September 27 - October 10, 2012
Executive Director's Report

Conservation Partnership and CCSI Awarded

The Upper White River Watershed Alliance recognized the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) at the 2012 White River Festival last month. The Partnership's CCSI project received the "Exceptional Commitment to Conservation" award for its systematic approach to production agriculture through encouraging the adoption of long-term, continuous no-till practices.


IASWCD 2013 Slate of Officers

On September 28, the IASWCD approved the nominating committee's slate of officers for 2013 including Jeff Meinders (Ripley County) for President, Paul Cummings (Owen County) for Vice-President, Bobby Hettmansperger (Wabash County) for Treasurer and Jamie Scott (Kosciusko County) for Secretary. Elections will take place at the January 9, 2013 Annual Business meeting. Read about IASWCD's current board members here


State Soil Conservation Board Meeting

The next State Soil Conservation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 1 PM in Plainfield, IN (map). 


Job Opening: CCSI Program Coordinator

The IASWCD is seeking a full time Program Coordinator for the "Conservation Cropping Systems for Soil Health and Productivity" project. The goal of the project is to integrate long-term continuous no-till/strip-till, cover crops, precision technology, nutrient and pest management practices into productive, profitable and sustainable systems focused on soil health. Read the full job description here.

The Power of Conservation: Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Rewards

Ninety days from now, over 400 conservationists from across Indiana will convene in downtown Indianapolis for the 70th Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The IASWCD staff, board and conference committee have been at work during the spring, summer and fall finalizing details for another great event. 
Meet our Keynote Speakers 
One of Indiana's own, Scott Russell Sanders, a long-standing conservationist from Bloomington, will open the 2013 Annual Conference with his message "From Consumption to Conservation" on Monday, January 7. Sanders is an author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past 30 years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published this year by Indiana University Press. 


Otto Doering

It is no coincidence that Otto Doering, Director of Purdue's Climate Change Research Center, returns as our Tuesday keynote speaker to discuss "Extreme Weather, Climate Change, and Building Resilience into Our Future." With the drought of this past year, there is again more interest in climate change. As we make decisions today we have the opportunity to build resilience into our landscapes and our cropping systems as inexpensive insurance against whatever eventuality does occur.

   Saddle Butte Ag, Inc.


The Association is excited to welcome Saddle Butte Ag as our Platinum Conference Sponsor this year! Saddle Butte Ag is an Oregon-based, family owned company specializing in the Midwest cover crop market. Saddle Butte has several roots back to homesteads in the area, including one farm that is in the sixth generation of family operators. Saddle Butte Ag. is the leader in cover crops for the Midwest farmer. Their agronomists were involved with the early trial work done in Indiana helping manage relations between Indiana producers and the Oregon Ryegrass Commission. Currently Saddle Butte Ag markets under the Bio Till logo. Visit their website for product and contact information.


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Upcoming Events

Oct. 11: Clark Co. District Showcase
Oct. 17: State Soil Conservation Board Meeting
Oct. 16-17: NRCS Forestry Training
Oct. 25: S-SW and N-SW Region Meetings
Oct. 25 & 30: Landowner Conservation Programs 


Nov. 30:

Early-bird registration deadline


Dec. 21: Hotel reservation deadline


Nov. 16: 

Supervisor Scholarship applications due.


Conference Brochure & Agenda


Upcoming Deadlines



October 15:

Conservation Innovation Grant applications due


January 15: 

Lake and River Enhancement grant applications due


View more grant opportunities here


In Brief
IN Soil Health Symposium: Nov. 16, Indianapolis
Soil health is not a new concept-it is a return to our roots! This symposium will feature discussions about the science and economics of soil health, as well as current studies that will help us measure the ecological and economical impact of soil health practices. Learn more and register here.
Soil and Water Conservation Society: Hoosier Chapter Awards Open 

The awards will be presented at the Hoosier Chapter's annual meeting being held on November 19th. The award categories are: Individual Accomplishment, Group Accomplishment, Education and Information and Outstanding Service to the Chapter. Learn more here.


Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium

The UMSRS is calling for abstracts for this annual conference. Read the announcement.


Drainage Code Presentation from IDEA

Several people asked that the Drainage Code Law presentation that was given at the IDEA Conference be uploaded to Sharepoint. It is now located under: Helpful Documents & Tools, Resource Center, Drainage Code Laws. 

Job Announcements
Resource Conservationist: Steuben County SWCD
Read the full job description here. Resumes are due to Kathleen Hart via email by October 12. 


Contract Position: Whitley County SWCD 

The candidate will be involved in conservation planning, review of construction projects from inception to completion that fall within MS4 and Rule 5 matrix and the associated administrative requirements with these programs, educational programs presented by the SWCD, and other assigned duties. Email resumes to Nadean.