Managing for Soil Health at the Local Level
There will be two sessions for this event in early February: One in both northern and southern Indiana. SWCD supervisors and staff, along with other ICP employees, are invited to join with our NRCS District Conservationists to develop a "road map" for a central focus on advancing soil health within the Indiana Conservation Partnership Field Office and Regional Hubs. View the flyer for more information.
A Reminder to Share Your District's Accomplishments Online; Only 17 Received So Far
The Indiana Conservation Partnership Outreach and Education Committee has a new web-based program for Districts to upload your 2011 District success stories and photos to the ICP Accomplishments website.
To date, only 17 Districts have submitted success stories. This is a very important opportunity that each Soil and Water Conservation District has to show your legislators and local county officials how you work to make conservation programs successful at the local level. The success stories will be accompanied data showing state and federal funding levels, and by funding for specific programs by county, showing how your District has leveraged dollars to make a bigger impact on soil and water conservation.
The SharePoint tutorial (PDF) will walk you through how to submit the story and photo. If you have any questions, contact Deb Fairhurst or DeeDee Sigler. Please submit your information as soon as possible.
EQIP Funds Available
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced over $26 million available to help Indiana farmers implement conservation practices. The funds are available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for practices such as nutrient management, reduced tillage, cover crops, rotational grazing systems and others. Applicants must meet EQIP eligibility criteria. Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS service center.
Last Conservation Update Until January 16
This will be our last Conservation Update until after the Annual Conference of Soil and Water Conservation Districts January 7-9. Look for additional news releases coming about conference. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.