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May 24 - June 6, 2012
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Conservation Events and Announcements include: New Education Materials, Tattoos, Soil Health Field Day, Pathway to Water Quality

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June 8: Hoosier Chapter of SWCS

June 9: Lakes and Agriculture Forum

June 12: Celebrate 2 Years of Healthy Rivers INitiative

June 14: Cass Co. SWCD Spring Cover Crop Meeting

June 15: Developing Sponsorships Workshop

June 29: Soil Health Field Day, Tipton County

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June 27:  River Friendly Farmer Award Nominations

July 3:  District Showcase Award Applications

Sept. 28: Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

Sept. 28: Friend of Conservation Award

Sept. 28: Supervisor of the Year Award


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President: Ray McCormick 

Vice President: Jeff Meinders

Secretary: Paul Cummings 

Treasurer: Jamie Scott 


Region Directors

Board Roster /  Region Map 

North-NW: Larry Strole, Newton Co. 

South-NW: Mike Starkey, Hendricks Co.

North-NE: Tom Crowe, Allen Co. 

South-NE: Bobby Hettmansperger, Wabash Co. 

North-SW: Les Zimmerman, Vermillion Co.

South-SW: Jim Droege, Posey Co. 

North-SE: Mike Schwab, Franklin Co. 

South-SE:  Brad Ponsler, Jennings Co. 



Executive Director: Jennifer Boyle Warner, 317.692.7519


Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman, 317.692.7514


Project Assistant: Liz Rice, 317.692.7325


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler, 317.692.7374

execA Report from the Executive Director


Welcome Geneva Rawlins, District Support Specialist

Welcome to Geneva Rawlins, the new District Support Specialist covering Northwest Indiana. Geneva is an excellent addition to the DSS Team. Geneva will be spending time with our DSS team as well as visiting the SWCDs in this region throughout the coming weeks. Please place Geneva in your future communications associated with board meetings, newsletters, notifications, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact her for assistance. Her email is [email protected]. Also, this addition does shift the coverage of our District Support Specialists throughout the state. View the new coverage map here. 


Welcome Harold Thompson, ICP Training Coordinator

Harold Thompson has been hired to serve as the Indiana Conservation Partnership's (ICP) Training and Certification Program Coordinator. 

Thompson is a native of Orange County and graduated from Purdue in 1971 with a degree in Agriculture. He has spent his entire professional career in soil and water conservation. He spent nearly 40 years working for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service throughout Indiana in several positions. The ICP's Training and Certification Program was developed to create a more standardized training, certification and development program among all partners and their technical employees.


Best Wishes and Thank You, Linda Hixson

Congratulations to Linda Hixson, Kosciusko SWCD Program Technician on her retirement June 1.  Linda served the SWCD for 12 years and her cheerful personality and faithful service will be greatly missed. If you want to send a message to Linda, forward it to Sam St. Clair or Darci Zolman. 


Call for Resolutions

Now is the time to consider and submit resolutions for the 2013 Annual Business Meeting. Please submit resolutions to be heard at the 2013 Annual Conference no later than Friday, September 14, 2012. Links to the submission form are available here, on the left sidebar. Resolutions received after 4p.m. on September 14 will not be accepted. Printed Supervisors' names in the signature box will indicate they have approved submitting the resolution. Please refer to the resolution process for more information. 


Conservation Development Webpage

The IASWCD has re-vamped its monthly Conservation Development e-Letter, which alerts Districts and watershed groups to available grants and other funding sources pertinent to the work they do. We have also created a Conservation Development webpage which will be updated monthly with new grants, new resources and training opportunities, and more. Check it out at iaswcd.org/development-current


Thank You, Districts!

Thanks to the 57 Districts who have paid their 2012 dues. View this list of SWCDs on our website.

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eventsConservation Events and Announcements
Online Volunteer Sign-Up Ready for Pathway
We have another great opportunity this year to promote conservation at the Pathway to Water Quality Exhibit at the Indiana State Fair, August 3-19, 2012. Online volunteer sign-up is now available for our Indiana Conservation Partnership exhibit at iaswcd.org/pwq. The ICP has 235 volunteer slots to fill over the course of 17 days in the home, ag and forestry, soils, grazing and pasture and education areas. New this year: We are asking for two staff per shift for the education area for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the fair and for Farmers Day, Wednesday, August 15. Learn more here.


There also is a new video tour of Pathway on YouTube or on IDEM's website.


Water Quality Education Materials Available

FFA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered to create source water curriculum for agricultural educators to use across the country. These high school level materials, entitled "Protecting Drinking Water From Field to Faucet" are available at ffa.org/drinkingwater


Celebrating National Wetlands Month in Indiana 

"May is National Wetlands Month and we have much to celebrate here in Indiana... Indiana's farmers have a close relationship with their land and they are good stewards of our natural resources.  As the month of May comes to a close, I want to recognize and thank the many Hoosier farm families who have improved our quality of life by restoring wetlands on their property, " wrote State Conservationist Jane Hardisty. Read the full op-ed here.


Soil Health Field Day
Clinton, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, and Tipton County SWCDs are working together to host a Soil Health Field Day at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds on June 29. Experts in the field will be on-hand to discuss a wide range of soil health topics. RSVP by June 25. View the flyer here.


Soil Health Demonstrations at Pathway to Water Quality
The Indiana Conservation Partnership's popular Pathway to Water Quality exhibit at the Indiana State Fair will be the site for a series of workshops on soil health (presented by NRCS' Soil Health Team) and invasive plant species (presented by the Hoosier Heartland RC&D and NRCS Earth Team). View the month of August in our calendar for more information.

NRCS Conservation Tattoos Available Again
Conservation tattoos and NRCS logo tattoos are once again available for purchase through the Georgia NRCS. You will find a selection sheet and order form for the wildly popular 2012 conservation tattoos. The cost did not go up. It is still $195.50 for 10,000 tattoos. There is a modest shipping fee of 6 to 10% based on the size of the order. Quite a deal! Due date for your order is Monday, June 11, 2012.


AMOLS Speciality, Inc., will be collecting the orders. His contact information is on the order form. Preferred method is e-mail; however, fax and snail mail is also accepted.


If Districts want to pool their resources and combine their orders to reach 10,000, that is fine, an order just needs to be 10,000 per form and one billing entity.


Please complete the billing and shipping address information. AMOLS is happy to bill SWCDs.


EPA Webcast: 319 Success Stories

Join EPA for a free Watershed Academy Webcast titled Section 319 Agricultural  Nonpoint Source Success Stories on June 14, 2012, from 1 -3 p.m. EDT. The Section 319 Clean Water Act Nonpoint Source Management Program was established 25 years ago to address nonpoint source pollution, or diffuse sources of pollution such as runoff. This webcast will highlight agricultural nonpoint source success stories from Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


INSPEG's New Facebook Page

The Indiana Stormwater Public Educators' Group (INSPEG) has a Facebook page! According to their page, "INSPEG is a network of public educators in Indiana collectively working in the stormwater field through public education, outreach and participation." Join the conversation by "liking" them.




jobsJob Openings

Field Technician: Davey Resource Group

Chad Appleman, Coordinator for Davey Resource Group in Fort Wayne is seeking additional folks interested in employment dealing with habitat restoration and natural resources consulting. The position is located in Fort Wayne and is seasonal. Please contact him for a full job description.

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