Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|October 26, 2016
October 13 - October 26, 2016
Platinum Sponsor for Annual Conference
Saddle Butte Ag is a family owned and operated seed company, founded by Don and Maryanne Wirth. Saddle Butte is located in Shedd, Oregon and they have been in business for over 30 years starting with grass seeds and progressing into cover crops in 2002. Saddle Butte Ag has consistently been a leader in the cover crop market. They remain committed to new products, new methods and customer success. Jamie Scott, Kosciusko farmer and IASWCD interim president states, "Saddle Butte is a great company. They are one of the few companies that have a complete line up, top to bottom, of both warm season and cool season cover crops and they offer just about every cover crop that I want to use on my farm. I've worked with Saddle Butte/Bio Till for over 20 years." In 2009, the name Bio Till was trademarked to include all of their various cover crops. Saddle Butte Ag/Bio Till is helping to fight erosion, increase organic matter and improve soil health.
We thank Saddle Butte for being our Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 Annual SWCD Conference held in Indianapolis on January 23-24, 2017.
Contribution Agreement Webinar - TOMORROW
October 27 at 2:30 pm (EST)
To connect to webinar:
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer using the Dial-In Option.
You will be connected to the conference with the AT&T Connect Web Participant Application - there is no software download or installation required.
If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at
This webinar will be presenting the opportunities and changes to contribution agreements for FY 2017 for Farm Bill program assistance.
This includes discussion on program support services (PSS) and CRP status reviews/re-enroll contribution agreements. This webinar will be recorded and a link to the webinar will be available after October 27 for later viewing.
Even if you are not in a USDA Service Center, we invite you to listen to the webinar to learn how you can be involved in contribution agreements. There is a significant amount of conservation work to get done and we hope all partners can help play a role in contributing to the success of the Farm Bill programs.
The current plan is to have agreements in place so work can begin on January 1, 2017. Also, the agreements will be for three years. We recommend that discussion begin as a team (SWCD staff, NRCS/ISDA partners, and Board of Supervisors) about the opportunities and challenges of getting all the conservation work done in your county. These contribution agreements provide an opportunity for the District to participate in helping with the workload and getting paid for the services completed, thus helping with building district capacity.
All further details will be provided during this webinar.
Fall Region Meetings
November 17 - 5:30pm-8:30pm EST
Location: Stolls Lakeview Restaurant, Loogootee, IN
November 29 -
Location: Tippecanoe Co Public Library, Wyandotte Branch, 5542 E 50 S, Lafayette, IN 47905
December 6 - 6pm-8:30pm EST
Location: Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
December 7 - 6pm-8:30pm CST
Location: Whitley County Fairgrounds - 4H Community Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City, IN 46725
Delegates for the 2017 IASWCD Business Meeting
Each SWCD in good standing (fully paid annual dues) with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Inc. will have the opportunity to send one SWCD Supervisor delegate to the IASWCD Business Meeting during Annual Conference in January at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. All such delegates and alternates shall be officially elected and/or appointed supervisors or associate supervisors. If the district registers a delegate by January 14, 2017, that delegate will be required to attend the IASWCD Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
This year Delegate Registration Forms may be submitted via mail, email or Google Form. For more details and to access the forms, please visit the
2017 Annual SWCD Conference - Registratio
n now LIVE!
Registration page and information can be found on the
Resolution for 2017 IASWCD Business Meeting
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.
Urban and Community Conservation Webinars
The FY17 webinars are held from 12:00 pm to 1:00pm EDT/EST on the third Thursday of each month beginning in October. This
, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, features the projects and programs led by conservation districts and their collaborators, and often imparts strategies for securing funding and structuring urban conservation initiatives.
There is no cost to participate, but space is limited, so please RSVP to NACD Northern Plains Representative
to reserve your space. To listen to and view webinar presentations from previous Fiscal Years (FY), click here.
Annual Conference Registration Open
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
Tour the Headwaters State
As part of NACD's 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, attendees are being offered the chance to take a scenic tour through the Rocky Mountains to visit some of Colorado's 17 headwater rivers.
The Wednesday tour will start with a bus ride to the Continental Divide at the summit of Berthoud Pass (11,307 feet in elevation) where tour speakers will explain how annual snowfall levels and snowpack on Colorado's peaks affect the state and at least eighteen others.
Attendees will also hear about Colorado's many Trans-Mountain Diversions - pipelines that move the state's water from the western slope to the eastern front range of Colorado - as well as western water law, private property water rights, and river compact requirements. In addition, this tour will include a presentation on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation - a plague that has devastated federally owned forestland in Grand County.
to learn more about the Headwaters State tour and all of the other tours NACD's 2017 Annual Meeting has to offer!
Soil Health Update - October 2016 edition
Now available to view here
Area Meetings - SAVE THE DATE!
NRCS Area meetings:
NE meeting: December 6
NW meeting: December 7
SE meeting: December 14
SW meeting: December 15
This will be a chance to ask further questions or get clarification regarding contribution agreements for FY 2017 for Farm Bill program assistance.
Spring Region Training Dates
Soil, Water and Cropping Systems Forum:
How Purdue is Moving Ag Forward in Sustainable Ways
Interactive program on Friday, November 18 (Eastern time) with Purdue Extension educators, campus specialists, and Extension partners from throughout the state informing partners of the work Purdue is doing in soil health, ag water management, cropping systems, and nutrient management. Lunch will be provided.
Assistant Program Leader, Soil Health Purdue Extension (765) 494-8490
Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy
If you are interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2017 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.
Learn to be a Leader in Watershed Management.
Enroll now to improve your watershed management skills.
Applications now being accepted online for the academy
The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:
- Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills
Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
Interact with topic experts
Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
Enrollment deadline: November 4, 2016
Academy Fee: $700, due on December 16, 2016 (includes lodging and food for overnight and one-day workshops, plus all course materials).
Training includes three face-to-face group sessions and distance learning, online (approximately 3-4 hrs/week). The Academy runs from January to May, 2017. Specific workshop dates are January 18-19, April 5-6, and May 24, 2017.
Participants who complete all requirements earn a Purdue University Professional Certificate in Watershed Management. Purdue Continuing Education Units are also available for an additional $15 fee.
For more information and to fill out the application, please contact Sara Peel,
or see the
Academy Web Page
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Partners in Community Forestry Conference
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Conference details including the agenda,
The 2017 Indiana Envirothon booklet and registration sheet are now available on the
. Anyone interested in learning more or volunteering, please contact your regional coordinator or an Indiana Envirothon officer (listed on page 4 of the booklet).
The Nature Conservancy
Bison Now Roaming the Prairies of Kankakee Sands
Kankakee Sands is the new home for 23 bison - 16 pregnant cows and 7 bulls. About 12-15 calves are expected to grow the herd in April or May. Bison have been brought to Indiana as part of the Prairie Restoration being done at Kankakee Sands in northwest Indiana. They are native to our state and without the disturbances caused by a grazing animal like bison, prairies gradually lose productivity and diversity. 1100 acres of fenced pasture are now their new home and there is a
Bison Overlook Area
that has been constructed for viewing between 7 a.m. and dusk (Central) each day. For
and pictures of the bison, view this
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hulman River House at the Indianapolis Zoo
Registration deadline October 27.
iew the flyer
with all the details.
Indiana Lakes Management Society (ILMS)
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, speaker & author of Do it Well, Make it Fun
In Mr. Culberson's article, "Managing to Be a Great (and Fun) Leader," he expresses how he believes that humor is one of the most powerful leadership tools available. In this article he states, "In addition to finding the right people, you must create a work environment that both embraces excellence and is a fun place to work." He lists several ideas for making the work environment more fun and includes tips on what makes a leader excellent.
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Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP is a former hospice social worker, middle manager, and senior manager who helps mission driven organizations tap into the power of combining excellence with humor. Ron is the author of Do it Well. Make it Fun., Is Your Glass Laugh Full? and My Kneecap Seems Too Loose.