January 17-30, 2013
Executive Director's Report
Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors
We also thank our Silver-level Sponsors: Cover Crop Solutions, and Brodbeck Seeds (Tote Bag Sponsors). Our Bronze-level Sponsors were: Bayer CropScience, Beacon Credit Union, Cardno JFNew, DuPont Pioneer, Environmental Tillage Systems, Inc. (Trade Show Breakfast Sponsor), Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Halderman Farm Management/Halderman Real Estate Services, and Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. We also thank our Break Sponsors Ceres Solutions LLP and Starkey Ag Equipment.
We also recognize and thank our:
Friends of IASWCD
District Success Stories
Just a reminder . . . Districts, please submit your 2011 success story. Each report can be printed and included in materials for media, elected officials, at field days, etc., and legislators and the public can read about SWCD accomplishments and partnerships at the local level. Deb Fairhurst, ISDA reports that Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has been reviewing the site to see how it is set up to report state and federal funding sources for each District. Is your site up-to-date? A success story is not something you need to write "from scratch." I am sure it is something you have already written for another report or grant such as a: Clean Water Indiana grant application, other grant application, or an annual report story you have done.
Remember, the story and photo we need right now is for 2011. The story itself should be 500 words or less. Follow the ICP Reports Tutorial you have received. If you have any questions or need help with the story or photo, contact DeeDee Sigler.
IASWCD Executive Director
Conservation News Digest
March Training for SWCD Supervisors and Staff
ICP representatives are sponsoring training for SWCD supervisors and staff in March. The focus is the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative's Regional Hubs: Expansion of the CCSI and What it Means to Your Soil Health Programs; Building Relationships & Tools to Communicate with Local Officials and Community Leaders; Taking Districts from Good to Great;
Stoke the Fire Within You; Charlie Adams, Inspirational Speaker and Writer; and of course, dinner and time for networking with your fellow District peers. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge! There are four dates: March 5, 7, 18 and 19. Register now for the training nearest you. Times are the same for each: 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. EST. Cost is $20 and $25 for late registrations.
On-Farm Agricultural Energy Management Webinar
The Indiana On-Farm Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) Webinar will be February 6, 9 to 10 a.m. EST. Learn more about what a good plan is, the goals and process, producer sign-up, typical audit time frame, and communication between EnSave and NRCS. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now.
Reminder: 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.
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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
March 5, 7, 18, 19: Training for SWCD Supervisors & Staff
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.
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
NRCS Announces New Farm Bill Initiatives
Acting State Conservationist Roger Kult announces several special, targeted Farm Bill Initiatives with 5.5 million dollars available for Indiana farmers that targets drought recovery, wildlife habitat, and specific water quality resource concerns. These projects include the Drought Recovery Initiative, Wildlife Habitat Initiative, Agriculture Water Enhancement Program, Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative, and Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative. To locate the office in your area, please visit NRCS online. Information on the EQIP program is also available on the Indiana NRCS webpage.
Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award recognizes exemplary projects across Indiana. Projects must demonstrate significant and measurable results, be innovative, comprehensive and documented. The awards are open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that operate or support environmental protection efforts of outstanding quality. Nominations must be received by IDEM by 5 p.m. EST on April 19, 2013. To learn more, call 800.988.7901 or visit online.
New Officer Team Leads NACD
NACD announces its new officer team for 2013-2014. Earl Garber, Basile, La., is the 2013 NACD President. Lee McDaniel, Darlington, Md., is NACD's First Vice President. The newly-elected Second Vice President is Brent Van Dyke, Hobbs, N.M. Dick Went, Scituate, RI is the Secretary / Treasurer. In addition to the new officer team, the board elected the following new members to the executive board: Rick Jeans, South Central Region; Ron Brown, Northern Plains Region; Tim Palmer, North Central Region; Kimberly Lafleur, Northeast Region; and Shaun Sims, Southwest Region.
Indiana Farmer One of Three Regional Conservation Legacy Award Winners
Decatur County farmer Roger Wenning is one of three regional winners of the 2013 Conservation Legacy Awards
program. The announcement was made recently by the American Soybean Association
. One of the three regional winners also will receive the National Conservation Legacy Award, to be announced on March 1, 2013, at the annual ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. Read more here.