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Conservation INsight
March 4, 2020
All Employee Meeting

featuring Inspirational and Comedic Keynote Speaker, Damian Mason

May 14
Registration begins at 9 am
Hendricks County Fairgrounds
Danville, IN
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Call for Presentations for the 2021 Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs
Due April 3
Shout Out!
Congratulations to Marion County SWCD on receiving a 2020 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. During their annual conference, NACD announced $1 million in urban agriculture conservation funding for 21 conservation districts across 13 states.
2020 NACD Stewardship Week Resources Now Available
This year, NACD is celebrating its 65th Annual Stewardship Week from April 26-May 3, 2020, focusing on the theme,  “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?” Resources now available at the link below.
2020 IDEA Membership Dues now being accepted through March 31
IDEA's mission is to enhance and recognize local conservation programs and efforts through a network which provides leadership, support, and education for its members. Your IDEA Region Directors are here for you and they are eager to help you carry out the vision.
Save the Date!
State Board of Accounts Training for Indiana Districts
December 1
Indiana Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis
ISDA monthly eNewsletter

Leadership Institute
March 27, 2020
Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds
Indiana NRCS Announces General EQIP and Special Initiative Application Deadline
Indianapolis, IN, February 21, 2020 –Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Jerry Raynor, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that March 27, 2020 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we take EQIP applications throughout the year, applications received after March 27 th will be considered in future announced application rounds. I encourage producers with resource concerns on their land to submit an application by the deadline,” Raynor explains.
Mission and Vision, NEW
NRCS has refocused their mission and vision statements to better capture who we are, what we do, and why it’s important.
Conservation at Work Video Series
A new video series from NRCS and  farmers.gov , Conservation at Work, presents short and easy to understand videos about popular conservation practices. These videos feature producers explaining how an individual practice helps their land and why they are using it.
C onservation Innovations
NRCS monthly eNewsletter
Indiana's Outdoor News
Other News
“Garden for Wildlife” Native Plant Sale and Auction
Saturday, May 9
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
New Location: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Warehouse, 3655 E. Raymond St, Indianapolis IN 46203
INPS Photo Contest
2020 CISMA Conference: Invasive Species and Watersheds
March 26, 2020
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
Deadline to register: March 16 (or before if conference limit is met)
Farmer-Led Conservation & Watershed Protection Mini-Grant Program
This mini-grant program will support nongovernmental organizations, state or county government agencies, university Extension professionals, and others who support farmers to expand farmer-led conservation demonstration efforts to all 12 SERA-46/Hypoxia Task Force states, which include Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Qualified organizations must partner with an existing farmer-led organization. Awards will be up to $4000. Awardees will be equipped with educational materials and evaluations to ensure that delivery and evaluation meet grant requirements. Four local farmer-led demonstration activities will be funded annually. All mini-grant recipients will be provided with a pre-developed survey, implementation of which is a requirement of all grant recipients, and all completed surveys will need to be included in a brief final report of activities. Each project period is one year. Online applications will be accepted from February 15, 2020-June 1, 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  :
March 26 - CISMA Conference
March 27 - Leadership Institute
May 9 - Forestry Field Day, Steuben Co.
May 14 - All Employee Meeting
June 22-28 - National Pollinator Week

For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .