Conservation Update
January 15- 29, 2014  
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Executive Director's Report
Welcome to the new look of the Conservation Update! We hope you like it.

Farm Bill 
The House of Representatives is voting on the Farm Bill this morning. The National Association of Conservation Districts hopes for swift passage of the bill. The IASWCD will share information as it is received.

GrantStation Insider on IASWCD Website
As you may have noticed, you have not been receiving the GrantStation Insider. This is due to a change made by GrantStation. In an effort to keep all SWCDs informed about grant opportunities, the IASWCD will be regularly updating the grants page on their website with a link to the most recent GrantStation information. You can find the page at http://iaswcd.org/development-current. We will also post it in the right sidebar of this newsletter. 
CCSI News

Registration Open for Intro to Soil Health 
This intro-level workshop will be offered on Feb. 12 and 13 in both south and north locations. The workshop is designed for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff (SWCDs, NRCS, ISDA, Purdue Extension, IDEM, DNR) and other technicians and educators who have not taken a soils class or would like a refresher.

Be advised that there are a number of pre-course readings. Learn more and reserve your spot on CCSI's website. Attendance is capped at 50 people per workshop, so sign up soon!

CCSI to Participate in #AgChat on Tuesday  
CCSI is excited to be part of next week's renowned Twitter conversation, #AgChat! We will be answering questions about conservation practices, primarily no-till and cover crops. Learn more about #AgChat here - and please tune in on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 8-10pm at www.twitter.com/agchat. To join the conversation you must have a Twitter account, but you do not need one to watch. CCSI can be found at www.twitter.com/ccsi_in.

Keep updated with CCSI events on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to join our mailing list!


Conservation News

Conservation Tattoo Orders 

Below are the selection sheets and order form for the wildly popular 2014 conservation tattoos. The cost of the tattoos did not go up. It is still $195.50 for 10,000 tattoos, if there are a total of 200K tattoos ordered overall. Remember, for each tattoo ordered there must be a minimum order per tattoo of 1,000 and a minimum of 10,000 tattoos per order. Orders must be placed to AMOLS by February 24. Spread the word! 

 

Complete the billing and shipping address information and forward to AMOLS at service@amols.com. AMOLS will bill you. Any questions should be directed to Jeffery at 1-800-683-2665.

Next NACD Webinar to Focus on Soil Health 

Soil Health in Urban and Community (U&C) Areas is the topic for the February NACD U&C webinar, which is scheduled for 12 -1pm eastern on February 20. As noted by presenter Clare Lindahl from Iowa, soil health is not just for crop land. This webinar will look at threats to soil quality, homeowner practices for enhancing soil health, and programs in Iowa and Ohio to promote soil quality in urban areas. RSVP to Deb-Bogar@nacdnet.org  


Opportunity to Sign Up for Special Farm Bill Initiatives

Indiana NRCS announces several special, targeted Farm Bill Initiatives with almost three million dollars available for Indiana farmers that target specific natural resource concerns. These projects include the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program, Mississippi River Basin Initiative, Great Lakes River Basin Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, and Organic Initiative. Applications are due February 21. Read the full news release here.

  

2014 CRP Conservation Planning Courses 

Here's a preview of offerings for the first half of 2014 from FacesofCRP.info:

  • Online Core Training and online topic courses are currently open for enrollment through May 31
  • A full complement of hybrid and in-person supplemental courses will be offered around the country this spring
  • Technology-based courses and webinars on topics like WinPST, Comet 2.0, and other in-field technologies as well as an online CRP forestry course

Conservation Workshops for Rural Landowners
Purdue Extension is offering workshops for rural landowners who want to learn about techniques, practices and assistance for developing and enhancing forests, landscapes, ponds and other natural resources. 

"Helping Families Conserve Nature on Their Land" will be given in eight-week sessions throughout the state. Workshop topics include lawn and landscaping conservation practices, small-farm sustainable planning, and management of trees and forests, wildlife habitat, ponds and invasive species. Find more information here. 

Contact Us

 

Upcoming Events
 

 

February 11:
Webinar: The Biology of Soil Compaction

 

March 3:
Facilitation Training with District Support Staff

Hardwood Lumber Workshops: Producing, Using and Selling
  - April 2 in W. Lafayette
  - April 5 in Elkhart
  - April 9 in N. Vernon
  - April 16 in Jasper

CCSI Events
 
February 12 & 13:

Basics of Soil Health - registration open! See details here. 

 

March 2014:

Advanced Conservation Cropping Systems and Cover Crop Workshops. See details here. 

There will be separate workshops for farmers and non-farmers 

Other News
 
Cover Crops Survey from CTIC: Good and Bad! 

CTIC is seeking farmer input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms. This survey will take 10 minutes or less and is for both farmers who use cover crops and farmers who do not use cover crops. If you currently use cover crops, this is your chance to report what works and doesn't work. If you don't use cover crops, this is your chance to tell us why not and help us understand where more scientific evidence is needed to encourage their adoption. Access the survey here.

GrantStation Insider
 
View the latest GrantStation on the IASWCD website. Several other current grants are also posted there. 
Job Board
 
Executive Director, CACD
The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts seeks an Executive Director. For the complete job description, email jant4cacd@gmail.com

Associate Director of Communications, American Rivers
American Rivers seeks applicants with at least 4 years of experience to plan and execute communication programs in support of their river conservation work. Read the full description here.

Watershed Coordinator, GIbson County SWCD
The Gibson County SWCD is in the process of taking applications for a watershed coordinator to fulfill the requirements of a three year 319 IDEM grant. Applications/resumes will be taken until January 15, 2014.  For details, please visit www.gibsonswcd.org