Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|August 17, 2016
August 4 - August 17, 2016
Do you know someone who would benefit
from having a Trade Show Booth space
to exhibit at the Annual SWCD Conference in January?
Early Bird registration is now available online for
exhibitors wanting to participate
on January 23-24, 2017.
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.
Three Upcoming Conservation Awards
applications due by September 9
Recognizes individuals or entities who have made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation in Indiana.
Categories for the Friend of Conservation Award are: Corporate, Individual, and Nonprofit/Government.
One winner from each category will be recognized. The winners will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
Honors Hoosier farmers who actively incorporate and practice conservation on the land. One Indiana farmer will be honored as the top conservation-minded producer in the Hoosier state. The winner will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
Honors Soil and Water Conservation District leaders "supervisors" for their outstanding and exemplary achievements and leadership in the protection and enhancement of Indiana's soil and water resources. An overall state winner will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet.
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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,
Toronto team takes top honors at 2016 Envirothon
Last week, more than 250 high school students from 53 teams across three different countries gathered in Peterborough, Ontario, for the 2016 North American Envirothon, an event put on by the National Conservation Foundation. Competitors from the United States and Canada - and a guest team from China - traveled to Trent University to show off their teamwork, presentation, and critical thinking skills, along with their expertise in five environmental science and natural resources management topics: forestry, aquatics, soils/land use, wildlife, and invasive species.
Smithfield Foods, the world's leading pork producer and supplier, awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes to students on the top three winning teams: University of Toronto Schools, Ontario (1st place); Penncrest High School, Pennsylvania (2nd); and Palisades Charter High School, California (3rd). To learn more about this year's Envirothon competition and to see a list of the top ten scoring teams, check out this
NACD press release
Indiana Envirothon - District Information Needed
Please email Luanne Holeva (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any updates to district mailing addresses that have changed over the last year. She needs current:
- District mailing address
- Local high school addresses (or person(s) to contact)
- Local Extension office mailing address
- Other contacts that might be interested in participating (high school age only) - i.e. home school groups, scouting groups, special interest groups, etc.
Range and Pasture Information
The August newsletter of "Grazing Bites" has been published and posted at the NRCS website. Check here for the latest on Grazing including articles, worksheets, tools, news and notes and publications
Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS)
At the request of State Agronomist, Vic Shelton, the Eastern Native Grass Symposium planning committee would like to encourage each of the districts to consider "sponsoring" one - three producers from your county to attend the highly anticipated Symposium on August 29-31. It is the first time in Symposium history that this event is being held in Indiana and the committee would like to see a high attendance from Indiana landowners and producers at this event in Evansville.
Well known keynote speakers, hot topics and vendors are already lined up as part of the Symposium (
see highlight of speakers here
) so please consider reaching out to your county and feel free to share the
Supervisor Summit & Staff Summit
DEADLINE TO REGISTER NOW EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
August 23 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, IN
The Nature Conservancy
INDIANA, NATURALLY: CHILDREN'S DIVISION
A Nature Photography Contest
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy/Indiana invite children ages 5-12 from across Indiana to submit photographs highlighting the natural beauty of Indiana, to be selected for display at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in January 2017. For more information go to The Nature Conservancy website. Deadline for submission: September 16.
Indiana and the Gulf of Mexico: the Dolphin Connection
The Indianapolis Zoo recently unveiled a new video for their popular dolphin presentation. In the video, viewers see the connection between farms in Indiana, the dolphins, and the dead zone in the Gulf-an area where marine life can't live because there's not enough oxygen in the water. So how do we get from Indiana all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico? Learn more about the connection at
The Nature Conservancy website.
Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA)
INCA's Conservation Congress
Cost: $25 per person
When: Friday, September 30th
Where: Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
Why: Indiana's Future Depends on It
The Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA) was formed in 2003 to attract increased and permanent funding for land, water, and wildlife conservation in Indiana.
INCA co-chair John Ulmer of Zionsville said, "We have over two dozen organizations in Indiana that support this initiative and will be participating in the Congress; we hope it will attract more individuals and organizations that share the same goals." The Alliance meets before every session of the Indiana General Assembly to set its legislative priorities for conservation.
Tentative speakers include noted Indiana conservationist Bill McCoy of Patoka Wildlife Refuge and Steve Byers and Nancy Williamson of the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois on how to build an effective coalition. DNR Director Cameron Clark has been invited to speak and the Congress will include break out and plenary sessions and feature recent conservation initiatives around the state.
Seating is limited.
o register for the Congress now.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Partners in Community Forestry Conference
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Conference details including the agenda, click here
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 is summarized here.
Nomination Deadline: 8:00 am September 12, 2016
Ron Culberson, Author & Speaker,
Do It Well. Make it Fun.
"It's All in Your Head...Sort Of"
Part 1 - Doing Stress Well
In Part 1 of this two part article on stress management, Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, keynote speaker at the Power of Us all employee meeting in May, shares how understanding the stress process can help us manage and cope better. Read full article here.
Kankakee River now a National Water Trail
The National Park Service and the Department of Interior conferred the status of the Kankakee River as a National Water Trail in June.
The Kankakee now appears on a federal website with just 19 other National Water Trails (nps.gov/watertrails). The next closest ones are the Huron River passing through Detroit, the Rock River in northwest Illinois, the Mississippi River through St. Louis and the Miami River watershed through Dayton, Ohio. Read full article in the
South Bend Tribune
Living Lands & Waters
Shout Out to all those who helped with the LL&W Crew cleanup! From the Crew, "We
want to extend our biggest THANK YOUS for coming out to our cleanups, and spreading the word! We thank all volunteers, individuals who forwarded our message along, and Tanners Creek Boat Landing for allowing us to stay! You brought out a great group of 57 volunteers to 6 cleanups! In those 6 community cleanups, we were able to remove 9,790.25 pounds
of garbage! Adding community cleanups to our excavator cleanups, we removed a grand total of
24,639.75 pounds of garbage,
during LL&W's 1 week stay in Lawrenceburg!"
Farmers Needed! Seeking Indiana farmers to be part of a study of the economic costs and benefits of cover crops. Farm Foundation and Purdue University are collaborating on this three-year study, which is targeting farms in 37 counties of Indiana.
"Farmers tell us that one of the biggest reasons why they don't adopt conservation practices is the lack of credible information about the economics of these practices," states Purdue University Economist Wally Tyner, who is leading the three-year project. "We are seeking farmers to help us gather the data needed so we can compare economics of systems with and without cover crops," he adds.
To participate, a farming operation must be in one of the following 37 Central or Northeast Indiana counties: Adams, Allen (western), Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Decatur, DeKalb, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Noble, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Wabash, Wayne, Wells, and Whitley.
For more details and contact information,