Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
October 11, 2017
Conservation Update

September 28, 2017 - October 11, 2017

2018 Annual Conference of Indiana  S WCDs - Be a Part of the Story... Discover the Next Chapter
Preliminary brochure with conference agenda
Now posted on the  IASWCD Annual Conference webpage .

NEW this year:  Conference hashtag is  #INSWCDConf 
Now being accepted through November 3.  

District Delegates: Each Soil and Water Conservation District in good standing with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Inc. will have the opportunity to send one SWCD Supervisor delegate to the Annual Conference business meeting. Please see further details on the delegate registration pageDelegate forms due by December 30, 2017 .

(Please note: If the delegate only plans to attend the Business Meeting and not the rest of Annual Conference, it is not necessary to register for the Annual Conference.)

The delegate will be required to attend the IASWCD Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 9
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Region Meetings

S-SW Region Meeting
November 13 
6-8 pm EST

N-NW Region Meeting
December 5
6: 30-8:30 pm

S-NW Region Meeting
December 7
Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon
6-8 pm 
Register here

Conservation Pays - Four Case Studies on the Economics of Soil Health - webinar now posted on NACD site
Datu research group, under contract with NACD, conducted a three-year project which found that using cover crops and/or no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre.  Read the results and access the webinar on NACDs website.

January 27-31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee

NACD is pleased to announce that the  2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville  will feature Chad Pregracke - the founder and president of Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit river cleanup organization - as the  Leadership Luncheon  keynote speaker.

You only have until December 30 to reserve your limited edition Annual Meeting shirt. Place your order soon!
New Interactive Story Map Shows Conservation Data
Explore Indiana State Department of Agriculture's new online story map. This online  interactive conservation map organizes information by Indiana's 10 main river and lake basins. From there, the information is condensed and available by watershed. Each basin includes sections on water quality and soil health that encompass everything from total acres of cover crops planted to sediments prevented from entering Indiana's waterways. 

Growing Indiana Agriculture through Strategic Planning
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has unveiled the Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan, which is focused on seven priorities, initiatives and actions to move the industry forward over the next decade. Read more ...

Read ISDA's Lastest Indiana Agriculture Insider publication
Don't Miss the latest NRCS SOIL HEALTH UPDATE: 

Indiana NRCS Invests in Local Watershed to Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure
Indianapolis, IN, October 6, 2017 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $150 million in 48 new, multi-year projects that aim to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources in 20 states, including Indiana, through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. NRCS works with local groups to help prevent floods, protect watersheds, improve agricultural water management and enhance wildlife habitat through this program.
  "Protecting lives and property while improving the natural resources within Indiana's watersheds is critical," Jane Hardisty, Indiana NRCS State Conservationist said. Read more...
Purdue Extension  
Forestry and Natural Resources

Check out the new posts to  Got Nature?

New Publication: Four Strategies to Improve Your Fields Soil Health -  Check it out here.
Other News
New Senior Director of Marketing and Communications 
with ISA, ICMC and ICGA
Melanie Fitzpatrick has been named the new Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and Indiana Corn Growers  Association's Senior Director of Marketing and Communication. She will begin her new position on  November 1.

Hoosier Chapter-Soil and Water Conservation Society 
Annual Hoosier Chapter Meeting 
(Business meeting to follow immediately after - all are welcome)
When: November 16, 2017 - 9 am to 3:30 pm 
Where:  FFA Leadership Conference Center; 6595 S 125 W
Trafalgar, IN 46181
Registration:  Lunch and Breaks included
$60-non-members (includes 1-year membership)
Register by Nov. 9 

Soil and Water Conservation  Society 
2017 National Conference on C over Crops and Soil Health
December 7-8, 2017, Ind ianapolis, IN
This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent develop ments in how cover crops are being used by  in novative farmers across the country 
and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and
scientists.Early Bird rate ends November 7.  For more information and the registration link visit the SWCS Conference webpage.

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 18 - Grant Writing Workshop, United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis

October 19- Women4theLand Women's Learning Circle, Tippecanoe County

October 21 - Woodland Management Workshop, Frankfort

October 23-27 - Stream Simulation Training, Bloomington

November 1 - Cover Crop Field Day, Lake County

November 3- DEADLINE: Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy

November 5 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 9 - Farming for the Future, Brook, IN

November 10 - Veteran's Day Observed

November 12-17 -  National Association of 4-H Extension Agents/Educators Conference in Indianapolis

November 13 - S-SW Region Meeting

November 15 - Gathering of IN Stakeholders in Farm Transfer/Succession, Greenfield

November 16 - Hoosier Chapter-SWCD - Annual Meeting

November 23 - Holiday: Thanksgiving Day

December 5 - N-NW Region Meeting, Crown Point, IN

December 7 - S-NW Region Meeting, Lebanon, IN

December 7-8 - National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, Indianapolis

January 8-9, 2018 - Annual SWCD Conference, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

January 27-31, 2018 - NACD Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

April 29-May 6, 2018 - NACD Stewardship Week
Current Job Openings *

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Executive Director, Association of Illinois SWCD

Executive Director
Indiana Agriculture
 Nutrient Alliance

District Coordinator, 
Franklin County SWCD

Visiting Naturalist,
Cope Environmental Center
Centerville, IN

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Joseph Moore Museum, Earlham College

Watershed Coordinator,
Wabash River Enhancement Corp

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