|A Report from the Executive Director
Farmer "Grows Community" Through Supporting Putnam Co. SWCD
Dan Lucas was chosen as the Putnam County winner of Monsanto's Farmers Grow Community award for 2012. He and his family decided to allocate the $2,500 award to the Putnam County SWCD. The donation will help provide added services that have taken recent cuts in funding.
"My family chose the Putnam County SWCD for its dedication to the conservation of Putnam County's greatest resources, its rich soil and clean waters flowing from the Northeastern part of the county to the Southwestern part of the county," says Lucas. "Through the promotion of cover crops, to the testing of the counties well water sources, the Putnam SWCD provides a truly valuable resource of information to the AG producers as well as residents of the county," he added.
PWQ Volunteer Positions Still Available
New pervious pavement at PWQ
Don't miss the opportunity this year to promote conservation at the Pathway to Water Quality Exhibit at the Indiana State Fair, August 3-19, 2012. There are still approximately 120 volunteer spots open. Thank you to everyone from the Indiana Conservation Partnership who has signed up so far! Volunteer sign-up and position descriptions are available here. Watch a video tour of Pathway on YouTube or on IDEM's website. Remember, those who work a weekend shift receive two Indiana State Fair admission tickets!
IASWCD Board Visits Historic Northeast Indiana
NACD's Beth Mason and IASWCD's Jennifer Boyle-Warner. Photo by NACD.
The IASWCD board and conservation partners traveled to Geneva, IN on June 15 where they discussed the current status of the Farm Bill, issues affecting conservation districts, the Field Office of the Future, and reports from the various conservation partners. Afterward, they toured Limberlost Territory Nature Preserve which included the homestead of author, Gene Stratton-Porter and the Loblolly Marsh Wetland Preserve. We were pleased to be joined by Beth Mason, NACD North Central Field Representative.
Congratulations to Sarah Simpson
Sarah is the ISDA Interim Director of the Division of Soil Conversation. She moved into the position from the Director of Agricultural Policy. She replaces Jerod Chew, now the DC for NRCS in Marion/Hendricks counties. Best wishes, Sarah, and we look forward to working with you!
Thank You, Districts!
Thanks to the 74 Districts who have paid their 2012 dues. View this list of SWCDs on our website.