Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
June 7, 2017
Conservation Update

May 25, 2017 - June 7, 2017

LAST CALL! River Friendly Farmer applications 
due Friday, June 16
River Friendly Farmer logo

The RFF application and questions may be viewed on the IASWCD website . Please get these applications and signature pages to Amy at by the 16th.


District Showcase Awards - nominations due July 31
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. 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.

I ASWCD Resolution Submission 
Districts - if you would like to submit a resolution for consideration, please fill out this Google Form. Resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by Friday, September 8, 2017.  These resolutions will be considered at the IASWCD Business Meeting on January 9, 2018 (during annual conference).

The HA MILTON COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT was  recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Legacy Fund - a Central Indiana Com munity Foundation affiliate . This grant will help them maintain staff to continue their  urban agriculture program through the end of the year. This initiative supports Hamilton County urban, home, and community gardeners with technical assistance and conservation as well as building community and partnerships. Their urban agriculture program has also developed several exciting programs and partnerships to help combat food insecurity in Hamilton County and promote access to fresh, locally grown  vegetables and fruits. See this article published by the Indy Star! Congratulations! 

Clear Choices, Clean Water Program, IASWCD Survey
District Staff - please fill out this quick survey regarding the CCCW program to help IASWCD determine District interest in the program. Thank you!

Pathway to Water Quality Volunteer Sign-Up 
Sign ups underway! Click here

Individual Development Inventory (IDI) Survey
This survey is to assess the current training needs for partnership technical emplo ICP logo yees. The current version of the survey is online and includes new training topic opportunities. Results help guide future annual plan of work. The survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and must be completed by June 16 . Please review the  survey tutorial and then complete the survey at this link:  . Any questions, please contact Laura Fribley or Amy Work.   
NACD U&C Webinars - Call for Presentations!
The NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group (RPG) is pleased to have partnered with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in offering monthly NACD Urban and Community webinars since September 2012. These popular webinars have covered a variety of urban and community conservation topics with districts sharing their projects and programs and other entities sharing information and resources. They are held 12noon-1pm Eastern time on the third Thursday of each month. You can view a full list of the past webinars on the NACD website. The site also provides links to the presentations PDFs and recordings of past webinars.
The RPG is now seeking your input for the series beginning in October 2017. Send your proposals and topic/speaker ideas to  by  June 30, 2017 . Please take a moment to: 
  1. Offer to give a presentation; send in a brief paragraph describing the program/project that you would like to showcase, and/or
  2. Tell us the urban and community conservation topics/issues and/or speakers you would like to have covered.
The Resource, Spring Edition
This issue of The Resource is jam-packed with current conservation news, NACD and Capitol Hill policy updates, district spotlights, and much more.   Click here to download it now , or  view it  on NACD's website .

NACD Summer Meeting
July 15-18 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa
Photo Contest to Spotlight Indiana Agriculture
INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2017) - The  Indiana State Department of Agriculture  is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual Indiana Agriculture  photo contest , which was created to showcase the hard work and contributions made by Hoosier farmers. This contest is open to the general public, and winning photographs will be featured during a ceremony at the  2017 Indiana State Fair . Read more ...

ISDA Monthly Newsletter: Indiana Agriculture Insider
To view the monthly newsletters, click here

Cropland Weed ID Training for Indiana Conservation Partnership Staff
2017 CTIC-SARE-ASTA Cover Crop Survey
The link to the 2017 Cover Crop Survey is now liv e and sponsored by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Agency (SARE), the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). Please distribute to farmers within your networks, and to others who can also distribute the link to farmers in their networks.
Two Major Mid-Year Surveys
During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National  Agri cultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys,  the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. T he agency will survey over 2000 farmers across Indiana to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2017. NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. Read more ...
Soil Health Update - June 2017
Pur due Extension  
Got Nature? Blog
Check out the new seasonal posts on Purdue Got Nature?  along with  "Ask an Expert"  questions received.

Forest and Wildlife Habitat Field Day Workshop
June 22 - 9 am to 3 pm
Martell Forest
More information and registration here

Beginning Farmer: Veteran Tours
All military veterans and active duty personnel invited!
July 9 - Tuttle Orchard, Greenfield, IN
August 12 - Crowl Cattle, Lafayette, IN
Registration open and available by clicking here
Seeking nominations for 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
INDIANAPOLIS - 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.
The Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Indiana citizen, business, nonprofit organization, school, or government agency. All projects submitted must demonstrate significant, measurable results that positively impact Indiana's environment. Nominated projects must be sustainable, innovative, exemplary, and thoroughly documented. Nominations must be received by IDEM no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017.
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
SICIM Annual Meeting
June 21 from  9 am - 3:45 pm
Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN
This year's theme is "Managing Natural Areas for an Uncertain Future." Featured speakers include Dr. Jeff Dukes from Purdue University and John Shuey from TNC. Lunch included in registration. Register here. Details on flyer. For more information, contact Cheryl Coon at

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is promoting June as Indiana's Coastal Awareness month.  The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and partners are working together to develop a wide variety of events to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the Lake Michigan Coastal Region. Activities planned include a conference on the environment, a three dune challenge hike, National Marina Day, boat tours, nature hikes, scavenger hunts and much more. Pictures below.  Check it out...

 Photos provided by Dorreen Carey, IDNR

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. 

Indiana Pollinators Week June 19-25
Governor Holcomb has officially proclaimed June 19-25 as Indiana Pollinators Week to coincide with National Pollinators Week. Take this opportunity to educate the public and promote pollinator habitats.  IASWCD's Facebook page will be promoting pollinator information from many different partners throughout that week. Feel free to share these posts on your social media pages. Have a Facebook page, but don't know how to share posts? Contact Amy Work at for help. 

SWCS-Hoosier Chapter  Summer Workshop 
June 20 , 2017 (Deadline to register is June 16)
Eagle Marsh Preserve, located SW of Ft. Wayne
The focus of the  meeting is the collaborative partnering efforts needed to tackle potentially devastating resource issues that can impact us on a large scale basis. Other topics include funding coordination, GLRI, wetland easements and invasive species practice design. Speakers will include Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs, LRWP; Dr. Chris Winslow, Director, Ohio Sea Grant Program; Rick Duff, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Field Coordinator, NRCS; Duane Riethman, Area Engineer, NRCS; and Andrew Pursifull, Engineer, NRCS. For more information view the flyer or contact Curtis Knueven at
Registration costs (including lunch and snacks):
$30 members, $60 non-members
$20 spouses/retired conservationists
$5 students 
Managing Conflict Well: Ron Culberson's Article
(Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE is a speaker, humorist, and author of four books including Do it Well. Make it Fun The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between. He spoke at the Supervisor and Staff Summit in May 2016. His mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive and staff are more content. He shows people how to have more FUN while preserving the integrity of the work they do and the lives they lead. For more information, visit
Whenever someone challenges or questions me, something in the pit of my stomach turns and then I feel a burst of adrenaline, probably the fight or flight mechanism that I learned in graduate school, and I feel compelled to battle. That is, unless the challenge occurs at night in a dark alley on the bad side of town where I shouldn't be in the first place. Otherwise, I feel that I must enter into the conflict. The first successful conflict I remember was in Mrs. Sturgill's sixth grade class... Read more...

Lesson Plan: Benefits of Connecting with Nature
This resource was posted in January 2017 and authored by:  Molly Hunt; Katie Zuber, Lindsey Pedigo on the Purdue Extension Education Store. This Nature of Teaching lesson plan teaches students the relationship between outdoor experiences and mental health. Free download available
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: 

June - Indiana's Coastal Awareness Month

June 9 - Leadership Institute Training workshop, Jasper, IN

June 11 - Garden Workshop: Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden - Marion County SWCD

June 13 - Women4theLand Women's Learning Circle, Pike & Gibson Counties

June 13 - Women4theLand Women's Learning Circle, Kosciusko County

June 14 - Women4theLand: Women's Learning Circle, Benton/Warren/White Counties

June 16 - DEADLINE: River-Friendly Farmer applications

June 21 - SICIM Annual Meeting, Spring Mill State Park

June 19-25 - National and Indiana State Pollinator Week

June 20 - Women4theLand: Women's Learning Circle, New Harmony

June 20 - SWCD-Hoosier Chapter, Summer Workshop

June 22 - Forestry & Wildlife Habitat Field Day, J S Wright Forestry Center, West Lafayette

June 24 - Outdoor Field Day, Dearborn County

June 26 - Women4theLand Women's Learning Circle, Carroll/Clinton/Howard/Tipton Counties

July 8 - Veteran Farm Tour, Greenfield, IN

July 15-18 - NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour

July 19 - Agronomy Field Day, Waterloo, IN

July 23-29 - NCF-Envirothon

July 30-August 2 - SWCS Annual Conference

August 4-20 - Indiana State Fair

August 12 - Veteran Farm Tour, Lafayette, IN

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

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

October 11-13 - IDEA Conference, West Lafayette

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
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Ag Resource Specialist, 
Johnson County SWCD

Executive Director, 
Indiana Wildlife Federation

Technical Assistance Provider,
IN School Lead Sampling Program

Knox County SWCD

NCF-Envirothon Program Manager, NACD

Senior Director of Marketing & Communications,
Indiana Soybean Alliance

*(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:
River Friendly Farmer
due June 16
(Google Form)

IASWCD Resolution Submissions
due September 8 
Special Thanks to the following Districts who have paid Annual Dues as of 06/06/17:















































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