Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
October 26, 2016
Conservation Update

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  1-877-369-5243 or  1-617-668-3633 using 0770880# 
If you need technical assistance, call the AT&T Help Desk at  1-888-796-6118 or  1-847-562-7015.

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 - 6pm-8:30pm EST
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 IASW CD website .

2017 Annual SWCD Conference - Registratio n now LIVE! 
Registration page and information can be found on the IASWCD website .  

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.
NACD News  
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 webinar series, 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  Debra Bogar  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  Sheraton -  Dow ntown Denver  from January 28 to February 1, 2017. View more d etails and register here .

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.  Click here  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 

March 2: SW                      March 16: NW
March 9: SE                       March 23: NE
Partner News
Purdue University
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.
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the  Hendricks County Fairgrounds Conference Center, 1900 Main Street, Danville, IN 46122. For more information, contact:  Walt Sell
Assistant Program Leader, Soil Health Purdue Extension (765) 494-8490
Register Online Now  for the forum.

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
For the online application and information about the Academy, visit
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
November 16-17
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Conference details including the agenda, click here
Ot her News
Indiana Envirothon
The 2017 Indiana Envirothon booklet and registration sheet are now available on the IASWCD website.  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 more details and pictures of the bison, view this video

Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)
Annual Meeting
November 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hulman River House at the Indianapolis Zoo
Registration deadline October 27. 
Register here or v iew the flyer here 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
  •          Fish
  •          Drawdown Logistics and Effects
  •          Grants and Fundraising
  •          Nuisance Flora and Fauna
  •          Partnerships
  •          Increasing Community Involvement
  •          Legislation
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  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.  Read more  . . . 

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.
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: 

October 27 - IASWCD & NRCS Webinar: Contribution Agreements

October 29 - Forestry and Wildlife Habitat Field Day, Tippecanoe County SWCD

November 2 - Two-Stage Ditch Workshop, Posey County SWCD

November 3 - Bee Workshop, Newton County SWCD

November 3 - Farming for the Future, Jasper County SWCD

November 9 - Women's Learning Circle, Jasper & Newton Counties

November 10 - Hoosier Chapter SWCS Annual Meeting

November 10 - Manure Management Workshop

November 14 - Cover Crop Field Day, Posey County

November 16-17 - Partners in Community Forestry Conference

November 17 - Forestry Field Day, Elkhart County SWCD

November 17 - Fall Region Meeting (IASWCD) for N-Southwest/S-Southwest

November 18 - Soil, Water & Cropping Systems Forum, Purdue

November 29 -  Fall Region Meeting (IASWCD) for N-Northwest/S-Northwest

December 6 - Fall Region Meeting (IASWCD) for N-Southeast/S-Southeast

December 7 - Fall Region Meeting (IASWCD) for N-Northeast/S-Northeast

December 13-14 - Indiana Certified Crop Advisers Conference

January 10-13 - National No-Till Conference

January 18-19, April 5-6, May 24 - Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, Purdue University

January 23-24 - SWCD Annual Conference, Indianapolis

January 28-February 2 - NACD Annual Meeting

January 31 - Annual Southern Regional Soil Health Workshop

March 2-4 - Small Farm Conference
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at

Urban Conservationist,
Marion County

*(Note: please submit job openings to: 
and include instructions for applying, deadline and job description in a single PDF file. Thank you.)
District Showcase Award Visits

Please join us as ICP leaders and other s visit and tour the four
District Showcase  Award winners in November:

~November 2 at 9:00 a.m. Huntington County group (including Wabash, Wells, Blackford and Grant) 
Location: Huntington County SWCD, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, IN 46750

~November 7 at 9:00 a.m. Jennings County
Location: USDA Service Center, 2600 N. State Hwy 7, North Vernon, IN 47265

~November 14 at 9:00 a.m. Washington County
Location: Washington County Senior Citizen Center, 1705 N. Shelby St., Salem, IN 47167 

~November 17 at 9:00 a.m. Hamilton County
Location: The John Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46280