Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
December 6, 2017
Conservation Update

November 23, 2017 - December 6, 2017

75th Annual Conference of Indiana S WCDs   
Be a Part of the Story... 
Discover the Next Chapter
 featuring the Peterson Farm Brothers
Early bird deadline for conference registration has been extended to Friday, December 8!

If you have hotel rooms reserved that you will not be using 
for annual conference, 
please cancel those reservations so that others may reserve rooms if needed.

NEW! The Monday night Welcome Reception at conference will feature a time to honor and thank Jane Hardisty for her successful years as State Conservationist and bid her goodbye as she journeys into retirement. 

District Delegate Registration   due by December 30, 2017 .

SWCD Funding Needs Survey
The IASWCD Funding TaskForce is collecting information via this Funding Needs Survey to put together a  needs/funding assessment for the 92 local soil and water conservation  districts. This information will help guide the  task force and determine the  amount of appropriate funding to request for a new dedicated funding source  for the Clean Water Indiana program.  Only one completed survey per District is requested. 

Region Meetings
View agenda items and additional details in the  IASWCD Online Conservation Calendar (All times listed are EST unless otherwise noted.)
N-SE  Region Meeting
December 11
Stout's Brick House, Guilford, IN
5:30-8 pm
N-SW Region Meeting
December 14
Vigo County Fairgrounds
6-8 pm
S-SE Region Meeting
December 12
Scott County USDA Service Center
6-8 pm
N-NE Region Meeting
December 12
Noble County Public Library, Albion
5-8 pm
Update from NACD President on USDA's Reorganization
Brent Van Dyke, President of NACD, writes Conservation District Leaders a letter regarding communication with USDA. View here.

Forestry Notes
Forestry Notes is a monthly publication NACD produces in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Each edition includes prime examples of district-led forestry projects and partnerships focused on finding and implementing solutions to modern forestry challenges. View the latest edition...

NACDs 2018 Annual Meeting

January 27-31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee
Conference registration and more information can be found here. Early bird rates end December 15. 
Lt. Gov. Crouch announces Bruce Kettler as Director of Indiana State Department Agriculture
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 1, 2017) - Today Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Bruce Kettler, an experienced member of the agriculture community, will serve as the new director of Indiana State Department of Agriculture effective Jan. 8, 2018.
Kettler most recently operated as the director of public relations for Beck's Hybrids, where he also was a field sales manager, area team leader and sales consultant over the course of the last 11 years. He began his career at Dow AgroSciences where he started out as a sales representative, and spanned his career through the company as a regional credit manager, advertising and communications manager and finished after being with the company for 17 years as a senior sales representative for pest management. Read more...

Indiana Lands Major Agritourism Convention
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced that the nation's foremost agritourism convention is coming to Indiana in 2019. Hosted by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Hamilton County Tourism, the North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association, Inc. (NAFDMA) convention will take place February 1-7, 2019, and consist of educational sessions, workshops, a business exchange, and farm tours around the state. Agritourism operators attend NAFDMA to get critical tools, tips and information to help them better market and grow their businesses. Their membership is comprised of u-pick fruit and vegetable farms, wineries, farmer's markets, destination dairies, tree farms and the like.  Read more...

Indiana Agriculture Insider
Read ISDA's latest  news

What's N Your Fields Workshops
Two of four free regional workshops entitled "What's N Your Fields" have been scheduled for mid-December. These workshops will cover a variety of topics including nitrogen application, cover crops, soil sampling and soil testing. All corn and soybean farmers are invited to attend to gain insights from  technical leads, researchers and farmer-peers for ideas they can implement on their own operation. Advanced registration is required as space is limited. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
When: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CT)
Where: Fair Oaks Farm, 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks, IN 47943
RSVP by December 7
Friday, December 15, 2017
When: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)
Where: Noble County Public Library, 104 Ley St, Avilla, IN 46710
RSVP by December 7
Saving Money, Time and Soil: The Economics of No-Till Farming
(Elizabeth Creech, NRCS, Nov. 30, 2017) For farmers across the country, it comes as no surprise to hear that conservation tillage practices - particularly continuous no-till - can save time and money compared to conventional tillage. The potential benefits of no-till are well-documented, from improving soil health to reducing annual fuel and labor investments. Still, continuous no-till has been adopted across only 21 percent of all cultivated cropland acres in the United States. Why? One concern involves money saved compared to money spent. Can fuel and labor reductions really make up for the money invested in switching to a new farming practice? Read more...

Read the Latest Soil Health Update
Purdue Extension News
Bi-State Group hosting Three Programs During Winter
Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension are offering programming this winter for farmers, gardeners, and more throughout east central Illinois and west central Indiana.  Read more...
Gardening Conference
January 25, 2018
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Grazing Workshop
February 8, 2018
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Other News
General Mills invests in Soil Health with $735K Contribution
Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2017) - General Mills continues to invest in soil health practices on U.S. agricultural farmland with its latest contribution of $735,000 to the National Wheat Foundation who together with the Soil Health Partnership, will advance widespread adoption and implementation. The funds, equally distributed over the next three years, will be used to conduct soil health research on wheat farms and education outreach to more than 125,000 wheat farmers across the Northern and Southern Plains. This latest contribution brings General Mills' recent financial commitments to nearly $3 million for promoting the expanded adoption of soil health practices. Read more...

Ceres Solutions Expands Scholarship Program
In its continuing effort to support youth pursuing careers in agriculture, Ceres Solutions will offer $25,000 through scholarships to high school seniors and college students this spring. Students receiving the scholarships are selected based on their commitment to agricultural youth programs and their desire to pursue higher education. "Our employee group and our Board of Directors strongly believe in investing in education, and in particular, it is a privilege to support students from the local farm families we serve," says Jeff Troike, Ceres Solutions Cooperative CEO. Applications due March 1. Read more...

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
IDEM is starting work on the next revision of the  Indiana State Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan  (for 2019). They are asking for feedback on their program and work via  this survey . The Indiana State NPS Plan guides the usage of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319 funds.

Call for Presentations for SWCS International Conference
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is seeking oral presentations, posters, symposia, and workshop submissions for the 73rd SWCS International Annual Conference. This year's conference theme of Culture, Climate, and Conservation celebrates New Mexico's vibrant culture, rich history, and diverse landscape, while allowing participants to experience the blend of traditional practices with modern conservation techniques. Submission Deadline: January 9, 2018. Poster Submission Deadline: March 9, 2018. Submit proposals here.

Nominate a Master Farmer
This awards program is sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture. Judging is based on farming ability, leadership ability and overall family values. If you have a neighbor you look up to, this is the time to help them  get the recognition they deserve. Nominations are due February 15, and the awards program will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Indiana Farm Management Tour in June. For more information or to download the application, click here
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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 and more details regarding these events below: 

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

December 11- N-SE Region Meeting

December 12 - S-SE Region Meeting

December 14 - N-SW Region Meeting

December 14 - What's N Your Fields, Fair Oaks 

December 15 - What's N Your Fields, Noble County Public Library

January 7 - Indiana State Soil Conservation Board Meeting

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

January 25 - Purdue Extension & UofI Extension Gardening Conference

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

January 30 - Southern Region Soil Health Workshop, Salem, IN

February 8 - Purdue Extension & UofI Extension Grazing Workshop

March 7 - Southern Indiana Grazing Conference, Odon, IN

March 11- Daylight Saving Time Starts

March 20 - NACD Fly-In

March 22-23 - Indiana Lakes Management Conference

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

See Job Descriptions and/or Applications at 

Executive Director
Indiana Agriculture
 Nutrient Alliance

District Coordinator, 
Franklin County SWCD

Watershed Coordinator,
Wabash River Enhancement Corp

Invasive Species Technician,
Vanderburgh SWCD

Executive Director,
Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts

Research Analyst,
Field to Market

Conservation Project Manager,
Porter County SWCD

Resource Specialist, Northeast IN, ISDA

*(Note: please submit job openings to: 
and include instructions for applying, deadline, 
and job description
 in a single PDF file. Thank you.)
Annual Conference Deadlines
December 8
Early Bird  conference registration rates EXTENDED to this date

December 30
 District Delegate registration due (Google form)
District Delegate Registration Forms have been received from the following:
(as of 12/5)
Adams County
Allen County
Bartholomew County 
Benton County
Boone County
Brown County
Clay County 
Clinton County
Crawford County
Daviess County
DeKalb County
Delaware County 
Elkhart County
Floyd County
Fulton County 
Gibson County
Hamilton County 
Hancock County
Harrison County 
Hendricks County 
Howard County
Huntington County 
Jay County
Jefferson County 
Jennings County
Johnson County 
Knox County 
La Porte County 
LaGrange County
Lake County 
Lawrence County 
Marshall County 
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Owen County 
Parke County
Perry County
Pike County 
Porter County
Posey County 
Randolph County 
Ripley County
Scott County 
St Joseph County
Starke County 
Steuben County 
Tipton County
Vermillion County
Wabash County 
Wayne County 
White County
Whitley County