Conservation Update  
June 5 - 19, 2013 
Executive Director's Report
Jordan Seger Named Director of the Division of Soil Conservation

Jordan Seger has been named the new director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Division of Soil Conservation, ISDA Director Gina Sheets announced today. Seger, 26, has been a program manager in Agricultural and Environmental Affairs for the Soils division since April of 2012. He worked for a year with ISDA field staff prior to that. He attended Indiana University, from where he was graduated with a B.S. in Public Affairs. Seger grew up in the Jasper area and was involved with his family's poultry operation prior to joining the department.


"I am very happy to announce Jordan's appointment as director," Sheets said. "His service to the department, the agribusiness community and the state, have been invaluable. He brings a great combination of knowledge, understanding both the complexities of modern farming operation and the importance of environmental stewardship. He will continue to be a big part of the department's effort to help landowners make sound conservation work in harmony with and toward a better business operation."


Seger said he is happy to have the opportunity. "I am excited to serve Indiana agriculture and the Administration in this new capacity, and I'm anxious to work more closely with the Ag industry and the ISDA field staff who work directly with farmers throughout the state," he said. "Indiana is quickly becoming a national icon for conservation with local, state, and federal entities all working in partnership toward common environmental stewardship and profitable production goals.  The ISDA - DSC will continue to work with landowners to ensure agriculture flourishes and Indiana farmers remain on the cutting edge with conservation technologies to help preserve our valuable resources."


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
CCSI News 

Soil Health Expo in Southwest Indiana

This exciting event is coordinated by CCSI and the "Fantastic Five" SWCDs of Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. The Soil Health Expo is a prime opportunity to learn for any farmer, regardless of his or her current management systems. It features new speakers >to the area that will present topics on soil health, cover crops, precision ag, no till planting, and more PARP, CCA, and CCU Credits; vendor booths; equipment dealers; the CCSI Mentoring Program; and a local farmer panel. Lunch is included in the $10 admission price. Learn more and register here:

Soil Health in the News: CCSI Website Feature
This regularly-updated page shares recent news stories about soil health, conservation cropping systems, and other articles of interest to the soil health community. Know of any good reads? Please feel free to share them with us at [email protected]


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Conservation News Digest 
State of the Birds Report Available
"Private lands have critical conservation value, and landowners and managers can measure their yield not only in bushels and head and cords, but also in bluebirds, hawks and canvasbacks." This report , released this week, highlights the contributions private lands have made to conserving bird habitat, among providing a wealth of other statistics and information. Review it here.
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Upcoming Events

 July 13:

Wabash RiverFest


July 24:

Agronomy Field Day


August 28:

IFB Drainage School 


September 4 and 5:

Natural Resources Enterprise Program


September 24 - 25:

Indiana District Employees' Association Annual Conference 

CCSI and Soil Health Events

Upcoming Deadlines


July 12:

Application for District Showcase Award


September 9:

IASWCD Annual Award Applications for:

  • Conservation Farmer of the Year
  • Supervisor of the Year
  • Friend of Conservation

All award applications are available here 


October 1:

Indiana Forestry Education Foundation Small Grants

These grants support forestry educational programs, educational scholarships in forest management, and the promotion of responsible stewardship of Indiana timberlands. Maximum $500 per request for projects. Email [email protected] to request an application.


October 15: 

 Wild Ones Invites Applications for Native Plant Education Projects: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to schools, nonprofits, and other nonprofit places of learning working on projects that use native plants to develop an appreciation for nature among students. 



Other News
Tippecanoe Co. SWCD Position

The SWCD seeks a conservation technical position responsible for providing technical and educational assistance to land owners/users in developing, planning, and applying natural resource conservation measures.  Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in agronomy, forestry, natural resources or other related field.  The individual must have a basic knowledge of soil, plant sciences, related concepts, principles, techniques, practices, and a working knowledge of computers. Read more and apply.


Call for Award Nominations - Distinguished Ag Alumni & Certificate of Distinction 
Learn about both these awards on Purdue's Ag Alumni website