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Conservation INsight
June 22, 2022
It's Pollinator Week!

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.

Partnership Meeting
for Staff
July 28 in Hendricks County
9:30am - 2:30pm
(Check-in 8:30am-9:15am)
$12/person (includes lunch)

View the IASWCD Partnership Staff Gathering webpage for more details including speakers, agenda and lunch menu!
Registration Now Open!
Summer District Meetings
in August for all 92 Indiana SWCDs
IASWCD and ISDA are planning four Summer District Meetings. Attend the night that is most convenient for you and your district. Time for dinner and networking will be included.
Meetings are from 5:30-8:30 pm
(with check-in at 5 pm) (ET)
Topics include:
Dan Griffith, Keynote Speaker,
will present on "Strategies for Addressing Difficult Conversations"
USDA will present on Farm Bill 2023
April 27 Lunch ‘n Learn
Field Day Checklist Now Posted
The “Optimizing Field Day Impact and Attendee Experience” Lunch 'n Learn presented by Leslie Fisher, Benton County SWCD, and Seth Harden The Nature Conservancy, now includes a link to the resource: Field Day Checklist. This, along with the recording and presentation slides, is posted on the iaswcd.org website.
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Indiana’s District Showcase Award
Nominations due by July 29
The District Showcase Award is designed to highlight the success of 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, etc. The award is sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership.
Applications for the 2022 Indiana District Showcase Award are now open!
The application is online and must be completed by July 29, 2022. Questions? Contact Amy Work
June 14 ICP Webinar
The ICP webinar was recorded
and you can now view it.
Volunteer at Pathway to Water Quality!
Sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership, this model watershed exhibit on the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a popular spot for state fair visitors. Be a part of educating the community on the how and why of protecting our natural resources and improving the quality of our waterways. (Photo credit: Mary Lou Watson, Miami County SWCD)
IDEM Storm Water Permitting Webinar for SWCDs
Wednesday, June 29
12 pm (EDT)
Register to receive the Zoom link
We understand that with recent permitting changes in storm water at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), there have been many questions from districts. IASWCD is collaborating with IDEM Storm Water staff to hold an IDEM Storm Water Permitting Webinar for SWCDs. This webinar will be recorded. However, if you can make it, IDEM staff will be on hand to answer questions during and after the presentation. We hope you are able to join us for this learning opportunity.
SWCD Resolution Submission
Resolutions to be considered at the 2023 IASWCD Annual Business Meeting in Indianapolis at the Westin on January 10, 2023 must be submitted by emailing the form to Joe Schmees, or through the online form. Deadline: end of business on September 16, 2022. Resolutions will be reviewed by the IASWCD committee and returned in final version to all SWCDs by November 1, for consideration at local board meetings prior to the Annual Business Meeting. A summary of the resolution process can be found at iaswcd.org. If you have any questions, please reach out to Joe or any of the IASWCD board members.
Urban Soil Health Program News
Urban Soil Health Monthly Update
and Resources Available
The June urban update recording and presentations are now available on Box.
Save the Date! Beginning Farmer Tours
Four different locations
and four different topics:
July 19
August 25
September 7
October 11
SAVE THE DATE: Pinney Purdue Vegetable Field Day for Ag Professionals and Ag Communicators
Address: 11402 S County Line Rd, Wanatah, IN 46390
Date: August 9, 2022
Time: 2-4pm (Central)
Topics will include:
  • Soil Health plots - Petrus Langenhoven, Purdue University
  • Drip Irrigation Equipment and Scheduling - Wenjing Guan, Purdue HLA, and Lyndon Kelley, Purdue and Michigan State Extension
  • Vegetable Farm Equipment – Dan Perkins, Perkins Good Earth Farm and Liz Maynard, Purdue HLA
  • High Tunnels and Cover Crops - Marian Rodriguez-Soto, Indiana SWCD
Conservation Clips
Conservation Clips is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides their members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. 
NACD Accepting 2022 Award Nominations
NACD's Annual Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and leadership in soil and water conservation. Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 awards for the NACD Distinguished Service Award and NACD Friend of Conservation Award through August 31, 2022.
NACD Summer Meeting
There's still time to register to join this meeting in San Juan! Hosted in partnership with the Puerto Rico Association of Soil Conservation Districts, this year's meeting will take place from July 16-19 at the Caribe Hilton Hotel. Registration for the 2022 NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour is open through June 242022!
Grant Writing Workshop this Thursday!
For the best learning experience, please join these trainings live at the dates & times listed below.
  • Grant Writing Workshop: June 23, 1:30PM EDT
  • Grants Management Workshop: July 12, 10AM EDT
Lt. Governor Crouch and ISDA seek distinguished agricultural leader nominations
INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2022) — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 AgriVision Award, the highest agricultural honor presented by the state. This award, now in its 16th year, was established by the Lt. Governor and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to recognize Indiana’s agricultural leaders who are ensuring Indiana is, and remains, a global center for food and agricultural innovation and commercialization. (Deadline July 1, 2022)
Submissions open for 15th annual Indiana agriculture photo contest
INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2022) — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting submissions for the 15th annual Indiana Agriculture Photo Contest. The contest is open to all Indiana residents and was created to recognize the hard work and contributions of Hoosier farmers, as well as the beauty of the state’s agricultural landscape.
“Each year I look forward to seeing the exceptional photos shared through this contest that capture the essence of Indiana agriculture,” said Lt. Gov Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “We welcome all Hoosiers to submit their photos.”
Monumental Marketplace Returns for the Fifth Year in Downtown Indianapolis
More than 65 Indiana farmers, artisans & food trucks to return to Monument Circle on June 17
Monumental Marketplace will be back for the fifth year at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Join Indiana Grown and Downtown Indy, Inc. on Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for this unique opportunity to shop for Indiana grown and made products from all around the state! Pro tip: grab a bite to eat from a local food truck and snack on a few samples while you shop.
By Jerry Raynor, State Conservationist, June 19, 2022
Indiana farmers grow food and fiber for the entire world, but they can’t do the work themselves. After the seeds are planted and nutrients are applied, it is time for pollinators in all shapes and sizes to play their role in ensuring the plants grow and produce high yields. Corn self-pollinates, but other crops such as soybeans, vegetables, orchard fruit and melons either can be helped by pollinators or are completely dependent upon them.
June 6, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces significant investments to support urban agriculture, including $43.1 million for grants and cooperative agreements as well as six new urban county committees to help deliver key USDA programs to urban producers. These actions support USDA’s efforts to strengthen the food supply chain and transform the food system to be fairer, more competitive, and more resilient.
June 13, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting proposals for the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership to improve forest health on public and private lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) staff will work closely with all interested partners to maximize collaboration and effectiveness of the proposed projects and submit proposals by Aug. 5.
Conservation Innovations Newsletter
National Cooperative Soil Survey
The latest issue of the NCSS Newsletter
is now available.
USDA Announces Assistance for On-Farm Food Safety Expenses for Specialty Crop Growers
New Program Part of Broader Effort to Transform Food System, Create Jobs 
HOLLIS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, JUNE 17, 2022— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will help to offset costs for specialty crop producers . . .
IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Wild Bulletin
Other News
Climate Intersections Conference
How can water professionals work with local communities effectively to foster resilience and equity in a changing climate? Join us to explore this important question with fellow water professionals from land grant universities, nonprofits, government agencies, tribes, and the private sector across the North Central Region and beyond. Early Bird registration rates through June 17.
Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
ROW is a collective impact initiative that has worked purposefully since 2012 to improve the quality of life and ecology along Indianapolis waterways and surrounding neighborhoods.
Recording Now Available from June 7 Conservation Conversation
The Habitat for Pollinators:  Progress, Maintenance, and Challenges conservation conversation presented by Stephanie Frischie, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, is now available for viewing.
Don't forget to register now for the third presentation in this series, Habitat for Pollinators: Success, Next Steps, Ready for Winter, which will be on September 20. 
2022 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project
The 2022 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) offers statewide collection sites in August in Wabash, Bartholomew, Daviess, Randolph, Porter and Hendricks counties in August.  This is a great way for farmers, public and private schools, ag dealers, nurseries, golf courses, cities, towns, municipalities, county units of government and others to dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) for free (up to 250 pounds per participant).  Those wanting to participate are required to complete and submit a planning form by mail, e-mail or fax by August 5, 2022 to Nathan Davis. 
Job Postings :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the IASWCD website.
Note: Job Postings can be submitted to Amy Work at: amy-work@iaswcd.org . Please include job description and deadline to apply in a single PDF file or with a link.
John and Ann Wynn remove a frame out of a beehive
in North Salem, Indiana. (NRCS photo by Carly Whitmore)
Upcoming Conservation Events:
June 23 - ICP Invasive Plant ID Training (FULL)
June 23 - Grant Writing workshop, ISDA
June 24 - ICP Invasive Plant ID Training
June 29 - IDEM Storm Water Permitting webinar
July 12 - Grant Management workshop, ISDA
July 28 - ISDA/NRCS/SWCD Partnership Meeting
July 29 - District Showcase Award applications due
July 31-August 3 - SWCS International Conference
August 23 - Summer District Meeting
August 25 - Summer District Meeting
August 29 - Summer District Meeting
August 31 - Summer District Meeting
Sept 1 - Soil Health Field Day, Clay Co
Sept 7 - New Cover Crops & Old Eqpmnt, Porter Co
Sept 7-8 - Indiana Water Summit
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events, go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website.*
*As more events begin to take place in person, please check the individual hosting organization's website and/or Facebook page for the latest information on locations, guidelines and details. Thank you.