Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|May 25, 2016
River-Friendly Farmer Awards
Due June 17
Applications and signature pages are due by June 17
. Applications must be submitted online through this
Google Application Form
. (Please note: you can download the full list of questions in
to copy/paste from and into the online google form if you prefer.) The
must be mailed or emailed as well. Further details can be found at the
Other Upcoming Awards:
- District Showcase - deadline August 4
- Conservation Farmer of the Year - deadline September 9
- Friend of Conservation - deadline September 9
- Supervisor of the Year - deadline September 9
Pathway to Water Quality
NEW THIS YEAR: A "Day at Pathway"
ay at Pathway" is being offered to accommodate a group from the same area,
egion, or multi-county area wanting to register together to volunteer for a day a
athway to Water Quality at the Indiana State Fair. The group would be responsible for filling the volunteer positions for that day (9-11 positions in total). The a
dvantage of this early registration is that this holds that day for you, your area co-workers and conservation partners who prefer to be at the Indiana State Fair together. We are offering this ahead of the official opening of registration to ensure
that you can reserve the date that your area prefers.
DEADLINE IS TODAY, MAY 25!
To reserve your day at pathway, simply email Sara Peel at email@example.com by May 25th. Once your day is reserved, one person from each team is responsible for gathering contact information for all volunteer positions for your desired date and sending that to Sara no later than July 1st . This year, the PWQ Steering Committee consolidated the volunteer positions into four positions: a greeter, education area volunteer and two PWQ Ambassadors. There are three shifts each day of the Indiana State Fair.
se find more details here.
Individual volunteer sign-up for staffing
Water Quality will open at
on Wednesday, June 1st. The state fair will run from
August 5th to August 21st
ICP Training and Certification
Pasture Plant ID & Grazing Management Workshop
Deadline June 21
Location: Bedford IN, Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center
June 28, 2016
The ICP Training and Certification Training Program Team is planning this workshop.
Hoosier Chapter: Soil and Water Conservation Society
sional Development Workshop
ay, June 3
Deadline to register: Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. EST
NACD Grant Proposal
NACD has partnered with NRCS to award
$50,000 grants for up to 20 districts. Grant funds are designed
for urban agriculture conservation technical assistance activities in districts with developed or predominantly developing land use along with a special emphasis on underserved communities and food deserts.
The Urban and Community webinar from May 19 which reviewed this initiative and answered questions was recorded and posted at:
More Information provided in the Request for Proposal (RFP).
Deadline: NACD is now accepting project proposals as directed in the RFP through June 30, 2016.
Please contact Debra Bogar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Two Watersheds in Indiana
Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana's USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that NRCS is accepting applications until
to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in targeted watersheds throughout Indiana.
Additional dollars are available for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). These initiatives help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. Funding for each of these initiatives comes from the Farm Bill's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). View more details here.
Butterfly Habitat Development Project
This EQIP initiative will allow NRCS to work with partners and clients to increase monarch habitat on private agriculture lands. This effort is focused on planting milkweed and other nectar-rich forbs and reducing pesticide use in proximity to monarch habitat through the EQIP program. All counties in Indiana are eligible for this project. Applications must be received by June 17, 2016 to be considered for current funding. Click here for more information.
KANKAKEE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
They will be traveling to Ontario to represent Indiana this summer.
Indiana Prairie Farmer
Members of Indiana's soil health teams are working with Tom Bechman and
Indiana Prairie Farmer
on a monthly section in the magazine and on the
Indiana Prairie Farmer
web site committed to soil health technical tips for farmers. This section will include quick tips and photos to assist farmers i improving their soil health. Topics include precision messages about erosion, terminating cover crops, fall/spring tillage, pests, side-dress, prevented planting and more. The first edition was launched in the
Indiana District Employees Association (IDEA)
NACD Poster Contest
is underway! This year's theme is "We All Need Trees."
Posters are to be received at the IASWCD Office at 225 S East Street, Ste. 740, Indianapolis, IN 46202 by
Friday, June 10
or sent with your IDEA region director for judging. Please see full list of rules