Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|December 7, 2016
November 24 - December 7, 2016
2017 Annual SWCD Conference
Monday and Tuesday, January 23-24
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Rooms are filling fast!
Early Bird Rate Expires Thursday, December 15
Registration page and information can be found on the
Special THANKS to the
for this year's SWCD Conference!
Agri Drain Corp.
prides itself on being a partner in water management. They are a manufacturer and supplier of products for drainage water management, sub-irrigation, wetlands, ponds, lakes and erosion control and land improvement products including structures, valves, gates, survey and safety equipment.
Clark Farm Drainage
is a tiling business that specializes in large-scale pattern tile projects.Committed to protecting and preserving the environment and the land, this third-generation owned company is dedicated to helping design and implement the most environmentally sustainable projects, while helping boost customer profits.
2017 IASWCD Business Meeting - January 24, 2017
This business meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. (EST). One resolution has been submitted and can be viewed on the IASWCD website.
~Slate of IASWCD Officers
District Delegates will vote on the election of officers at the IASWCD Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 The slate of officers may be
viewed on the Annual Conference page of the
~Delegates for the 2017 IASWCD Business Meeting
Delegate forms due January 14
For more details and to access the delegate form, please visit the
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
Annual Conference Registration
Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 16
NACD's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the
from January 28 to February 1, 2017. View more d
etails and register
Already registered? Click here for transportation details to make traveling around Denver easier! Or, click here for conference agenda highlights!
GET YOUR T-SHIRT!
The Denver conference meeting logo is now on t-shirts! You can buy these super comfortable, cotton t-shirts in any adult size from
limited edition t-shirts
can be purchased for just $15 each, but only until
December 30, 2016
World Soil Day celebrated on December 5
Resources, including videos, are available to help understan
d the basics and
benefits of soil health. Check out the resources on the soil health section of the
Indiana NRCS Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Indianapolis, IN November 29, 2016 - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced that Indiana is now accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation's largest conservation program.
NRCS has made several revisions to the program this year to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications will help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These new tools also allow producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.
Information Security Awareness (ISA) Training
Deadline to complete training: February 1, 2017
All USDA employees, partners, TSPs, volunteers and contractors who have access to a CCE compliant computer must complete the mandatory annual information security awareness (ISA) training. This training is required by law and is an essential part of keeping the information systems secure. The FY17 ISA course will be assigned to AgLearn user accounts on October 1, 2016. Those who do not complete the training by this deadline will have their access to USDA computer systems suspended until the training is complete.
News Release: NRCS Conservation Funds Available for Western Lake Erie Basin
Indianapolis, IN, November 30, 2016- Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have another opportunity to obtain conservation financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications until January 20th for funding through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative.
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2017 Soils Planner Now Available!
The new 2017 Soils Planner titled "Soils Have Memory" is now available online at the NRCS Soils
You will also find all Soils Planners published since 1999, providing a valuable educational resource.
Past Soils Planners have covered a wide range of topics including: soil biology, State soils, hydric soils, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial (Soil Paintings), International Year of Soils, and many others.
January 10, 2017
2:00 p.m. (EST)
This webinar will teach strategies for improving soil function on range and pastures, including an emphasis on management of livestock like large migratory herds in natural systems for proper herd impact and increased nutrient and water cycling in grass ecosystems. Learn more >
Science and Technology Conservation Webinars 2017 Schedule
National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
The NWTF has officially initiated their Indiana NWTF 2017
Request for Proposals. The FY 17 Super Fund Application Form can be found
. The Indiana NWTF State Board of Directors will utilize these to score and rank the proposals they receive. The Final Date they will be accepting proposals for this annual cycle is February 24th, 2017. Questions? Contact:
National Wild Turkey Federation
4833 N. U.S. Hwy 31 | Scottville, MI 49454
Tips on Building an Effective Education and Outreach Campaign
Check out this publication on designing an effective education and outreach campaign. This article provides steps to building a campaign and provides conservation examples of effective campaigns
Read more >
Soil and Water Conservation Society
SWCS is now accepting abstracts for their 72nd International Annual Conference.
To view the full Call for Presentations and instructions on how to submit your proposal, click here.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 9, 2017
POSTER DEADLINE: March 10, 2017
For more information regarding the conference click here.
CONFERENCE SUBMISSION TRACKS
This year's conference includes four tracks for submission. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing new insights, techniques, and/or advancements in the eight traditional areas of focus outlined under general conference submissions.
Seeking Abstracts for Presentations
All Lake Enthusiasts and Natural Resources/Water Quality Professionals:
The Indiana Lakes Management Society is seeking abstracts for presentations at the 29th Annual Indiana Lakes Management Annual Conference. The conference will be held March 2 and 3, 2017 at Four Winds Lakeside Inn and Marina, Bloomington Indiana. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, December 2, 2016. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified no later than December 16.
They are looking for presentations covering any of the following topics:
- Water Quality
- Drawdown Logistics and Effects
- Grants and Fundraising
- Nuisance Flora and Fauna
- Increasing Community Involvement
If you are involved in water quality assessment, lake community development, best management practice implementation, community water body monitoring, simply enjoy working with your lake association and/or community then consider sharing your experience and expertise at the 29th annual Indiana Lakes Management Conference.
They invite presentations that deal with all aspects of the management, protection, and restoration of lakes, reservoirs and watersheds. All formats (oral or poster) are welcome with oral presentations being accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, if possible. Please submit abstracts electronically via email to Elizabeth Tompkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details regarding submission, click here.
Ron Culberson - author of Do it Well. Make it Fun.
Article: "Making Processes Work...Without Them Feeling Like Work"
In this insightful article, Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP and Power of Us May conference speaker, shares how having clear processes on projects saves time, increases enjoyment and leads to appreciation for a job well done. Read his full article