Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
July 20, 2016
Conservation Update

July 7 - July 20, 2016

District Showcase Award 
Deadline August 4 - TWO WEEKS AWAY!
It's time for Indiana's District Showcase Award! This annual award is designed to highlight the success of  up to four local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the Hoosier state. It allows Districts the opportunity to share new project ideas or better ways to design and implement existing conservation projects. This award is sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) and f our SWCDs will be honored as recipients of the District Showcase Award at the 2017 Conservation Awards luncheon with a video and award presentation. This event is part of the 74th Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Winning Districts will have the opportunity to showcase their photos and materials depicting the winning projects during the trade show at the conference on January 23 and 24. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on August 4, 2016. 

River-Friendly Farmer Award Winners
All winners posted on the IASWCD website -  54 winners representing 44 counties this year! Award ceremony is on Farmer's Day at the Indiana State Fair on August 17 at 1:00 p.m. 

2016 SWCD Resolution Process
All resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by September 9 .  
Resolution documents can be found here. Within these documents is  an update on resolutions from 2012-2016.  Those noted with an asterisk will be sunset unless they are brought forth again during this process.

If you need any assistance or feedback on a draft resolution, please let Jennifer know.

Also, please remember that in order to have a delegate at the annual business meeting, which will be  January 24, 2017, the SWCD must be a member in good standing (dues must be paid by  September 30, 2016).

Trade Show Booth Space - Early Bird Registration Now Open
for 2017 Annual SWCD Conference
Early Bird registration is now available online for all exhibitors wanting to participate in the Trade Show at the 2017 Annual Conference
of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts on January 23-24, 2017. 
If you know of anyone who might be interested in exhibiting this year, please direct them to or print out the reservation form here. This form includes prices, add-ons available and all details needed to reserve a space. Or, they can go online and fill out the new online Google Reservation Form

Early bird rates end on October 7 - after that date, prices to reserve a booth will increase. 
This year's conference includes the following benefits for all exhibitors:
  • Visibility on our IASWCD Annual Conference web page
  • A two-day format 
  • A $15 discount for all returning companies/organizations 
  • Continental Breakfast on Monday
Ron Culberson, Author & Speaker, Do It Well. Make it Fun.
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, keynote speaker at the Power of Us all employee meeting in May, shares his first of twelve monthly articles. He 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 article Ron states, "If we want to add more life to our days, then we need to find both the best and funnest in who we are."  Read his insightful article in full  here .
Deadline extended: NACD Farm Bill Survey
Every five years, Congress passes a farm bill that sets policy and funding levels for the conservation programs that are vital to the work of conservation districts. The current farm bill is expiring in 2018, but NACD is already working to make sure the next farm bill supports our district members. That's why we're asking every one of the conservation districts we represent to fill out a survey on the farm bill. We ask that each district only complete one survey each, and that they do so with the input of their board members and staff. Survey responses are now due by  Sunday, July 31.  Click here to fill out the survey and contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison at with any questions.

Nominations for NACD's  Distinguished Service Award  and  Friend of Conservation Award  will be accepted now through  August 31, 2016 .
NACD awards are great opportunities for our members to give the top
conserv ation leaders in the nation the recognition they deserve! You ca n nominate an  individual, business, agency, or organization for their outst anding  work and leadershi p in natural resources conservation. The winners of the awa rds will be featured in several NACD publications and asked to attend a special ceremony held in their honor at NACD's 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on  January 31, 2017 Nominations for the 2016 awards may be submitted by an individual, organization, agency, or conservation district. For nomination forms and more information,  click here .  
2016 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project
The  2016 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project sponsored by the Indiana State Chemist's Office  will be going on in various counties across Indiana in August.  This is a great way for people (farmers, public and private schools, ag dealers, nurseries, golf courses, cities, towns, municipalities and county units of government or others) to dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides for free (up to 250 pounds per participant).  Those wanting to participate are required to complete and submit a  planning form  by mail, e-mail or fax by Monday,   August 1, 2016 to Kevin Neal.  This is a great opportunity to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.
For more information, go to the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) website  or view the informational pdf here .  

The drop off time is 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (local time) and the dates and locations are as follows:
August 16, 2016: Dubois County Fairgrounds in Huntingburg, IN
August 17, 2016: Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown, IN
August 18, 2016: Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madison, IN
August 23, 2016: Newton County Fairgrounds in Kentland, IN
August 24, 2016: Allen County Fairgrounds in Ft. Wayne, IN
August 25, 2016: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, IN

Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS)
  Indiana will be the host of the Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS) for the very first time this year. This symposium has excellent speakers lined up to talk about utilizing and managing native forbs, pollinators, and grasses here in Indiana.  The ENGS will be August 29-31, 2016 at the Tropicana at Evansville, Indiana.

Registrations are being accepted two ways - by paying online through Eventbrite or by mail with an Eventbrite ticket. Register here. Or check them out at Eastern Native Grass Symposium   on Facebook.  Hotel registration can be made by calling  1-800-544-0120  and using group code: GEGGSYM.  This block of rooms has been set aside for Monday-Tuesday night on a first come first serve basis if needed.  The symposium rate is $89 per night and reservations need to be made by July 29th. See conference agenda and more details  here
Partner News
Supervisor Summit & Staff Summit
August 23 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration now OPEN!

Supervisors register at:

The 2016 North American Envirothon competition starts on July 24 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  Click here to view the competition agenda, which includes a schedule for teaching and testing days, oral presentations, and social events.

News Release:  Indianapolis, IN, July 11, 2016 - Indiana's USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty announced that NRCS is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 States.  In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds across the nation, including 500 acres in Indiana. See more

Purdue College of Agriculture
Distinguished Ag Alumni (DAA) & Certificate of Distinction (CD)
The College of Agriculture and the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association invite you to submit nominations for their 2017 awards programs. There are two major awards that encompass all of their disciplines: the College's Distinguished Agricultural Alumni (DAA) and the Ag Alumni Association's Certificate of Distinction (CD).  The specific information and criteria for these two awards are summarized here Nomination Deadline: 8:00 am September 12, 2016
On September 30, INCA, co-chairs Jim Sweeney and John Ulmer, along with the steering committee which includes the IASWCD, will be hosting a Conservation Congress at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County. This event is replacing this years Conservation Day at the Statehouse, during the 
"short" non-budget legislative session.
Other News
Living Lands & Waters 
LL&W is a non-profit organization that operates on a one-of-a-kind fleet of barges, on which they host community-based river cleanups and educational workshops, held on their floating classroom. This August, they will be bringing their cleanup operation to Lawrenceburg and other areas along the Ohio River.

Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Waters, was a keynote speaker at the IASWCD Annual Conference in the past.  

For more information on Living Lands & Waters and their river cleanups, visit their website:    Videos regarding LL&W can be viewed at .

Pass this information along to co-workers, scout troops, school groups, etc. that there are "cleanups" happening and volunteers can sign up at:  Shifts consist of either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm with lunch provided for all volunteers between 12pm-1pm.  

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Upcoming Events
Please refer to the IASWCD Events and CCSI Soil Health Events calendars for a full list of upcoming events. 

Here are just a few highlighted below:

July 26 - Jennings County Pollinator Field Day

July 27 - Women4theLand program, West Lafayette

July 27 - Agronomy Field Day - DeKalb County  

August 3-4 - North American Manure Expo

August 10 & 11 - CCSI Advanced Conservation Cropping Systems

August 5-21 - Indiana State Fair

August 17 - River Friendly Farmer Awards Event

August 17 - Miami Co. SWCD Cover Crop Workshop

August 17 - Newton County SWCD Pond Management Workshop

August 19 - "Communication" Cornerstone: Leadership Institute Workshop

August 23 - Marshall SWCD field day

August 23 - Supervisor & Staff Summit

August 25 - Wabash SWCD field day

August 30-Sept. 1 - "In Depth" Soil Health Training

September 7 - Forage Management Workshop

September 30 - INCA 1st Conservation Congress

October 5-7 - IDEA Fall Conference
Current Job Openings *

Program Manager with CCSI - deadline to apply July 29 

Communications Manager with CCSI - deadline to apply July 29

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

Conservation Farmer of the Year - deadline September 9

Friend of Conservation

- deadline September 9


Supervisor of the Year 

- deadline September 9

Special Thank You to the 75 Districts who have Paid Annual Dues as of 07/20/16:
St. Joseph