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Visit our Google Calendar for details about upcoming events! You can submit events via this simple form. 


Upcoming events:

July 10: Webcast on USDA's Water Quality Initiative

July 12: Conservation Development Workshop

July 21: Ohio River and Silver Creek volunteer clean-up project

July 22-24: International Soil and Water Conservation Society annual conference

July 25: Agronomy Field Day, DeKalb Co.


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July 9:  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


Please email us to receive an application for any of these awards at [email protected].

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I A S W C D   L e a d e r s h i p


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

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 

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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.

Have a good day,

workshopFund Development Workshop


The IASWCD will host a Conservation Development Resource workshop Thursday, July 12th at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building (map), Hall D; 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Janice Bullman, IASWCD Conservation Development Specialist, will present the morning session, "Seeking Funds to Meet Goals." The afternoon "Meet the Funders" session features five panelists representing government, a private foundation and a community foundation. 


Panelists include: Laura Fribley, ISDA District Support Specialist; David Hillman, Program Director, Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation; Jill Reinhart, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist;  Susan Rozzi, Associate Director, Hendricks County Community Foundation and Joe Schmees, IDEM Watershed Specialist.


More information and the quick registration form can be found here.

plateRe-Branding the Environmental License Plate


beth mason and jbwThe Indiana Heritage Trust has launched a new marketing campaign aimed at building awareness and increasing sales of the Environmental License Plate that supports DNR land conservation efforts. This year is the plate's 20th anniversary. Sales of this plate have helped protect more than 56,000 acres in Indiana, including such notable areas as Eagle Marsh in Fort Wayne and Kankakee Sands in Morocco.


The Environmental Plate costs $40, which includes a $15 processing fee. The remaining $25 goes directly to protection of Indiana's land, waters and wildlife. For more information about the Environmental Plate, visit Enviroplate.IN.gov.

webcastRegister for Webcast on USDA's National Water Quality Initiative

Join EPA for a Watershed Academy Webcast on July 10, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT to learn more about the USDA's National Water Quality Initiative. This webcast will highlight how this initiative is working and how NRCS is working with state water quality agencies and others to implement conservation practices to improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired lakes and streams. You can register for this webcast here.

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