February 14 - 27
Executive Director's Report

March Conservation Cropping Systems Workshops

There are a variety of advanced soil health workshops in March for ICP agency staff, farmers, and Certified Crop Advisors.


Farmer workshops (registration here) take place on March 13, 15, and 22. Each workshop is $20. These workshops' topics include no-till and cover crops, including machinery adjustments, nutrient and pest management specific to conservation cropping systems, and selecting and managing cover crops.


Advanced soil health workshops for ICP agency staff (registration here) and CCAs (registration here) take place on March 12, 14, and 21. Detailed information can be found on each registration form. ICP staff may attend at no charge; a $20 fee is asked of CCAs.


Register Now for March Trainings!

The Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) is sponsoring training for SWCD supervisors and staff in March. The workshops will focus on:

  • 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," presented by Charlie Adams, Inspirational Speaker and Writer

The deadline is today for the March 5 (Washington) and 7 (North Vernon) trainings. The deadline is March 8 for the March 18 and 19 trainings. This is an excellent opportunity to network and gain valuable knowledge! Register now for the training nearest you. All workshops cost $20 (late registration is $25) and run from 5:00 to 8:15 p.m. EST. 


Sharepoint URL Change 

The current Sharepoint link (https://myshare.in.gov/isda) is not be available to SWCDs anymore as the ISDA Division of Soil Conservation has updated it with confidential information. Instead, SWCDs will need to use https://myshare.in.gov/isda/swcd to access Sharepoint. Please bookmark this new link in your web browser.


NRCS Cooperative Agreements 

NRCS Acting State Conservationist Roger Kult reports they are in the final stages of preparing the Cooperative Agreements. They are planning to begin sending them to SWCDs later this week and early next week. They will be asking for the SWCD signed copy to be returned to NRCS by April 12. Please note that we will be adding ICP signatures AFTER we receive the signed SWCD copy.


Pathway to Water Quality Featured in State Magazine

The Spring issue of My Indiana Home is out with a great feature article on Pathway to Water Quality! This goes to approximately 280,000 people across the state of Indiana. It is geared towards Indiana Farm Bureau's nonfarm audience (approximately 200,000) members. A special thanks to Andy Dietrick, the IFB public relations division manager and editor of the magazine, for helping us promote this great exhibit. 2013 is Pathway's 20th anniversary at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We're excited to celebrate such a significant milestone. Stay tuned for more details on our 20th anniversary celebration.


Have a great week!
Jennifer Boyle Warner, IASWCD Executive Director

Conservation News Digest


CRP Sign-ups Begin May 20 

The Indiana FSA will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. Producers accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance for planting covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit your local FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov

2013 Stewardship Week
Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 28-May 5, 2013. Visit the
NACD Stewardship page for a downloadable news release, public service announcements, proclamations and more. You can also view the community outreach materials available from the NACD Marketplace.

"Where Does Your Water Shed" Materials Discount
Time is running out to receive 10 percent off your order of $150 or more! You must order on or before March 15 and use the code water2013 during the check-out process to receive the discount. 
These educational materials can be bought at the NACD Marketplace.

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Upcoming Events  

March 5, 7, 18, 19: Training for SWCD Supervisors & Staff (flyer)

March 6: Maintenance of Native Plant Communities in Restorations, Landscaping and Storm Water BMPs

March 12, 14, 21: Advanced Soil Health Workshops for ICP staff & CCAs 
March 13, 15, 22: Conservation Cropping Systems Workshops for farmers

March 18 - 19: Two-Stage Ditch Workshop
March 19: Well Water Workshop, Boone Co. 


Upcoming Deadlines


March Supervisor & Staff Trainings:

March 5: Washington

March 7: North Vernon

March 8: Columbia City and Delphi




May 22: 

Conservation Innovation Grants

 Grants aim to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to improve conservation on private lands.


March 11 

American Water Environmental Grant

Funds innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies in our local communities. SWCDs are eligible.  


View more grant opportunities here


In Brief


Two-Day Two-Stage Ditch Workshop
The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is hosting a 2 day workshop on March 18 & 19 focused on Two-Stage Ditches. Included in this workshop is a visit to a newly constructed Two-Stage Ditch project where you can see the practice firsthand. 
View the flyer for more information.

"Super App" Tracks Insect Populations
MyTraps.com enables growers and consultants to manage insect trap data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering data through a smartphone or Web browser. The application is available as an online subscription service through MyTraps.com.

Posey Co. SWCD Seeks District Technician

The Posey County SWCD is looking for a part-time District Technician. This person's main responsibility will involve the technical aspect of conservation projects and Rule 5 reviews. A job description is available by calling 812-838-4191x3 or e-mail to Jeri ZiliakResumes due by 3/15/13.


Huntington Co. SWCD Seeks Watershed Coordinator

The Huntington County SWCD is seeking a Watershed Coordinator for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed. The position is being funded through a 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program Grant and is a 4 year grant. Email [email protected] for job description. Resumes due by 3/15/13.