Conservation Update  
August 1 - 15, 2013 
Executive Director's Report

Pathway to Water Quality Re-dedication 

Yesterday Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, joined the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), State Fair officials, and volunteers to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Pathway to Water Quality exhibit. 

Present were the leaders of Indiana's Conservation Partnership, Pathway Steering Committee members, and a number of volunteers that have developed and cared for the exhibit throughout the years. Ellspermann recognized and thanked the many organizations and volunteers for their dedication and service prior to cutting the ribbon to dedicate the newly restored front pond at the exhibit. Read the full news release.    

Celebrating 20 years of Pathway to Water Quality.
Photo Credit: ISDA

River Friendly Farmers Honored

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann stood center stage with farmers who were honored yesterday for their soil and water conservation practices. The 46 River Friendly Farmer Award winners for 2013 were recognized during a Farmers' Day ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. Since 2000, key conservation and agricultural organizations have sponsored the River Friendly Farmer Program. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices helps keep Indiana's rivers, lakes and streams clean. Read the full news release. Full biographies are available for download here, and individual photos will be available soon.
2013 River Friendly Farmer recipients
NRCS & ICP Conservation Workload Maps 
These maps have been assembled by Deb Fairhurst of ISDA. The maps are great resources for getting an understanding of the "big picture" of Indiana conservation! Please utilize these maps at SWCD Board Meetings, when meeting with your County Commissioners, in presentations, and for exhibits. They, along with maps regarding SWCD and Division of Soil Conservation activities, can be found on the Sharepoint site here. Also available for viewing are the most recent nutrient load reduction maps. If you have forgotten your password to access Sharepoint, contact Deb at [email protected] 

Federal Legislative Update

In June, the U.S. Senate successfully passed a 2013 Farm Bill with a bipartisan vote, and the House of Representatives split the Farm Bill, passing a partial farm-only 2013 bill while cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House has not yet taken up the nutrition title, though they may do so in September with even greater SNAP cuts totaling $40 billion. The  

Senate Farm Bill Conferees have been named as well.  


Also, the Senate confirmed Krysta Harden (former NACD CEO) as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Robert Bonnie as Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Jason Weller has also been confirmed as Chief of NRCS. 

Thank You, Districts! 

Thank you to the Districts who have submitted their 2013 dues. View the list of Districts who have paid their dues here.


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

Barry Fisher, NRCS Soil Health SpecialistEarn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with CCSI 

Did you know that most of CCSI's events offer Continuing Education credits? We make sure CCA, CCH, PARP credits, and more are available. We strive to make CCSI workshops engaging and valuable and hope to see you at one soon! Check out the Soil Health Calendar. Events coming up soon include:
CCSI Featured in AgriNews Article
"Systems Approach Improves Soil Health," published August 12, features several quotes from CCSI coordinators Hans Kok and Dan Towery. Towery said  "the systems approach involves multiple years. 'So if we look at our soil properties, we've done pretty good job on the physical elements, but the biological and there's this interaction that takes place and a lot of our soil health focus on the biological part is very important,' he said." Read the full article.

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Annual Conference: January 6-8, 2014

Awards and Resolutions


IASWCD Annual Awards are all due September 9. Application links are below. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Also, please submit Resolutions for annual IASWCD Business Meeting by September 20. You can read more about the resolutions process here, or download the resolution form here.  

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Upcoming Events

August 21 - 23:
Grassfed Exchange Conference
August 27:
SWCD Supervisor Summit

August 29:
Farm Progress Show

September 9:
IASWCD Award Applications Due


September 24 - 25:

Indiana District Employees' Association Annual Conference


January 6-8:

Annual Conference  

of Indiana SWCDs 

CCSI Events


August 30:

Soil Health Workshop at Purdue's Beck Center for Agronomy

Register now! 

Other News

Enviroscapes Available  

The Conservation Technology and Information Center has a set of Enviroscapes available if any District would like it. Email Karen Scanlon for more information at [email protected]

MS4 Workshops
Several MS4 workshops (mostly webinar format) are coming up. See the full schedule here.

St. Joseph SWCD Address
Please update your directories:
St. Joseph SWCD,
2903 Gary Drive, Plymouth, IN, 46563

IDEM seeks Public Comment on Draft Nonpoint Source Management Plan

This plan will guide Indiana's usage of Clean Water Act Section 319 grant funds for nonpoint source pollution prevention and abatement. The draft plan has been completed and IDEM is seeking public comment on the document. Please visit to obtain a copy of the draft plan and instructions on how to provide comment. The comment period ends August 31, 2013.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines


 View more grant opportunities here 



 Awesome Food 

Each month, Awesome Food will give one applicant $1,000 to help pull off an awesome idea involving food. Anyone is eligible to apply


Aug. 31:  

The Hardwood Forestry Fund promotes hardwood timber growth, management, and education, as well as environmentally sound uses of renewable forest resources.