September 13 - 26, 2012
Executive Director's Report

2013 Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts
"The Power of Conservation: Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Rewards" is the theme of the 2013 Conference. It will take place January 7-9 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. The preliminary Conference brochure is now available online and a hard copy with registration information will be mailed soon. 
You're Invited to the 2013 District Showcases!
Last week, the IASWCD and representatives from our partner agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Services and Indiana State Department of Agriculture traveled to LaPorte County in northern Indiana. Their "Community Conservation Walk" was inspiring to see and hear about! View photos here, and read a local article about their award here. Upcoming showcases include:
Conservation News

NRCS Forestry Training 

Registration for this forest management training is now open. It will take place October 16-17 at SEPAC. The training will enable District Conservationists (DC's) to make basic assessments of forest conditions from ecological and timber production standpoints, and to use the assessments to make recommendations to landowners regarding management needs to achieve the goals of the landowner consistent with the role of a given forest within its watershed and broader landscape. Learn more and register here. 


More Funding for Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

NRCS has received additional funding to help producers apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity. Specifically, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) funds were made available from NRCS's existing national funds to target states experiencing extreme drought (including Indiana). These additional dollars in Indiana mean that farmers can restore wildlife habitat that has been lost in the extreme heat and dryness this summer, while improving soil health and providing needed forage and watering facilities for livestock. More drought information can be found here.
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Upcoming Events

Sept. 27: Two-Stage Ditch & Bioreactor Field Day (info)
Oct. 11: Clark Co. District Showcase
Oct. 16-17: NRCS Forestry Training
Nov. 2-3: Annual Woodland Owners' Conference

Upcoming Deadlines



October 15:

Conservation Innovation Grant applications due


January 15: 

Lake and River Enhancement grant applications due


View more grant opportunities here


Award Nominations:

Sept. 28: Conservation Farmer of the Year

Sept. 28: Friend of Conservation

Sept. 28: Supervisor of the Year

Read Award Descriptions


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

In Brief
Indiana Conservation Partnership Q&A

The ICP answers participants questions from their recent webinar here. The webinar is available on the Partnership's website for those who missed it or would like to review it. 


Beck's Beyond the Fence Award Nominations Open

These annual awards are again seeking nominees. There are four categories this year: Friend of Agriculture; Agricultural Education Outreach; Community Outreach; and the Ag Media Award. More information and the nomination forms are available here. 


NACD Webinar: "Lawns and the Environment"

This October 18 NACD webinar, "Lawns and the Environment," will look at how the Ohio Federation of SWCDs and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company worked together to develop materials that help districts address water quality in urban and suburban areas. While there is no cost to participate, space is limited to 100 registrants. Contact Debra Bogar to sign up.