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November 11, 2020
Registration Now Live for 2021 Virtual Conference of Indiana SWCDs

January 11-13, 2021
Keynote Speaker: Damian Mason
Three half-days of networking, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, IASWCD Annual Business Meeting
and Trade Show Exhibitors!

  • Monday, Jan. 11 - 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 - 7:30 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 - 9 am to 1 pm

$50 per person now through December 11
$75 per person after December 11
Discount to Indiana member-districts: Five staff and/or supervisors from one district can attend for $200. (i.e. buy four get an additional one for free!)

View Full Agenda and Breakout Session topics on the registration site.
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Now Hiring!
Urban Soil Health Program Director
The Urban Soil Health Program Director will be the technical leader that oversees the new IASWCD Urban Soil Health Program that will promote a systematic conservation approach to agriculture in urban settings and with farmers otherwise new to agriculture. The Urban Soil Health Program Director will work with staff to develop and maintain a strong working relationship with Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and local soil health working groups to develop urban soil health programing statewide. Deadline to apply: November 20 or until position is filled.
Submitted Resolutions Posted on IASWCD Conference Webpage
Two resolutions have been submitted to IASWCD and are now posted on the Virtual Conference Webpage for review.
IASWCD Business Meeting Delegates - Register Now!
Each Soil and Water Conservation District in good standing (fully paid annual dues) with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Inc. will have the opportunity to have one SWCD Supervisor delegate participate in the virtual Annual Meeting, January 2021. The vote of the district will be cast by the delegate or the alternate. The delegate will be required to attend the following:

IASWCD Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
via the IASWCD virtual meeting link

Deadline to submit your delegate and alternate name(s) is January 2, 2021.
IASWCD October Lunch 'n Learns Recorded and Posted on Website
In October, IASWCD hosted four Lunch 'n Learn sessions for Indiana District Staff and Supervisors and partners. These four Tuesday lunch sessions on several topics, such as "Stormwater Protection in Indiana" and "IDEM Wetland Permitting Tool," were recorded and are now posted on the IASWCD website "For Districts" page.
NACD Announces Transition to Virtual Annual Meeting Format
Last week, the NACD Executive Board announced that it had made the difficult decision to move NACD's 75th Annual Meeting to a completely virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held online from February 1-10, 2021 through NACD's virtual hub and will celebrate the theme "NACD's 75th Anniversary: A Diamond out of the Dust."
Indiana Agriculture Insider
ISDA newsletter
PAC Lunch and Learn Video
The October 20 Lunch and Learn session with Luke Britt, Indiana Public Access Counselor, discussing annual meetings and navigation during the public health emergency, is now on YouTube.
State Board of Accounts Training for Indiana Districts
December 1
10 am - 12 noon (EST)
This is a virtual training. See flyer for link to join and more details. Submit any questions for SBOA prior to 11/20/20 (details in flyer).
USDA Funds Conservation Innovation with $14.6 Million Investment in New Tools, Technology Development
WASHINGTON, October 29, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is awarding more than $14.6 million in grants to support the development of innovative systems, tools, and technologies for production and conservation on agricultural lands. Funds are provided through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which awards grants to organizations, universities, and others that are developing innovations to support farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. This USDA investment has generated more than $15.3 million in partner matching funds, resulting in almost $30 million for conservation innovation. Authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill, the CIG program has awarded nearly $300 million to-date.
NRCS Shares Soil Science through International Engagement
As the world leader in soil classification and soil survey, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), was invited to give a keynote presentation at the XXVII Congress of Soil Science of Argentina held virtually the week of October 12, 2020. Soil Survey Regional Director Luis Hernandez with the NRCS Soil and Plant Science Division represented USDA-NRCS and provided a comprehensive overview of the USA National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Program. The NCSS is a nationwide partnership of federal, regional, state, and local agencies along with private entities and institutions. 
Hoosier Headlines
Indiana NRCS Newsletter
Proven Plants for Conserving our Natural Resources
USDA NRCS Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) have a long and successful history of selecting and releasing conservation plants to support soil stabilization, improve pollinator and wildlife habitat, provide livestock forage, and increase the diversity in plantings. All PMC plant releases support NRCS natural resource conservation activities on private lands as well as the National Seed Strategy     , a Federal interagency effort to select appropriate plants for restoration and conservation on both public and private lands. This year, the Plant Materials Program announces the release of six new conservation plants to the public. They join the 572 active and commercially available conservation plant releases developed by the Plant Materials Program over the past 80 years.
Purdue Extension News
More Than a Handshake Building Successful & Equitable Land Lease Agreements
November 12, 10 am - 12 pm EST
or, November 17, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm EST
  • Enhance your ability to negotiate an equitable lease.
  • Understand various ways to determine rental rates.
  • Develop an understanding of different types of leases.
  • Discover the common pitfalls made when developing a legal lease agreement.
  • This program will be offered virtually via Zoom.
Pick whichever date & time works best for you and register. Cost is $25 per household/farm
Tired of Being Tired? 6 Ways to Stop Chronic Tiredness
Learn how to combat your tiredness on November 11 from 12-1PM on Zoom. Abbi Sampson with Purdue Extension-Putnam County will be offering “Are you tired of being tired? 6 ways to Combat Chronic Tiredness.” You can bring your lunch, and learn steps to gain energy at home and work. Registration required.
Wild Bulletin
IDNR - Fish & Wildlife Newsletter
F&W Sandhill Cranes webpage update
Other News
Women4theLand Hosting Virtual Women's Learning Circle on Forestry
"Forestry - Your Questions Answered"
November 19
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
This learning circle is an opportuntiy for women to talk about their concerns and ask questions. Motto being, "Everyone has something to share and everyone has something to learn."
Feel free to eat lunch while we chat and please be prepared to participate with your audio and video via Zoom. 
If you need some assistance with Zoom, please let Heather Bacher, W4L Director, know on the registration form. Or contact Heather at hbacher@women4theland.org.
The Drop
NCRW Network Newsletter
Communication Workshop: Engage in Better Information Exchange
Hosted by North Dakota State University Extension, this virtual workshop will take place on December 7 - 9 am to 4 pm (CST)
Farmer Rancher Grant Program
North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Deadline: December 3, 2020
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.
Upcoming Conservation Events:
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events, go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website.*
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, events are changing daily. Please check the individual hosting organization's website and/or Facebook page for the latest information on cancellations and reschedule dates. Thank you.