Conservation Update
April 24 - May 7, 2014 
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New IASWCD Website!
The IASWCD is pleased to unveil their new website, available at It is designed to be easier to navigate and more accessible on mobile devices. We hope you enjoy exploring the new site and all its resources!
ICP Training and Certification - Individual Development Inventory

The Individual Development Inventory (IDI) is a tool for collecting information on the present technical capacity of Indiana Conservation Partnership's staff and for determining the need for training. The IDI is an Excel spreadsheet containing a list of various conservation topics and practices for which you will indicate whether or not you need training. You will also be able to indicate if you have already received training on a topic or practice. Download the spreadsheet and tutorial here.


Please complete and return your IDI to [email protected] by June 2.  

NACD Soil Health Forum and Tour in Indianapolis, July 21-22

Attention all SWCD Supervisors and staff! NACD will be hosting (along with IASWCD) a summer soil health forum and tour on July 21 and 22 here in Indianapolis. This is an exciting opportunity for us here in Indiana to demonstrate all the good work soil and water conservation districts and our conservation partners have been doing to promote soil health. We hope you can join us for this event!


When you go to register for the event, and if you choose the online option, there will be an option to choose "IN SWCD Staff and Supervisors." Choosing this option will reduce your registration fee by $75.00. This reduced rate is sponsored by the Clean Water Indiana program (ISDA and State Soil Conservation Board). This is available to only the first 133 IN attendees that sign up, so sign up early!


USDA Announces New Landmark Conservation Initiatives
The new programs announced last week are the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP) and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). Applications for ACEP funding consideration in fiscal year 2014 must be submitted by the individual state deadline or June 6, 2014, whichever is earlier. Applications and state deadline information can be obtained at your local USDA Service Center or at Applications for VPA-HIP are due by June 16 and should be completed at For more information, view the notice on or the program's website.

Expert Information on Conservation Practices
Are you or your customers, especially farmers and their advisors, looking for reputable information on conservation practices and soil health? Look no further than the CCSI website, Find extensive information on important and timely topics such as:
  • Spring Cover Crop Management
  • Cover Crops on Prevented Planting Acres
  • Advice for No-Till Corn Following Beans
  • Videos on Planter Setup
Web Soil Survey Version 3.1 Released

Web Soil Survey Version 3.1 was recently released. One of the new features on the Web Soil Survey home page is a link that was added as a guide that lists the location of maps, reports, and tables found underneath the Soil Data Explorer tab. It is posted on the WSS Home page under "I Want To: Find Information by Topic".

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Conservation News

"Dirt" Author to Open Global Ag Conference  A well-known expert on soil health headlines the opening keynote session at the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA) on June 23. In his address titled, "A Case for Global Soil Restoration," David Montgomery will speak on the need to reverse the trend of soil degradation, one of the most overlooked environmental crises that the world faces. He also will offer an overview of how humanity has treated soils from the dawn of agriculture to the modern era, and what that means for producers worldwide. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how soil restoration can address climate change and feeding the world's growing population. Montgomery is best known for his book, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Read more about the WCCA at


2014 Outdoor Lab of the Year Award Accepting Nominations

The Indiana State Tree Farm Committee strongly encourages the development of quality outdoor education classrooms. Without a doubt, classes taught outdoors are experiences likely to remain in the minds of students for many years. We are pleased to sponsor a contest to recognize the Outstanding Outdoor School Classroom each year. This is the 37th year of running this prestigious award. Many of the state award winners achieved additional recognition. Entries are due June 15th. For more information, email Laura James-Reim.

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 Upcoming Events

Look! These and many, many more events are listed on our statewide events calendar.

Planning an Event? Get it on our calendar using this form!

May 12:
- IDEA Rule 5 Workshop

May 13:
- Webinar: Using RUSLE2 to Evaluate Soil Health Planning Principles

May 15:
- NACD Webinar: Benefits of Green Spaces

May 17:
- Pond Workshop

May 22:
- No-Till Diagnostics Workshop (Advanced)

June 2:

June 6:
- Conservation in the City, Hoosier SWCS Summer Meeting

June 13:
River Friendly Farmer applications due

CCSI Events

July 8  

Field Day at Don Villwock's farm in Knox County 


Other News
May Grazing Bites 
This month's exciting edition of Grazing Bites is now available! Download it here.

Complimentary CRP Courses
Access the suite of online CRP Courses free if you register for this core conservation course by May 15.

Nominations now accepted for Women in Ag Awards

Nominations for this year's Women in Agriculture Awards will be accepted through May 12.

Nominees for the Achievement Award must be an essential part of their family business or personal farm business. Leadership Award nominees are those who hold leadership roles in agriculture. The honorees will be recognized in August at the Indiana State Fair and receive free registration and lodging for the 2015 Midwest Women in Agriculture conference. Apply here.

GrantStation & Current Funding Opportunities


View the latest GrantStation on the IASWCD website. Several other current grants are also posted there.
Job Board
Elkhart Co. SWCD Seeks Urban Conservationist
Read the full job description here.