August 1 - 16, 2012
Executive Director's Report
River Friendly Farmers Recognized

Fifty-five River Friendly Farmers representing forty Indiana counties were honored yesterday for the work they do to promote soil health and water quality on their farms. They join an elite group of 600 winners since the award was first given in 2000.

 

Recipients were honored by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock. Also on hand for yesterday's ceremony was USDA NRCS State Conservationist Jane Hardisty and President Abraham Lincoln (played by Wilbur Tague of Brownsburg, IN) who helped celebrate the USDA's 150th anniversary. View the farmers' bios here.

 

The award is sponsored by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc

RFF 2012
Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others

 

Purdue Extension Educator Roy Ballard asks, "Do you receive questions like 'Where can I get some funding for my farm or to fund educational programming or research on some aspect of Sustainable Agriculture?' While we all know that there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is some funding available to farmers and others who apply that might enable them to do a number of things on their farm and/or community, such as growing a new crop, conducting research an educational program, learning more about a particular issue, becoming more energy efficient, adding value to a raw farm product, or developing a local food system."


On Tuesday, August 21, September 4 and September 11 (10-Noon Eastern) there will be live interactive webinars collectively entitled Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others which will provide some basic introduction into some of the current grants, loans and cost share opportunities that are available, applicant eligibility and how to apply for funding.

 

Each session will cover different sources and types of funding. Session descriptions and schedules can be found here; you can register here.

 

This is a joint effort of USDA Rural Development, NRCS, FSA, ISDA, Purdue Extension and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC-SARE). If you want to be involved, please email Roy.

Conservation Resources
 
The Indiana Association of SWCDs maintains a webpage that lists a wide variety of grants and training opportunities that pertain to conservation organizations and SWCDs. It is updated every few weeks. Visit it here - and bookmark the link!

 

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 17: Rain Garden Workshop
Aug. 21: "How-To's" of No-Till & Cover Crops
Aug. 21: No-Till Farming Field Day
Sept. 5: Promoting WRP in HRI Areas Workshop (flyer)
Sept. 7:  2-Stage Ditch Workshop

Upcoming Deadlines

 

 Sept. 10: Submit resolutions for Conference

 

Award Nominations:

Sept. 28: Conservation Farmer of the Year

Sept. 28: Friend of Conservation

Sept. 28: Supervisor of the Year

 

Please email us to receive an application for any of these awards at info@iaswcd.org

In Brief
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