News Release

from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts 

News from the IASWCD

For release: Thursday, April 10, 2014
2014 NACD Soil Health Forum, Tour Comes to Indianapolis July 21-22
Summer Meeting to Recognize Indiana's Leadership in Soil Health 

(INDIANAPOLIS) -The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) will be hosting a summer Soil Health Forum and Conservation Tour on July 21 and 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the meeting, The National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) will also be offering a soil health technical training session for district and NRCS employees on July 23.

The tour, forum and training will be held in conjunction with NACD partners including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD). Participants will select from several farm tours highlighting on-the-ground conservation practices in part supported by USDA Farm Bill and EPA 319 programs.

On Monday, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, including a panel of farmers, on the topic of soil health. On Tuesday, attendees will participate in one of several of soil-health focused tours, including:  

  • Rulon Enterprises: Economic Opportunities of Soil Health Systems
  • Starkey Farms/Little Ireland Farms: Measuring the Benefits of Soil Health for Water Quality/Farming for Soil Health and Upstream from Indy's Drinking Water Source
  • Legan Farms: Irrigation and Manure Integration for Soil Health and Water Quality
On Tuesday afternoon, the tour will visit the Indiana State Fairgrounds to visit the "Pathway to Water Quality" watershed demonstration site and the Indiana Soybean Alliance "Glass Barn," a vivid experience of what life is like for Indiana farmers, including how technology serves as a bridge between farmers and the land.

According to Jeff Meinders, President of IASWCD, "the NACD Soil Health Forum and Conservation Tour will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the soil health outreach efforts happening in Indiana and across the nation." For the latest information on the agenda, tours, hotel, local attractions and to register, visit:


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For more information contact:

Jennifer Boyle Warner, executive director, 317.692.7519, ext. 304 

IASWCD Officers:


President: Jeff Meinders 


Vice President: 
Paul Cummings 


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Mike Starkey 




North-NW: Kim Peterson


South-NW: Paula Baldwin 


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 


Assistant Director: Liz Rice 


Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher 

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