Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
April 12, 2017
Conservation Update

March 30, 2017 - April 12, 2017

LAST CALL . . . Interested in helping IASWCD plan 
for the 2018 Annual SWCD Conference? 
The time commitment includes this April meeting and then a few hours after the meeting helping us con tact speakers and fine-tuning the topics. If you are interested, please RSVP to: Amy Work at
Conference Planning Meeting: 
Monday, April 24
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Indiana Farm Bureau Building, downtown Indianapolis

River Friendly Farmer applications due June 16
River Friendly Farmer logo
Annually, each county Soil and Water Conservation District may nominate up to two farmers who do an outstanding job of protecting their rivers, lakes and streams through their every day  conservation management practices on the farm. Watershed orga nizations also may nominate farmers for the award by submitting an application to a county SWCD. The winners of this award receive a metal sign to display on their properties letting others know about their efforts in keeping Indiana's waterways clean; as well as a ribbon and certificate. The River-Friendly Farmer Award Ceremony will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on August 16, Farmer's Day. Farmers/Landowners and their families will be invited to attend as well as District staff and supervisors and ICP leaders. The RFF application and questions may be viewed on the IASWCD website .
to  Elkhart County SWCD
Presentation by SWCD staff
In January,  Elkhart County SWCD held their
first ever rain barre l construction party. Twenty-one county residents participated and took home rain barrels that day that were assembled with guidance from the SWCD staff. All parts for these working rain barrels were pr ovided for under $10 each.  The " Build-A-Barrel  Workshop," aptly named, was such a success that there was a waiting list and they hope to repeat this event again this year. 
Assembly of rain barrels by Elkhart County residents

Fun had by all!

Working with Small Farms Workshop
Tuesday, April 25
10 am - 3 pm
Fulton County Public Library, Rochester, IN  
NACD News  
Help Amplify the Voice of Conservation
istration's push to "encourage private sector conservation planning," it's more importa nt than ever that conservation leaders contact their members of Congress.

NACD has created a  new Grassroots Advocacy webpage stocked with information and t
emplates to help you contact Congress and advocate for issues important to conservation districts.

Right now, it is critical Congress hears directly from you why Conservation Technical Assist ance (CTA) funding is crucial to this country's conservation delivery system. If CTA were to be eliminated or severely reduced, it would drastically hinder the ability of conservation districts and our partners to deliver conservation assistance in communities nationwide. Whether you serve on your local district board, are a landowner who has benefited from technical assistance, or are just someone who cares about conserving our natural resources, Congress needs to hear from you. For more talking points,  click here .

Celebrating NACD's 62nd Stewardship Week:  April 30 - May 7
Join N ACD in celebrating the 2017 theme " Healthy Soils are Full of Life!"  If your district has plans to celebrate,  let NACD know , and they will add your event to a  map o f Stewardship Week celebrations across the country.   If you haven't made plans for  Stewardship Week yet,   visit this page for ideas . Th ere you'll find links for a sample public service announcement, a template news release, a proclamation, and all of  2017's downloadable education materials .
Indiana Agriculture INSIDER
Check out ISDA's latest monthly newsletter, Indiana Agriculture INSIDER, featuring highlights from National Agriculture Day at the Indiana Statehouse and a great article regarding INField Advantage. 

Indiana State Soil Conservation Board

N ext Meeting: Monday, May 22
P rophetstown

Library of Images & PowerPoint Presentations Available
USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program  has accumulated over 1,500 images of cover crops and soil health   . District's are free to download and disseminate these photos as part of their educational outreach efforts. In addition to SARE's  Cover Crop Image Library , the program also offers educators and producers free, ready-made PowerPoint presentations on cover crop topics and soil health illustrations. F or additional resources on cover crops from SARE,  click here .
Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications to Improve Water Quality in Mississippi River Basin
Indianapolis, IN, March 29, 2017- Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana's USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that NRCS is accepting applications until May 18 to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in targeted high priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin.This program helps fund conservation practices that will reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to waters that eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico. 
MRBI watersheds include:  
Read more ...

USDA offers renewal options  for expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts
NRCS is accepting applications for agricultural producers wanting to renew existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. The renewal is for an additional five  years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by  May 5NRCS made several updates to the popular program last fall to help producers improve the health and productivity of working lands. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, buffer strips, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, and soil health building activities - all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. Read more...

2017 NCSS National Conference, Boise, Idaho (June 25-29)
Call for Oral and Poster Presentations
The Science Committee for this year's biennial NCSS Conference invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Presenters have the option to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster presentations only, or both. General and specific topics should relate to Soil Survey and/or Ecological Sites.
  • Oral presentations will consist of 5 to 15 minute lightning round talks, 5 to 15 minutes in length, depending on the number of presentations
  • Poster presentations will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Poster size should be 4x4 feet or smaller.      
  • NOTE: All accepted oral and poster presenters are required to register and pay registration fees.
  • Please send abstracts to
  • Deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, May 5, 2017. Clearly describe the work in 150 to 250 words. Include a descriptive title and list all authors and their affiliations (along with any other required information). During the first week of June, each primary presenter will be notified of the scheduled time for their presentation.
For more information about the conference,   click here.
IDEA News  

Save the Date! IDEA Fall Conference
October 11-13, 2017 in West Lafayette

Purdue Extension  
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), 
Purdue University
New Forestry and Natural Resource publications, apps and videos have been added and are now available on the web through the  Purdue Extension resource center/The Education Store  (888-EXT-INFO). A list of all FNR publications can be found at: Note: E xtension publication numbers ending with "W" are available as a pdf download on the web.

Training: Native Warm Season Grass Establishment and Management 
May 16 - West Lafayette, IN
May 18 - Farmland, IN
Funding Opportunity with EPRI
The Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trade Initiative project seeks forestry (i.e. tree planting) as a best management practices 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 complement the forestry practice to further reduce nutrient runoff.  Read more...
Other News
Grazing for the Future Conference featuring Dr. Pol
August 17-18
Clifty Inn, Madison, IN
Ripley & Jefferson County SWCD's along with Historic Hoosier Hills are excited to announce the Grazing for the Future Conference agenda is complete and registration is open!  Our featured speakers include reality TV Veterinarian, Dr. Pol from the National Geographic channel, Blaine Hitzfield, with Seven Sons Farms and Ben Bartlett, Holistic Management International. 
For the month of April we are opening the Grazing for the Future conference registration for our partnership.  Starting May 1st we will begin publicizing this to the general public. Our hope is that this will allow time for you to obtain supervisor/board approval. After all, our partnership is the key to our success here in Indiana, so why not allow you to register first. The registration link is active on this Eventbrite link. It is also active for the public (just not advertised yet) so if you have a guest wanting to attend with you they can register at the same time. You can also register by filling out the registration on the brochure and mailing a check to Historic Hoosier Hills at PO Box 407, Versailles, IN 47042. Full conference registration is $65 and includes dinner and breakfast. For the meal/evening only with Dr. Pol it is $40 and includes only the dinner. There are limited number of rooms available at Clifty Inn so book early!   See details...
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: 

April 25 - Working with Small Farms, Rochester, IN

April 27 - Tuberculosis Update, Brookville, IN

April 30-May 7 - Stewardship and Education Week

May 16 - Native Warm Season Grass Establishment and Management, West Lafayette, IN

May 18 - Native Warm Season Grass Establishment and Management, Farmland, IN

June 1 - Pathway to Water Quality volunteer sign up begins

July 15-18 - NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour

July 30-August 2 - SWCS Annual Conference

August 4-20 - Indiana State Fair

August 16 - River-Friendly Farmer Award Ceremony, Indianapolis, IN 

October 11-13 - IDEA Conference, West Lafayette

October 23-27 - Stream Simulation Training, Bloomington

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

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

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

January 27-31, 2018 - NACD Annual Conference, Nashville, TN
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Urban Conservationist, 
Marion County SWCD 

Communications Facilitator - Indiana Family of Farmers

Resource Specialist, 
ISDA Division of Soil Conservation, NE Indiana

Program Specialist,
 Sustainable Sourcing Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington D.C.

Nongame Herpetologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (INDNR), Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bloomington, IN

Executive Director, Indiana Wildlife Federation
*(Note: please submit job openings to: 
and include instructions for applying, deadline and job description in a single PDF file. Thank you.)
Upcoming Award Deadlines: