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Conservation INsight
August 28, 2019
 Nominations are now being accepted for the Indiana Conservation Awards. All winning recipients will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the 2020 Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs on Tuesday, January 14.

Nominations for these awards are due
by September 6.

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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 .
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Soil Testing and Interpreting Results Training for ICP Employees
Presented by Dr. Jason Ackerson, Purdue Extension Agronomy Specialist; Joe Rorick, Conservation Agronomist, Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative; Tony Bailey, State Conservation Agronomist, USDA-NRCS; and Ben Wicker, Executive Director, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA); and Purdue Extension staff. Danny Greene, Crop Consultant with Greene Crop Consulting will be presenting at each session except September 17.  Dates: September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.
Learn about:  Soil Sampling  Soil Analysis  Soil Nutrient Interpretations and Recommendations  Environmental Considerations  Economics
Special thanks to the 80 Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts who have paid their membership dues to IASWCD
Why Other States Follow Indiana’s Lead on Conservation
Leaders from other states seek to understand why Indiana’s conservation partnership is so strong.
(Tom Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Aug 12, 2019)
Have you ever heard the saying “You don’t know what you have until you lose it?” One thing Indiana has is a super-strong partnership for soil and water conservation which extends through local, state and federal levels. Fortunately, Indiana doesn’t have to give up this kind of partnership for you to know just how strong and important it is.
NACD Announces Annual Meeting Theme, Debuts Logo
NACD is pleased to announce the theme for the 74th Annual Meeting, " Conservation Innovation: Working from the Roots Up. " The 2020 Annual Meeting will focus on innovation and how it helps deliver conservation on the ground. In cooperation with the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP), the NACD meeting will feature public and private sector innovations in a wide range of fields that focus on meeting private lands conservation needs
NCF-NGLI Now Accepting Applications
National Conservation Foundation (NCF) announced the opening of the application period for the inaugural cohort of the  Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI).

NGLI, a program of the NCF, will train seven applicants over the course of 2020, with one participant selected from each of NACD's regions.

During the year-long NGLI program, currently-appointed conservation district officials will be equipped for leadership at the local, state and national level through several in-person trainings focused on personal, civic and organizational leadership development.
The in-depth program features:

  • Exclusive content: Specific for conservation district leaders across the US
  • Exceptional investment: A low tuition fee for a high value experience
  • Diverse settings: Five different sessions to create broader development
  • Engaging instruction: Teaching that strengthens and inspires
  • Limited offering: A select number of seats for accepted applicants

Applications are due 
Friday, September 20, 2019 .
NACD Breakout Session Submissions
NACD is still  soliciting applications for breakout sessions  that fit within three themes:

  1. District Operations and Partnerships
  2. Natural Resources Policy and Protection; and
  3. Stewardship and Outreach

Applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. If your company or organization would like time at the meeting to present to NACD members about your innovative products or services that support the work of America’s conservation districts, please contact NACD Director of Development Laura Demmel at  laura-demmel@nacdnet.org .
NCPP Now Accepting Nominations for Hugh Hammond Bennett Award
It is with great pleasure that the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) announces the opening of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence. The Award will honor the legacy of Hugh Hammond Bennett by recognizing those who are dedicated to conservation planning and implementation. Your assistance is requested to help recognize an outstanding producer and conservation planner for this award. Those interested in making a nomination should notify their respective NCPP State partner leader. We encourage you to look at your current and past state conservation farmer/rancher award winners as a starting point for the application process.  Nominations due by October 1.
Last Call for Conference!

2019 IDEA Fall Conference
October 1-3
Clifty Inn, Madison, IN
Registration deadline: August 30
Agriculture Photo Contest Winners Honored at State Fair
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 15, 2019) — Today, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the 2019 Indiana Agriculture photo contest at the Indiana State Fair. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and ISDA Director Bruce Kettler recognized the ten photographers, who will have their photos featured in the Lt. Governor's business offices throughout the year.
SAVE THE DATE: Leadership Institute
December 6
Madison, IN
More details to follow...
Webinar: Conservation Innovation Grants Program - Water Management
September 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm US/Eastern
In this webinar, learn from four different grantees about the cutting edge approaches to water management generated through CIG projects. This webinar is presented by  USDA NRCS Science and Technology.  
NRCS Announces Additional Funding to Plant Cover Crops on Flooded Cropland Acreage
Indianapolis, IN, August 22, 2019 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received additional funding for a special Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) sign-up throughout Indiana for those farmers who could not plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields. This funding is available statewide. Excessive moisture and flooding in 2019 have prevented or delayed planting on many farms in Indiana. Many producers were unable to plant crops by a final planting date or have experienced significant delays in planting. This sign-up provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plant cover crops, an alternative to letting fields go fallow and uncovered. The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019.
NRCS Announces $1.9 Million Investment in Collaborative Research
WASHINGTON, August 15, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced $1.9 million in funding for 15 Soil Science Collaborative Research projects focused on soil science and soil survey research. The information gained from the collaborative research will advance NRCS’ ability to provide scientifically based soil and ecosystem information to help address important natural resources issues facing our nation.
Purdue Extension News
Friday, November 22, 2019-Save the Date
Soil, Water, and Cropping Systems Forum:
How Purdue is Moving Ag Forward in Sustainable Ways
This program is designed to inform our partners of the work being done at Purdue in Soil Health, Ag Water Management, Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management. Please join us for a day of interactive programming involving Extension educators, campus specialists, and Extension partners from throughout the state. Lunch will be provided.
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Hendricks County Fairgrounds
and Conference Center
1900 Main Street
Danville, IN 46122
Registration information will be available soon.
For more information contact:
Walt Sell, Assistant Program Leader, Soil Health Purdue Extension, (765) 494-8490.
Other News
Grassland for Gamebirds and Songbirds Initiative
The GGS Program provides technical and financial assistance to improve or develop grassland and pollinator-friendly habitat in selected regions of Indiana.
Grassland for Gamebirds and Songbirds Field Day
Thursday, September 5
Calli Nature Preserve, North Vernon, IN
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ICAN's Brown Bag Lunch
September 19 at 11:30AM @ the Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park
Biodiversity Grant Deadline is October 1
INPS has two classes of grants available: Letha’s Youth Outdoors Fund, and INPS Biodiversity Grants (formerly known as Small Grants). For both programs they have created online forms to fill out and Word templates. The deadline for the 2019 Biodiversity Grants is October 1. Letha’s Fund applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Building Biodiversity: The Art and the Science
Annual Conference
of the Indiana Native Plant Society
November 9, 2019
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Job Postings  :
Current list of Conservation Job Opportunities now posted on the  IASWCD website.
  • Conservation Technician and Outreach Assistant, Hamilton County SWCD
  • District Coordinator-Treasurer, Wayne County SWCD
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  :
September 5 - Organic Grain Field Day
September 5 - Grassland for Gamebirds, Jennings Co.
September 5 - Women's Learning Circle, Huntington Co.
September 10 - Frank Gibbs, Wabash and Grant Co.
September 14 - Native Plant Sale
September 17 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 - ICP Soil Testing Training (six dates, six locations)
October 1-3 - IDEA Fall Conference, Clifty Inn
October 10 - Women's Learning Circle, Lawrence Co.
October 12 - Forestry Field Day, Orange Co.
October 29 - State Soil Conservation Board meeting
October 29 - Learn the Dirt on Soil, Monroe Co.
November 5 - Learn the Dirt on Soil, Monroe Co.
November 12 - Learn the Dirt on Soil, Monroe Co.
January 12-14 - Annual Indiana SWCD Conference, Indpls.

For a complete list of upcoming conservation events and/or more information about the listed events,  go to the Events Calendar on the IASWCD website .