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Conservation INsight
July 18, 2018
Registration Now Open for Five Region Meetings: Supervisor & Staff Training
IASWCD, ISDA and IDEA have planned five region meeting locations and dates for Supervisors and Staff this year. Join us for an optional tour (at 3 of the locations) and an evening of beneficial training, discussion and networking!
A light-hearted competition between regions will take place based on attendance. Bring a canned good/non-perishable to the meeting and receive extra points for your region!
Specific meeting agendas and updates can be found on the IASWCD Conservation Calendar .

August 30
Tour: 3:00-4:30 pm (CDT )
Meeting: 5:00-7:30 pm (CDT)
Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks, IN
September 10
Tour: 4:00-5:30 pm (EDT)
Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm (EDT)
Cottage Event Center,
Roanoke, IN
September 13
Meeting: 5:00-8:00 pm (EDT)
Indiana Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, IN
August 20
Tour: 3:45-5:30 pm (EDT)
Meeting: 5:45-8:00 pm (EDT)
Antioch Christian Church
Washington, IN
August 22
Meeting: 5:00-8:00 pm (EDT)
Jennings Education and Training Center,
North Vernon, IN
District Showcase Award - apply by July 31
Your team works hard and IASWCD wants to hear about it. Nominate your District for this District Showcase Award so we can help you tell your story and share your successes. This award 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. Also, each winning District receives a customized video for promoting their District. Guidelines here Nominations due July 31, 2018.
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IASWCD Resolution Submission
Districts - if you would like to submit a resolution for consideration, please fill out this  Google Form . Resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by Friday, September 7, 2018.

2018 Pathway to Water Quality
Volunteer registration:  Click here to register
Conservation Award Nominations
Nominations due by September 7
For more information, go to the
'Friend of Conservation'
'Supervisor of the Year'
'Conservation Farmer of the Year'
NACD July   U&C Webinar
The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar entitled Collaborating for Water Quality  is on July 19 @ 12:00 p.m -1:00 p.m. EST. These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at  deb-bogar@nacdnet.org  with your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.
USPS Soil Health Forever Stamp
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is leading an effort asking the USPS to issue a Soil Health Forever stamp in the near future to promote the growing soil health movement across the country.  Read more ...
Clean Water Indiana
The State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) is accepting competitive proposals for targeted projects up to three years in length for the CWI Grant Program. Application deadline is September 14, 2018.  Read more ...

Leadership Institute Plus + Workshop
Leading Multi-generational Teams
August 28, 2018
Photos Available for Public Use
Did you know? Indiana NRCS has photos available for public use on their  Indiana NRCS Flickr account . If using a picture from this account, please credit Indiana NRCS (or other source if available). There is also a National NRCS Photo Gallery available with credit guidance included at the site.
Purdue Extension News
Organic Agriculture Professional Development Training
Organic agriculture trainings, being held on September 5 and 13, are being offered to equip Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) staff with basic knowledge on organic production, markets, regulatory requirements, and resources and programs, in order for our respective agencies and organizations to better support the increasing number of organic operations in Indiana. September 5 training held at the Brawner Farm in Madison, IN. More information and register here . The September 13 training is held at BioSteward Farms in northeast Indiana. More information and register here .
Other News
This is  the first  ag audience address by Indiana Senatorial Candidates, Joe Donnelly and Mike Braun. The event will also feature a keynote presentation from former USTR Chief Ag Negotiator, Darci Vetter. 

Monday, July 23, 2018
Indiana Landmarks Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Register today by clicking  here  or contact Lauren Taylor ,   ltaylor@indianasoybean.com , 317-644-2863.
Call for articles for 17th edition of "National Water Monitoring News"
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is soliciting articles for the 17th edition of the Council newsletter ( National Water Monitoring News ). This edition will highlight recent activities of the national Council as well as those of state, regional, and tribal councils, watershed partnerships, and volunteer monitoring groups and much more! Potential contributors will need to submit draft text and supporting items by August 31, 2018. Articles or announcements should highlight recent successes, projects, publications, tools, or findings of interest to this community or announce upcoming events that might be of interest. Please visit the website for further  guidelines for contributors
Indianapolis Zoo: Educator Resources
The Indianapolis Zoo provides a variety of science-based lesson plans that will deepen students’ understanding of wildlife and the importance of conservation. All programs are designed to engage students through meaningful, hands-on learning. The Zoo also offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators and guidance counselors. The Zoo will provide a letter of documentation to participants for their professional development. Read more ...
Save The Date
August 25: Pollinator Garden professional development
September 13: Educator Open House – Sharing One World: Long-tailed Macaques (A Gift of John and Cynde Barnes)
Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM)
50 high school teams to participate in NCF Envirothon at Idaho State University
by NCF Envirothon
(Idaho State Journal) — High school teams from throughout the United States, Canada and the Republic of China will soon be competing on the campus of Idaho State University at the 30th NCF Envirothon competitions.
Fifty teams will be spending six days, July 22 through 27, studying Idaho’s natural resources and vying for more than $30,000 in prize money provided by Smithfield Foods.
Teams from as far away as Prince Edward Island and the Republic of China will be spending the week studying the soils, aquatics, wildlife and forestry of the region. The event is organized by the Idaho Envirothon Committee and the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Read more ...
Pesticide Clean Sweep Project
Sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC), this clean sweep project taking place across the state is a great way for people and entities to dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides for free or very low cost. Those wanting to participate are required to complete and submit a   planning form   by mail, e-mail or fax by Tuesday, July 31, 2018 to Garret Creason . Details here .

Tri-State Technical Training Field Day: One Farm at at Time, One Field at a Time
September 6, 2018
Roemke Farms, 12125 State Road 101, Harlan, IN
On September 6, join this on-farm technical training workshop for Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan Partners. This event welcomes CCAs, Conservation District, NRCS, State Agencies, and other Conservation partners to network while learning about new field technology and other conservation practices. Register here  to better understand what other people, programs, organizations, and companies are doing to reduce phosphorus reaching Lake Erie.
Indiana Water Summit
August 12 - 4 pm to 7 pm
August 13 - 8:30 am to 5 pm
Speaker: Charles Fishman,  The Big Thirst
Thank you to these 79 Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts for their payment of membership dues to IASWCD:
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.
Septic Tank model at Pathway to Water Quality
Upcoming Conservation Events  :
July 19 - Agronomy Field Day, Steuben County
July 19 - Monarch Habitat Tech Training, Hamilton Co.
July 19 - Inhabit: A permaculture perspective (film screening), Danville
July 24 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis
July 25 - Soil Health Systems Field Day, Wabash Co.
July 25-26 - 2018 Farm Tour, Clay Co.
July 31 - District Showcase Nominations due
August 2 - Pollinator Training, Jennings Co.
August 3-8 - NACD Summer Meeting
August 3-19 - Indiana State Fair
August 7 - Native Plant Stewardship Class, Brown Co.
August 12-13 - Indiana Water Summit, Indianapolis
August 15 - River Friendly Farmer Awards Ceremony
August 20 - SW SWCD Region Meeting
August 21 - Native Plant Stewardship Class, Brown Co.
August 22 - Drainage School
August 22 - SW SWCD Region Meeting
August 28 - Leadership Institute
August 28-30 - Soil Health & Sustainability, Beck Ag Ctr
August 30 - NW SWCD Region Meeting
September 6 - Tri-State Technical Training Field Day
September 7 - IASWCD Awards Deadline
September 10 - NE SWCD Region Meeting
September 13 - Organic Agriculture Training, Huntington
September 13 - CENTRAL SWCD Region Meeting
September 28 - SSCB Meeting, NRCS, Indianapolis
October 2-4 - IDEA Fall Conference, Bloomington, IN
October 30 - SSCB Meeting, TBD
November 30 - Leadership Institute
December 7 - Leadership Institute
For a complete list of upcoming conservation events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .