Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
February 1, 2017
Conservation Update

January 19, 2017 - February 1, 2017

2017 Annual Conference Thanks...
Thank you to all who attended, presented, exhibited, sponsored and volunteered at this year's Annual SWCD Conference on January 23-24, 2017. If you haven't had a chance to fill out the evaluation form, please take a few minutes to help us continue to provide the best conference for you.
SWCD Annual Conference 2018 - SAVE THE DATE!
January 8-9, 2018

2017 Indiana Legislative Session Statehouse Visits
IASWCD is offering to coordinate visits to the Indiana Statehouse during February and March. These visits will provide an overview of the legislative process, a tour as well as a meet and greet time with your legislators.  Dates, details and registration information can be found   here .

CCSI News 
Calling all SWCD Staff . . .
Basics of Soil Health Training
February 8 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm EST
West Lafayette
This training is part of our Soil Health Curriculum and was developed in 2013 to provide more connection between traditional soils science and the evolving science of soil health. This foundational knowledge of soils and soil health will become even more important as Indiana's Nutrient Management/Soil Health task force emphasizes the need to adopt practices that can reduce nutrient loading in surface waters, avoid regulation, and help improve the bottom line for Indiana farmers.

Great training for District staff who:
  • are new/newer staff
  • have not taken soil science courses
  • have not attended Core/Advanced Cover Crops or Core/Advanced Soil Health Systems trainings
This training is held every other year.  To enhance the learning experience, seating w ill be limited. Registration is available at Eventbrite.  
NACD News  
Conservation Clip List
The Conservation Clip List is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides their members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. If you have a relevant submission, please contact your   NACD Communications Team.

View the latest weekly Conservation Clip List
Webinar: Soil Health Economics: A Farmer's Perspective
Mar 14, 2017 2:00 pm  US/Eastern
Pre-registration not required. For more information...
  • Rodney Rulon, Rulon Enterprises, Arcadia, IN
Webinar: Introduction to Plant Identification
Feb. 23, 2017 2:00 p.m. EST
Current Acting Officers - Media Advisory
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2017 - In response to several requests, here is a listing of departmental personnel  designated to serve in various senior USDA positions until successors are appointed by the new Administration.
In addition to the positions in this list, Michael Young (Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis) is acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Dr. Sam Clovis is the Senior White House Advisor for USDA.
IDEA News  
Membership Drive
Indiana District Employees Association (IDEA), in partnership with the IASWCD and ISDA Division of Soil Conservation, organizes training meetings and workshops for district employees. In addition, they assist with various events and activities to strengthen Soil and Water Conservation programs throughout Indiana. Membership is open to any Indiana Soil and Water Conservation District employee who is supportive of the objectives and mission of IDEA. Any other interested person or organization may become an Associate member. Annual dues are $25.00 per person. Your dues make it possible for IDEA to provide training programs and networking opportunities for all District employees. The membership drive is currently taking place for the 2017 year. Membership forms and more details can be found here.

Silent Auction
The IDEA Silent Auction was a success at this year's SWCD Annual Conference hosted by IASWCD on January 23-24. A record high of $1,185 was collected for the 25 items that were donated by attendees and partners. Competition and fun was the name of the game for various items. The Indiana District Employees Association is pleased with this successful outcome and sends a heart-felt thank you to all those who participated in donating and bidding during the event on Monday.  IDEA will be using the proceeds to further the Indiana State Poster Contest and Staff Scholarships.
Purdue Extension News  
Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL)
Applications due February 17
Purdue Extension's new Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program is now accepting applications for the inaugural community action planning meetings.  This new program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and a program track of either land use planning at a watershed scale or invasive species management. Read more...
Other News
Central Hardwood Oak Ecology and Wildlife Management Conference
March 7-8, 2017
The Season Lodge in Nashville, Indiana
This conference is open to landowners, professional resource managers and anyone interested in our oak forests. Plenary session will include programs on oak ecology, disturbance ecology, deer and oak forests and funding for forest restoration and management.  For more information and registration information, click here .

Fresh Produce Growers Survey
The North Central Regional Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical Assistance (NCR FSMA), needs fresh produce growers to complete this survey in order to know the ne eds  of the growers and to help the growers comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

Please pass this information to any fresh produce growers you may know. 
They are asking that the growers complete two short surveys at different times. The first one (link below) needs to be completed by February 28, 2017. It will take about 5 minutes to complete.  As a token of appreciation, NCRFSMA will hold drawings after each survey round and award to three participants a $50 gift card. Note: Entry in the drawing  will require  that the survey taker provide their name and contact information. There will be an optional link at the end of the survey for them to enter their information. It is NOT tied to their responses.Survey linked here

  • Call to Envirothon alumni
    • Did you or someone you know participate in Envirothon? The National Conservation Foundation would like to highlight the alumni of the program and what they're up to now. Please contact NACD Director of Development Melisa Augusto.
  • INDIANA Envirothon
    • Deadline to register for Regional competition is February 24, 2017
    • Registration forms and the 2017 Envirothon booklet can be found on the IASWCD Envirothon page
4-H Extension
The 2017 National Association of 4-H Extension Agents/Educators Conference will be held November 12-17, 2017, at JW Marriott in Indianapolis.  This is a professional development workshop and 1,500 people are expected to attend.There are several opportunities for SWCDs and Extension service to be involved. See conference website here
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: 

February 2 - Indiana Agvocate Training, Orange County

February 6 - Mission Monarch Habitat Creation Workshop, Hamilton County SWCD

February 8 - CCSI Basic Soil Health Training

February 22 - Hamilton County Garden Network Inaugural Meeting

February 24 - DEADLINE to register for regional competition for Envirothon

March 2-4 - Small Farm Conference

March 2-3 - Indiana Lakes Management Society conference

March 8 - Understanding Native Pollinators and Their Needs, Monroe County

March 15 - Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting

March 21 - NACD Fly-In

March 31 - Deadline for 2017 IDEA Membership dues 

April 30-May 7 - Stewardship and Education Week

July 30-August 2 - SWCS Annual Conference

August 4-20 - Indiana State Fair

November 8-9 - National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Office Administration/Education Coordinator - Cass County SWCD 

Urban Conservationist - Marion County SWCD

Watershed Technician - Macon County SWCD, Illinois 

Communications Facilitator - Indiana Family of Farmers
*(Note: please submit job openings to: 
and include instructions for applying, deadline and job description in a single PDF file. Thank you.)