Conservation Update  
October 9 - 23, 2013 
Executive Director's Report
Leadership Institute

Our final Leadership Institute for 2013 ("Communication") will be held on December 6 and 7 in the river town of Madison (Jefferson County). You can view the agenda here. Please save these dates on your calendar. The Communication workshop covers these valuable skills:

  • Building relationships with others
  • Listening to Understand Others
  • Speaking Your Message Clearly
  • Influencing Others

The town of Madison is beautifully decorated for the holidays this time of year, and we will have tickets to the "Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes." Also, our workshop will take place in the Clifty Falls State Park, which truly one of the state's "gems". This will be a neat time of year and place to spend time with fellow SWCDs.


Please note, this is a very popular destination and weekend. If you plan on staying at the Clifty Falls Inn, please make your reservations early. Twenty rooms for Friday night are being held under the block "SWCD Leadership Institute" through November 15 at a rate of $126/night plus tax.


Vermillion County SWCD Receives State Recognition

Meg Leader, Vermillion County SWCD, and Lew Peery, Town of Dana Town Council, hold the IUFC 2013 Outstanding Project Award.

The Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) recognized Vermillion County's Dana Urban Forest Project as its 2013 Outstanding Project last week. The award was presented at the IUFC's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The Dana Urban Forest Project is a joint project of the Town of Dana and the Vermillion County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District was one of the IASWCD's 2012 Showcase District winners for their work on the Dana Urban Forest Project. Read more here.

NACD Urban & Community Webinars: Presenters Sought
The webinar hosts seek presenters on a variety of topics for 20-minute spots. You can review upcoming webinar topics here. If you are interested in presenting on one of the available topics, email Deb Bogar at [email protected].
Have a great week!
Jennifer Boyle Warner, IASWCD Executive Director
CCSI News 
"Indiana is at the Forefront of Cover Crop Adoption"
The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative was recognized in a recent publication from the National Wildlife Federation for its role in promoting conservation cropping systems, particularly cover crops. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's 2011 numbers, 68,141 acres of cover crops were  planted through their cost-share program. The report also highlighted the Clean Water Indiana program, as well as Jasper, Newton, Fountain, Parke, and Vermillion County SWCDs' fantastic successes in conservation. Read the full report here; Indiana's story begins on page eight.
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Annual Conference News

Welcome to Our Awards Banquet Sponsor

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) welcomes back KB Seed Solutions as our Awards Banquet Sponsor. The company was started in 2007 by Wayne Kizer and Nick Bowers. Wayne and Nick are both fourth generation on their Oregon farms, and specialize in grass seed production. KB Seed Solutions does more than just provide producers with seed. They bring leadership and knowledge to help integrate annual ryegrass into an operation to make farmers more successful and profitable. Visit their website at


Keynote: Crucial Conversations: 

Tools for Talking When Stakes are High 

In short, when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong, the best individuals, teams and organizations speak up and encourage others to do the same, no matter the topic or sensitivity of the subject. But, in these situations, what do you do? Where do you turn as an organization? We'll find out at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, at the General Session II. This "Crucial Conversations" session is titled "Tools for Talking When Stakes are High: Get Unstuck with Best Practice Skills for High-Stakes Interactions." Speaker Justin Hale will present this program, which is based on the award-winning "Crucial Conversations" training program and book. Justin's session will guide us through the steps to master crucial conversations to achieve alignment, agreement and execution! 


The best individuals, teams and organizations speak persuasively, and not abrasively. Justin has been a Master Certified Trainer for over three years at the Center of Trainer Development at VitalSmarts. He has a bachelor's degree in social psychology from Brigham Young University. This will be an excellent session for Districts, watershed organizations and conservation partners.


Lunch Presentation: Wisconsin Discovery Farms

Our Welcome Luncheon on Monday features the exciting work Discovery Farms is doing in Wisconsin. This session starts at 12:15 p.m. on January 6, 2014. The Discovery Farms' mission is to develop on-farm and related research to determine the economic and environmental effects of agricultural practices on a diverse group of Wisconsin farms. Representatives will discuss how their work determines the effects of environmental rules and regulations on the environment, farm profitability and farm management; and provides accurate information to producers, consumers, policy makers and agency personnel so positive steps can be made to protect both the environment and production agriculture.
Annual Conference:  
January 6-8, 2014

Registration is Open!

Register online here. 


Conference Brochure

Includes sessions, keynote speakers, and sponsors. View it here.



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Upcoming Events


  Oct. 24, Greenfield:

Rain Garden Workshop with Rusty Schmidt. Email
Claire Lane or call  

317-773- 2181


Oct. 25, Jasper:

Rain Garden Workshop with Rusty Schmidt. Email Judi Brown or call 812-482-1171,
xt., 3.   


January 6-8

Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs


December 5

World Soil Day

CCSI Events
November 1:
Annual Conservation Tillage Meeting
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November 12:
Advanced Cover Crops
Other News

 Agronomy Crib Notes 

Take a few minutes to read the October issue of Agronomy Crib Notes. The NRCS publication focuses on "Late Planted Forages, Permanent Cover and Cover Crops" this month. The full article, from Barry Fisher, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist; Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist and Tony Bailey, NRCS State Conservation Agronomist is available here.


Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference Dec. 17-18

Improving crop stress tolerance, enhancing water quality, maximizing yield and decreasing the risks associated with shifting weed, disease and weather constraints to crop production are the themes of this year's Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference on Dec. 17-18 in Indianapolis. The annual two-day conference is designed to allow Certified Crop Advisers, or CCAs, the opportunity to earn up to 16 continuing education credits. Sessions will be presented by experts from companies and eight universities, including Purdue. More information on the presentation topics and speakers is available online. Interested persons can register online as well.

Upcoming Grants: 


October 25: 

Grants for Cover Crop Research from the National Wildlife Federation. Proposals should not generally exceed $5,000. All proposals and questions should be sent to Trisha White at [email protected]  


November 1:

SARE Youth Educator Grant 


November 12:

SARE Farmer / Rancher Grant 

2014 annual conference
Position Open
Lost River Watershed Coordinator
The Orange County SWCD seeks a watershed coordinator. Review the job description here. Send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected]. Paper copies of the above documents may also be mailed to: Orange County SWCD, Attention: Michael Wilhite, 573 SE Main St., Paoli, IN 47454. Questions may also be emailed to
[email protected]