Conservation Update  
April 25 - May 8, 2013 
Executive Director's Report 


Success at the Statehouse!

A special thanks to all the SWCD supervisors and staff for reaching out to your legislators this session! We were successful in getting our request for an increase in Clean Water Indiana (CWI) funding into the biennium budget. The CWI fund includes a general fund appropriation of $1 million per year (an increase of $500,000 per year over the last biennium budget) in addition to the dedicated Cigarette tax fund (approx. $3.014 million per year). We would also like to thank our lobbyist Cresswell Hizer for his efforts on behalf of the SWCDs this legislative session. Please remember that it's important to reach out to your state legislators throughout the year. Make sure to invite them to field days, workshops, basically any event your SWCD is hosting. You might also think about planning a special tour just for legislators!  It's important to keep in touch with them throughout the year!


Ripley County Supervisor Honored Again

Larry Huffmeyer, who received the 2012 Indiana Conservation Farmer of the Year award in January at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs, was recently named the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Huffmeyer is also a Sygenta sales representative. The award is sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser program. Huffmeyer also was honored in January with the Career Conservation Designation at the Annual Conference because of his consistently high regard for conservation measures over his farming career. Congratulaions to Larry and his family!


319 Grants Available: Notice of Intent due June 1

IDEM has announced the solicitation of grant applications for Section 319 funds for 2014. Applications for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Section 319 Grant Solicitation are due August 30, 2013. In addition to the new deadline, IDEM is asking all applicants to submit a Notice of Intent by June 1, 2013. Read more here.


Ag Census

Soil and Water Conservation Districts and ICP organizations can encourage Indiana farmers to complete the current ag census. The deadline is May 31, so there is still time! The census may be completed online, which saves time by allowing the respondent to skip over questions that don't apply and calculating totals automatically. This Census is conducted every five years and is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States. The online site is very comprehensive and should answer all of your questions, however, you can contact the Indiana field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Comments requested on the FDA's "The Food Safety Modernization Act"

The National Association of Conservation Districts would like to encourage your comments towards conservation on the proposed new food safety rule by May 16. The FSMA rule is significant in that it asks certain specialty crop growers to monitor for intrusions from animals and also includes proposals for monitoring agriculture water for specialty crop producers. NACD would like to specifically point your attention to subparts E, F, and I. To submit comments, click on this link.


Thank You, Districts! 

Thank you to the Districts who have submitted their 2013 dues. We envision the IASWCD as a leader in soil and water conservation through the coordination, encouragement and support of local SWCD activities. This in turn builds a statewide awareness of critical conservation issues. Please review our Annual Report for more information on our actions and accomplishments in 2012. View the list of Districts who have paid their dues here.


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


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Grants for Ag Education and Youth Leadership

Indiana's Family of Farmers (IFOF) will continue to offer grants for local communities, including a category for youth-led initiatives, to improve promotion of agriculture in the Hoosier State. Grants of up to $2,000 will be made to improve educational agriculture-related events around Indiana. The deadline to apply for the grant is May 31. Applications and detailed guidance may be found online at:

NRCS Improves Impaired Watersheds in Indiana

An additional sign up period ending June 21 is announced for producers located in the Silver Creek, Ell Creek and Eagle Creek watersheds to apply for funding. Eligible producers will receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring. Contact your local NRCS office for more information. 


Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due by May 31

This voluntary program allows producers to maintain or increase productivity of their operations while also conserving natural resources. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation.

Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program

The applications for Class 16 of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program from AgriInstitute are now available. The Institute seeks individuals who represent the very broad and diverse sectors of agriculture and service industries that are important to agriculture. Read more and download the application here

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Upcoming Events  

May 16:
NACD Urban & Community Webinar 
May 17:
13th Annual Indiana-Michigan St Joseph River Basin Symposium
May 23:
No-Till Diagnostic Workshop, West Lafayette 


June 27: 

Surface Mining Soils & Reclamation Field Day (producers needed -please see our calendar for info)


May is American Wetlands Month! 

Upcoming Deadlines

May 17: 

 NFWF: Pulling Together Initiative
This grant is intended to help support the creation of local Cooperative Weed Management Area partnerships that bring together local landowners, citizens groups, and weed experts to develop and implement strategies for managing weed infestations on public lands, natural areas, and private working lands. 

May 31:

Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide that connect children directly to real food. Two types of grants are provided: "Getting Started: Funds for Your New Program" and  "Digging Deeper: Funds for Your Existing Program."


June 1:

319 Grants Available: Notice of Intent due June 1

IDEM has announced the solicitation of grant applications forSection 319 funds for 2014. Applications for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Section 319 Grant Solicitation are due August 30, 2013. In addition to the new deadline, IDEM is asking all applicants to submit a Notice of Intent by June 1, 2013.


July 15:

National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge
This cost-share grant program supports national urban and community forestry projects on non-federal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application.  



Other News


Host an Event for NPLD! 
The NPLD's 20th Anniversary national day of service  will be held on Sept. 28. When you host an NPLD event, people become motivated and inspired because they are part of something BIG. This year, over 2,000 sites with volunteers across the nation will be celebrating NPLD on public lands. Join in and register your event today! 


Webinar Celebrates American Wetlands Month

On May 21 and 29, the Association of State Wetland Managers will hold webinars on state and regional wetland restoration strategies and designing wetlands for rare amphibians. For more information, visit Other information and activities happening this month are listed online.


USGS Webinar: Modernizing Water Time-Series Data Collection & Processing.
Join hydrology expert Joseph Nielsen from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on May 21 for this complimentary presentation. Space is limited. 
Register here.