November 21 - December 5, 2012
Executive Director's Report

Share Your District's Accomplishments Online

The Indiana Conservation Partnership Outreach and Education Committee has new web-based program for Districts to upload your 2011 District success stories and photos to the ICP Accomplishments website. Submit your story and photo by December 17, 2012. You may also like to review the site's tutorial (PDF). If you have any questions, contact Deb Fairhurst or DeeDee Sigler.


Spring 2013 Soil Health Workshops

Registration is now open for the coming spring's Introductory- and Advanced-level soil health workshops. These workshops are open to Indiana Conservation Partnership Agency staff. Email Liz Rice for a registration form, and review workshop descriptions and dates here (PDF).


Next State Soil Conservation Board Meeting

The next State Soil Conservation Board meeting will be Wednesday, December 12 at 9:30 am. The meeting will take place at The Nature Conservancy, which is located at 620 E Ohio Street in Indianapolis.


Next Leadership Institute Workshop: Feb. 15-16
This workshop on "Leadership in Change" is the first of  our four leadership training cornerstones. Many previous participants rank this workshop as their favorite. At this workshop participants have the opportunity to learn more about their personal traits and style for interacting and working with others. View the flyer.


NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar

This webinar will be held at 11 am EST on December 20. It will be a continuation of the NPDES Phase II Program discussion. Rachel Herbert, of the U.S. EPA Office of Water Stormwater Team, will speak in more detail about these measures. Additionally, Eric Kurtz, Stormwater Coordinator for the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District in Indiana, will talk about his district's active role in the construction runoff control measures, why other districts should consider similar roles, and how to make the case to the MS4 entities and others. While there is no cost to participate, space is limited to 100 registrants. Contact Debra Bogar to sign up.

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


The IASWCD is excited to feature three additional companies who are sponsors for the 70th Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs. Please thank them by showing your support for their products and services! You will find all of our 2013 conference sponsors featured on our conference website.  


Bronze Sponsor: Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience is an agricultural input supplier to the industry focusing on innovative products in the areas of crop protection, seed treatments and traits while maintaining agricultural sustainability.


Bronze Sponsor: Cardno JFNew

Cardno JFNew is an ecological consulting and restoration firm that offers expertise in wetlands, water resources, wildlife and habitat, sustainability and conservation, restoration, and cultural resource issues as well as the streamlined management of regulatory permitting and compliance.


Bronze Sponsor: Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. 

Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. is the state's largest general farm organization. IFB and its 92 county Farm Bureaus has as its purpose "to be an effective advocate for farmers."

Featured Conference Sessions and Events


Monday Night Welcome Reception

Meet, greet, and network with your friends and colleagues at the annual Welcome Reception on Monday evening. We'll provide snacks and complimentary drinks from 7:30 - 8:30pm. Let's celebrate the end of a great year for Districts, as well as the start of our 70th Annual Conference!


Outreach and Education Sessions

This year's four outreach and education sessions are designed to give participants the opportunity to learn and gain inspiration from presenters whose outstanding skills public outreach, interaction, and education have advanced their organization.

  • Where is the Money for SWCDs?
  • Share Your Message on a Shoestring: Social Media Strategies for SWCDs and Watershed Groups
  • How to Move Watershed Efforts into Primetime Media and Other Social Marketing Venues!
  • It's a Cluttered World, Organize it with Google Tools
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Upcoming Events

Dec. 12: Webinar: Integrating Long Term Hydrologic Impact Analysis (L-THIA) and High Impact Targeting (HIT): Web Tools for Watershed Analysis
Dec. 20: NACD Webinar, NPDES Phase II Program

January 9-12: National No-Till Conference


Why attend conference? Check out the Conference Promo Video


Dec. 21: Hotel reservation deadline


Dec. 30:

Annual Business Meeting Delegate form due.


View this year's proposed Resolutions, No. 1 and No. 2


Conference Brochure & Agenda


Upcoming Deadlines




Feb. 1, 2013

 ISDA Funds Available for Livestock Promotion 

Three grants are available: the Indiana Livestock Promotion Grant, Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant, and the 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Grant.


Dec. 31: 

The USDA Technical Assistance Training Grant program supports the provision of technical assistance or training to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems.


January 15:

Applications due for Lake and River Enhancement grants


View more grant opportunities here


In Brief


Today is World Soil Day! 

Follow the celebration and recognition of World Soil Day on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldSoilDay.


"Our Food, Our Farmers"

Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to consider the impact of Indiana foods and farmers for the third Ag Essay Contest, titled "Our Food, Our Farmers: Nourishing Generations of Hoosiers." The essay question for all ages is: "Describe how Indiana farmers 1) nourish our families, 2) our animals, and 3) our earth (soil)." Read more on the Family of Farmers website.


Guaranteed Conservation Loans Now Available 

Unlike other FSA guaranteed loan programs, Conservation Loans are not limited on farm size. Interested applicants who do not already have a conservation plan approved by NRCS should work with their local NRCS staff to develop a one. For questions regarding these loans, please contact your lender or your local FSA county office. 


No Printed Conference Presentations

The IASWCD will not provide copies of speakers' powerpoint presentations at Conference this year. However, the presentations will, as always, be available for viewing online after Conference.


Lake County SWCD: New Address

880 East 99th Court, Suite A

Crown Point, IN 46307


Conservation Day - Jan. 23

Conservation Day at the Statehouse will take place on January 23, 2013. Stay updated on this annual event here.