Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
July 19, 2017
Conservation Update

July 6, 2017 - July 19, 2017

  District Showcase Awards - nominations due July 31
We want to hear about your success
 and showcase your District! 
Indiana's District Showcase Award is designed to highlight the success of four local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the Hoosier state. The award focus allows Districts the opportunity to share new project ideas or better ways to design and implement existing conservation projects and more. The award is sponsored by the  Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP)In addition, the winners will be provided the opportunity to showcase their work during a visit by the ICP leaders in the fall and at the annual SWCD conference in January 2018. So . . . tell us your story! Brag about what's happening in your district! We want to hear all about it. Application and more information here.

IASWCD Resolution Submission 
All resolution information, including submission forms or online submission form link can be found on the  IASWCD website Annual Conference page. Submissions due September 8, 2017.
Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative
Seminar: Building Resiliency to Extreme Weather Conditions Across Indiana Farmlands
This seminar will cover topics pertaining to challenges Indiana farmers have with extreme weather and building resiliency to those conditions. Guest speakers include: Dr. Jerry Hatfield, NRCS-ARS,  Dan DeSutter, Indiana Farmer and Eisenhower Fellow, and Blake Vince, Ontario Farmer and Nuffield Scholar. Discussion topics include: Precipitation timing and intensity - Observations on management practices that can lead to improved resiliency - Cropping systems in other countries that lead to more resilient soils. Register by August 1.

August 10 - details TBD
Funding Plans for Districts
Conservation districts are up against more competition for funding than ever before. Traditional funding sources have either disappeared, or now come with higher expectations and more requirements. Unfortunately, complacency on the part of district boards and/or staff has led to the weakening of some conservation districts around the country.  Read more...

Great information resource - the NACD blog. Hamilton County SWCD featured in the 7/6/17 blog post!

2017 Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award
NACD and the Pollinator Partnership are currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. This award recognizes farmers and ranchers who protect and support pollinators through their operations. Nomination forms due August 11.

NACD Marketplace
Through the marketplace, districts and state associations can order personalized plaques, service pins, name badges, educational materials, and wearable items like polo shirts, packs, and jackets.  Click here and stock up!

Now accepting 2017 NACD Service Award Nominations
Winners of the following awards will be honored at the NACD 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 30, 2018 and highlighted in NACD publications. Nominations accepted through August 31, 2017. Read more ...
  • The NACD Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within the association, a conservation district, or a state association that has made significant contributions to the conservation and proper management of our nation's natural resources. Nominees can be involved with districts or the association at any level, including past NACD officers. Nominations are also accepted for individuals posthumously.
  • The NACD Friend of Conservation Award recognizes an individual, business, organization, or agency outside the association for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation's natural resources. Any individual, business, organization or agency that is not directly associated with conservation districts at the local, state, or national level is eligible to receive this award.
Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan
For the past 18 months, various leaders of Indiana's agriculture 
community and representatives from agricultural boards, universities, 
non-government and  government organizations have been meeting and developing the  Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan This plan, which was unveiled  on June 26 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, provides direction for Indiana agricultur e over the next 10 years and will help drive success for farmers, the industry and the state's ec onomy. Read more ...

Supervisor Summit - Two Locations this Year
"Effective Meetings" will be the topic of the presentation at the 2017 Supervisor Summit. Workshop attendees will learn how they can plan more effective meetings and how to be an active meeting participant to assure the meetings they attend are productive. Choose the workshop date that is best for you or location that is closest to you. 

Supervisor Summit: Northern Workshop
August 17 (deadline to register: August 4)
3:30 pm to 7 pm (EDT)
Fulton County Library, Rochester, IN

Supervisor Summit: Southern Workshop
August 22 (deadline to register: August 7)
3:30 pm to 7 pm (EDT)
Spring Mill Inn, Oak Room, MItchell, IN


NRCS - Soil Health Update, July 2017
The Soil Health Update shares soil health marketing communications information and resources from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, other partners and the media. Read the update here.

Use this site to find the latest Indiana NRCS publications, news releases, success stories and more!
Seeking nominations for 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence due by July 28 
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. This award is the state's most prestigious environmental recognition.
To learn more about the Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, including past awardees and the nomination process, please visit  or contact Justin Paicely, IDEM's Program and Compliance Director, at  800-451-6027  or .
Other News
Grant Writing Workshop
Preparing well-written grant proposals is an essential element in the fundraising effort and sustainability of every nonprofit. This workshop outlines the most important elements of getting started in writing grant proposals that will result in additional funding. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2:00 pm  - 5:00 pm EDT at  United Way of Central Indiana, 2955 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis. M arci Price, Director of Grants and Foundations, United Way of Central Indiana will be the presenter. Cost: $35.

Living Lands and Waters
LL&W operates off of a one-of-a-kind fleet of barges, on which they host community-based river cleanup tours and educational workshops. During the 2016 tour, they made 10 stops and collected over 400,000 pounds of garbage out of the Ohio River!  This year 15 stops will be made beginning in July. View stops on map and more information here.

Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition Gathering
All are invited to attend the Farmer Pizza Party - Sunday, July 16, at 
2:0 0 PM EST at  Bread & Roses Gardens and Nursery , 9127 S Roberts Road, Bloomington, IN 47401. This is a summer gathering of young farmers from around the state.  For more information on the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, please visit their Facebo ok page at:
Conservation in Action Tour in Indiana this Year
The Conservation Technology Information Center will be hosting their 10th annual Conservation in Action Tour September 5-6, 2017 in West Lafayette, IN. D ig into new premium market opportunities that extend the benefits of conservation from the farm all the way through the supply chain. Explore how watershed projects engage ag retailers and agribusiness, and how Indiana's agencies and farm organizations work in partnership, building bridges to the future. Register here.

AgrIInstitute: Seeking Applicants for the "Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program" (Class 18)
AgrIInstitute is seeking individuals who will step forward to lead agriculture and rural communities for today and tomorrow. They are seeking individuals who want to advance their skills and expertise in leadership; and, who desire to be more knowledgeable about those areas of public policy that impact agriculture and the process for impacting decision making at local, state and federal levels. Are you ready or do you know someone ready to be a "Difference Maker" for agriculture?Applications must be submitted by January 12, 2018. Read more...

2017 Drainage School
August 23 from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Indiana Farm Bureau Building - downtown Indianapolis
Drainage School promotes an understanding of the laws and regulations impacting drainage decisions in Indiana. Seminar attendees will gain a greater knowledge of drainage law and dispute resolution. Farmers, public officials, agency personnel, attorneys and members of the general public are invited. Registration, Agenda and other information can be found here.  Sign up ends August 4 or before that if the class fills - Space is limited. 
Funding Opportunity
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. Read more...
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: 

July 22 - Deer and Turkey Habitat Mgmt Field Day, Butlerville, IN

July 23-29 - NCF-Envirothon

July 26 - Surface and Mine Reclamation Field Day, Petersburg, IN 

July 30-August 2 - SWCS Annual Conference

August 4-20 - Indiana State Fair

August 8, 9 or 10 - CCSI: one day Seminar on Building Crop Resiliency

August 12 - Veteran Farm Tour, Lafayette, IN

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

August 23 - Drainage School, Indianapolis, IN 

August 25 - Cover Crop Application Field Day, Pittsboro, IN

September 12 -  Women4theLand: Women's Learning Circle, Jennings County

October 11-13 - IDEA Conference, West Lafayette

October 18 - Grant Writing Workshop, Indianapolis

October 19- Women4theLand Women's Learning Circle, returning attendees, Tippecanoe County

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

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

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Ag Resource Specialist, 
Johnson County SWCD

Senior Director of Marketing & Communications,
Indiana Soybean Alliance

Watershed Specialist,
Macon County SWCD, Illinois

*(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 & Resolution Submissions:

IASWCD Resolution Submissions
due September 8 
Special Thanks to the following Districts who have paid Annual Dues as of 07/13/17:






















































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