December 19 -
January 16, 2013
Executive Director's Report


2013 SWCD Annual Conference a success!

A special thanks to all the SWCD Supervisors, Staff and conservation partners that attended the 2013 Annual Conference.  Over 350 people were in attendance, plus 30 exhibitors and 36 sponsors of the event. It was a conference filled with thought-provoking sessions, networking, and good times by those in attendance. On Wednesday, the annual Legislative Breakfast attracted 50 Legislators to meet with their SWCDs and listen to Representative Mike Karickhoff talk about the recommendations from the Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force (


Board 2013

At the Annual Business meeting on Wednesday, new officers for IASWCD were elected. Officers for 2013 include President, Jeff Meinders (Ripley County); Vice-President, Paul Cummings (Owen County); Treasurer, Bobby Hettmansperger (Wabash County); and Secretary, Jamie Scott (Kosciusko County). Region Directors for 2013 are: N-NW, Larry Strole (Newton County); N-NE, Tom Crowe (Allen County); S-NW, Mike Starkey (Hendricks County); S-NE, Troy Hattery (Miami County); N-SW, Les Zimmerman (Vermillion County); N-SE, Mike Schwab (Franklin County); S-SW, Jim Droege (Posey County), and S-SE, Brad Ponsler (Jennings County).  Past President on the Board is Ray McCormick (Knox County).


A special thanks to the following SWCD staff for their help at conference: Andrew Fox, Deb Carpenter, Martha Miller, Michelle Scherer, Nicole Messacar, and Chris Remley! Also, a special thanks to the IDEM Watershed Staff and ISDA District Support Specialists for serving as moderators at many of the sessions.


For those of you that missed it, please check out our conference website to view presentations from the conference. You can also view and download photos of this year's award winners here. You can also view official news releases announcing the award winners. If you did miss the event this year, mark your calendars now for next year's Annual Conference, January 6-8, 2014 at the Marriott hotel in Indianapolis.


Jennifer Boyle-Warner

IASWCD Executive Director 


Conservation News Digest


Members of the Team will briefly introduce their work related to weed management, pest management, and soil management, and share some interesting things they've learned recently related to sustainable production. The over ten Team members include Doctors Lori Hoagland, Horticulture; Eileen Kladivko, Soil Science; and Corinne Alexander, Agricultural Economics. The webinar takes place January 24 at 4pm. Join the webinar here.
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.


Cover Crop Survey

This ten-minute survey is tailored to farmers who have used cover crops. Those who complete the survey by March 15 will be eligible for a random drawing to receive a $100 cash gift card from CTIC or the SARE cover crops book. The survey is sponsored by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and is being carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).


Indiana Horticultural and Agritourism Conference

The Indiana "Hort" Congress will take place January 22-24 at the Indianapolis Wyndham West. The Hort Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. The agritourism conference will take place during the event. The focus of this year's program will be on how agribusiness and agritourism are addressed within zoning and how to enhance that connection, as well as how to enhance rural tourism sustainability, how to make on farm recreational facilities safe (and fun) for children of all ages and to a farmer panel discussion. Learn more and register here.

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 22-24: Indiana Horticultural and Agritourism Conference
Jan. 23: Conservation Day at the Statehouse
Jan. 29-30: No-Till on the Plains
February 1-2: Northern Indiana Grazing Conference
Upcoming Deadlines




Feb. 7

NFWF Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant: 

Providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration with a particular focus on urban waters and watersheds. 


Feb. 1: 

ISDA Funds for Livestock Promotion

Three grant areas: The Indiana Livestock Promotion Grant, Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant, and the 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Grant.


View more grant opportunities here


In Brief

Conservation District Day on Capitol Hill

On March 19, NACD will host its second Fly-In, "Conservation District Day on Capitol Hill." NACD invites conservation supporters from around the nation to join us in Washington, D.C. for this important lobby day. There will also be a reception for members, partners, members of Congress, congressional staffers and agency staff on the evening of the 19th. Contact Laura Wood-Peterson for more info.


The SIGC is on Facebook

Check out the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference's Facebook page! "Like" them to stay updated.


New Smartphone App to Report Invasive Species

This app provides lets users contribute invasive species observations to the MISIN database. These data are then shared with an emerging network of database efforts for the tracking of invasive threats and are used by land managers to help make informed decisions regarding the management and impact of invasive species. Your data can be browsed through the MISIN website.


Paid Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Available

The Apprenticeship is composed of 4000 paid hours of instruction over 2 years (basically a full-time job). Instruction will include the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, classes in dairy and pasture management networking opportunities, the Grassworks grazing conference, as well as other educational events. A holistic management element and professional development training are also integrated into the curriculum. Apply here. 


Student Seeking Summer Internship in Conservation

Sandy Smith is pursuing her B.S. in Geography, with a concentration in Physical Geography, along with minors in GIS and Urban Studies and Design. She is seeking an internship for this summer. For more information, email her at [email protected].


 Miami County SWCD Supervisors show off their new logo polos