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Conservation INsight
June 19, 2019
District Supervisor and Staff
Summer Training - August
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ISDA and IASWCD are combining the past "region meetings" that took place in the spring and fall into one summer training for SWCD staff and supervisors. All four summer trainings will be identical and take place on four separate dates in four separate locations throughout the state. Feel free to attend the date and location that best fits your schedule. $20 per person with dinner included.
4:30 pm Registration
5:00-5:45 pm IASWCD Presentation
6:00 pm Dinner & Networking
6:30 pm Partnership Updates (during dinner)
7:00 pm Breakouts (Working with Local Officials/Cress Hizer; Planning Your Website: Do You Know What a Good Website Takes?/Purdue's Digital Ready program; Developing a Cost Share Program and Tracking It/DSS or RS)
8:00 pm Adjourn
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Prevented Planting / Crop Failure Tools
CCSI and partners from USDA-NRCS, IASWCD, Women4theLand, IANA, and ISDA recently discussed information needs for farmers working through crop insurance/prevented planting and late planting decisions. One of the outcomes of that meeting was the compilation of information from partner governmental, university, and private partners. Topics include:
●     Crop Insurance
●     General Cover Crop Options and Considerations
●     General Prevented Planting Decision Tools for Corn and Soybeans
●     Forage Management Considerations
●     Weed Management Considerations
●     Manure Storage and Use Considerations
●     Meeting in Box (tools for local conservation staff to put on prevented planting meetings)
●     Mental Health Resources
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Annual ICP Webinar
July 9
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Pollinator Training
One will take place in Allen County on August 22 and one in Knox County on July 16.

Soil Testing and Interpreting Results Training
This will be offered in Tipton County on September 17, Jennings County September 18, Whitley County September 19, LaPorte County September 24, Knox County September 25 and Hendricks County September 26.
Special thanks to the 20 Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts who have paid their membership dues to IASWCD:
IASWCD Resolution Submission
Districts - if you would like to submit a resolution for consideration, please fill out this online form . Resolutions are  due to the IASWCD office by Friday, September 6, 2019 .
District Showcase Award - Applications now being Accepted!
Your team works hard and we want to hear about it. Nominate your District for the Indiana District Showcase Award so we can help you tell your story and share your successes. This award, sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership, highlights the successes of up to four local Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). The winners will be recognized at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs' Conservation Award Banquet on January 14, 2020.  Nominations due July 26, 2019.
Exhibitor Space Now Available: 2020 Annual Conference of SWCDs
The 2020 Annual Conference will take place January 13-14, 2020 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Exhibitors can now reserve their spots in the trade show at the early bird discounted rate. Booths are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you reserve early for the best price and spot!
NACD Creates August Recess Guide for Grassroots Engagement
Each August, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate head back to their districts and states to meet with constituents. There are nearly 100 new Members of Congress who were elected last November, all of whom have a direct say in federal conservation programs and many of whom may not have ever heard of a conservation district. NACD has created an  August Recess Guide to Grassroots Engagement , designed to assist districts with how to set up a local meeting with their Member of Congress. The guide also provides aspects of a successful meeting to consider during planning, as well as strategies for how to reach out to your elected representative.
NACD Releases Soil Health and Weather Extremes Report
In February 2019, NACD hosted two focus groups at the 73rd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, inviting Soil Health Champions for discussion on how soil health practices like cover crops and no-till have impacted their operations in the face of extreme weather patterns. The focus groups and resulting report  Soil Health and Weather Extremes , available on NACD's Reports webpage, were made possible through partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 
2020 Poster Contest
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Webinar Ideas Needed
The NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group (RPG) has partnered with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company since September 2012 in offering monthly NACD Urban and Community (U&C) Conservation webinars. These popular webinars have covered a variety of urban and community conservation topics, with districts sharing their projects/programs and other entities sharing information/resources. The webinars are held 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern on the third Thursday of each month. View a full list of the past webinars on the  NACD website . The site also provides links to the presentations' PDFs and webinar recordings.
The RPG invites your input for the series beginning in October 2019. Help us design webinars that help you! Due July 1.
NACD Joins Ecosystem Services Market Consortium
On June 4, NACD announced its membership in the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). ESMC was launched in February 2019 to unite organizations across the agricultural supply chain in advancing the development of a market-based approach to promoting land stewardship to build healthy soils, sequester soil carbon, and conserve and improve our nation's water.
2019 IDEA Fall Conference
October 1-3
Clifty Inn, Madison, IN
It's time to register and reserve your room! Please view the agenda with breakout sessions prior to registration as you will need to choose your sessions at registration. Registration deadline: August 30. HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The best way to make reservations is via phone (1-877-563-4371) and using group number 1001ID. Rate is $91/night.
District Support Specialists - New Coverage Map
Leah Harmon will be transitioning to a new role at ISDA as Deb Fairhurst prepares to retire later this year. Leah's new responsibilities will be managing the ISDA SharePoint site, the new grants management system, and other technology systems. She is still supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and the Indiana Conservation Partnership but will not have a specified county coverage moving forward. Those Districts that Leah oversaw will be assigned to other District Support Specialists . See the new map regarding DSS assigned areas.
State Soil Conservation Board Meeting
July 16, 2019 at 9:30 am at the NRCS State Office, 6013 Lakeside Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46278
Grant Writing and CWI Networking Sessions
The District Support Specialists are hosting another grant writing workshop in July 2019! Amy Shankland from Grants Avenue, LLC, will present again this year. Time will also be available to get started on a CWI grant project application. If you missed the training last year, we hope you can join us this year. District Supervisors and ISDA Resource Specialists are encourage to attend as well! Register by July 12. Special thanks to Clean Water Indiana and the State Soil Conservation Board for making this a FREE training. Two dates available: July 18 and July 23. See flyer for details.
Indiana NRCS Announces Availability of Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering grants for innovative conservation strategies and technologies. NRCS plans to invest $12.5 million nationwide in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding projects in four focus areas: increasing the pace and scale of conservation adoption; water quantity; pollinator habitat; and urban agriculture. Grant proposals are due July 30, 2019.  
Indiana NRCS Email Address Changes
Indiana NRCS email addresses were recently changed as part of Secretary Sonny Perdue’s One USDA initiative. Each user’s primary email account has been set to @ usda.gov . Here is an example of the change:
Because multiple users across the agencies may have the same name they will continue to have a middle initial or number that makes their address unique. Emails with the old address will continue to forward for a while longer. Please update the contact information in your directories for those on your mailings lists. 
Conserve Indiana: Native plants can help create a pollinator-friendly landscape
This week goes to the birds and the bees – and to all of the other pollinators that keep our world growing and productive. June 16-22 is National Pollinator Week, and its intent is to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators to plants, animals, and humans.
Other News
Conservation in Action Tour
August 20-21
Online registration  is open for CTIC's 12th annual Conservation In Action Tour in Iowa. It will include a packed program of farm visits, facility tours, informative presentations and an up-close look at real-world conservation practices in central Iowa.
AgrIInstitute features Indiana Hardwood Industry at Thought Leaders Luncheon
June 21
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Cost: $30/person
National Water Quality Monitoring Council News
This newsletter provides a forum of communication among water practitioners across the Nation. In support of the Council’s mission, this newsletter is geared to foster partnerships and collaboration; advance water science; improve monitoring strategies; and enhance data integration, comparability, and reporting.
Celebrate Pollinator Week with the Xerces Society
Check out the Xerces Society events page for a full list of activities and registration information or Sign the Pollinator Protection Pledge or Use the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center  to Create Habitat.
2019 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project  
Sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC), this is a great opportunity to legally dispose of unwanted pesticide products at little or no cost in various counties across Indiana in August.  This is a great way for farmers, public and private schools, ag dealers, nurseries, golf courses, cities, towns, municipalities and 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). 
Two-Stage Channel Design Field Day
On July 2, 2019, from 8:30am to 11:30am, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed Project are co-hosting a field day focused on two-stage channel design. A segment of two-stage channel was constructed for demonstration in 2018 through a partnership of TNC, the local drainage board, and local surveyor. This demonstration site is adjacent to the city of Delphi, IN and can be easily accessed off Interstate 65. The field day will outline the technical components, advantages, and site considerations for two-stage design.
Grassland for Gamebird and Songbird Habitat Tour for Sullivan and Clay Counties
June 25
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
RSVP by June 21
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.
See how the partnership between Indiana NRCS and Hendricks County SWCD
is helping urban landowners get the conservation assistance they need.
Upcoming Conservation Events  :
June 17-23 - Pollinator Week
June 18 - Gardening for Pollinators, Orange Co.
June 20 - Using Native Warm Season Grasses/Grazing
June 20 - Women's Learning Circle, Boone Co.
June 20 - SICIM Annual Meeting
June 21 - Women's Learning Circle, Hamilton Co.
June 25 - Grassland for Gamebirds and Songbirds Tour
June 26 - Women's Learning Circle, Gibson Co.
July 9 - ICP Webinar
July 16 - ICP Pollinator Training
July 16 - Agronomy Field Day, DeKalb Co.
July 16 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
July 18 - Grant Writing and CWI Networking Session
July 23 - Grant Writing and CWI Networking Session
July 25 - Woodlands Mgmt Workshop, Boone Co.
August 14 - River Friendly Farmer Awards event
August 20-21 - Conservation in Action Tour
August 20 - Supervisor and Staff Summer Training
August 22 - ICP Pollinator Training
August 22 - Supervisor and Staff Summer Training
August 27 - Supervisor and Staff Summer Training
August 27 - Cover Crop Workshop, Miami Co.
August 29 - Supervisor and Staff Summer Training
September 10 - Frank Gibbs, Wabash and Grant Co.
September 17 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
October 1-3 - IDEA Fall Conference, Clifty Inn
October 10 - Women's Learning Circle, Lawrence Co.
October 29 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
January 12-14 - Annual Indiana SWCD Conference, Indpls.
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .