabash River Enhancement Corp

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

November 3 - Supervisor Scholarship applications due

November 15 - District Photos due to

December 1 - Early Bird registration rates end

December 30 - District Delegate registration due