Indiana Association of  
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Media Advisory
from the IASWCD

For release: Thursday, December 19, 2013
State Soil and Water Association to Present Conservation Awards Jan. 7

2014 annual conference

Indianapolis -- Jeff Meinders, president, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) announced the six state conservation awards that will be presented to individuals, companies and organizations next month. The presentations will highlight the IASWCD's 2014 Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts Conservation Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. 


"We're recognizing outstanding achievement in conservation activities around Indiana," Meinders said. "It is truly exciting to see what is happening in urban and agricultural settings. Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts,   Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, local watershed groups, and conservation organizations are partnering on innovative projects," Meinders added.      


Conservation awards to be presented on Tuesday, January 7, at the evening banquet. The awards include: 

The three-day Annual Conference convenes Monday, January 6, with Josh Seehorn, fresh off of his trek across the U.S. to promote the North American Envirothon. Sustainable agriculture production systems will be the focus of the second keynote address on Monday. Rochelle Ripp Schnadt, communications specialist with the Wisconsin Discovery Farms, will highlight the exciting work the Discovery Farms is doing at the Welcome Luncheon. 


Tuesday's General Session on January 7 provides important tools to help any organization become more effective.  Crucial Conversations; Tools for Talking When Stakes are High is all about how to Get Unstuck with Best Practice Skills for High-Stakes Interactions. The conference concludes on Wednesday, January 8, with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann addressing the group's Legislative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.


The complete agenda is available in the conference brochure. Registration and other information on the conference is available online, or check onsite at the registration desk that will be located on the second floor of the Indianapolis Marriott, 350 W. Maryland, Indianapolis, 46225 


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For more information contact:

DeeDee Sigler, Communications Manager
317-692-7374, ext. 303 

IASWCD Officers


President: Jeff Meinders


Vice President: 
Paul Cummings


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Bobby Hettmansperger




North-NW: Jim Martin


South-NW: Mike Starkey


North-NE: Tom Crowe 


South-NE: Troy Hattery


North-SW: Les Zimmerman


South-SW: Jim Droege 


North-SE: Mike Schwab


South-SE: Brad Ponsler




Executive Director:

Jennifer Boyle Warner


Project Assistant: Liz Rice


Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler

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