Conservation Update
May 22 - June 4, 2014 
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IASWCD Welcomes New Assistant Director

The IASWCD's current Assistant Director, Liz Rice, has accepted an invitation to join the Peace Corps in the Philippines. On behalf of the IASWCD Board of Directors and Jennifer, we wish her well on her journey! And, a big thanks for all her hard work over these last few years. Liz says, "I have greatly enjoyed working with and especially learning from all of you during my time in the SWCD world. Thank you for sharing your passion for conservation with me!" 


Taking over for her will be Emily Neitzel, pictured to the left. Emily is a lifelong Hoosier who graduated in 2012 from Indiana University with a degree in Communications. She has worked in a variety of fields including private companies, government and political offices, and nonprofits. Most recently she has worked in training event coordination for a joint Rolls-Royce/UAW training facility in Indianapolis. Emily says, "I am excited to become a part of the IASWCD because I love to work for organizations that are committed to making a positive impact on the state's future!" In her spare time, she loves to read, spend time outside, and cheer on the Pacers.


Emily can be reached at [email protected]; she starts next week. 
River Friendly Farmer Award Nominations Due River Friendly Farmer logo June 13
Applications and the required signature page can be downloaded at The River Friendly Farmer Award publicly recognizes and rewards farmers who do an excellent job of managing their farms in an economically and environmentally sound way that protects and improves Indiana's soil and water resources for future generations.
Vilsack (Invited), Weller, McKinney to Speak at  NACD Summer Soil Health Forum and Tour, July 20-22
The Forum will open with remarks from USDA Chief Tom Vilsack (invited) and also include ISDA Director Ted McKinney. NRCS Chief Jason Weller will give give his thoughts and insights on soil health across the country. Additionally, panels including agriculture industry leaders and nationally-recognized soil health farmers will take place. Read more here.
Indiana SWCD Supervisors and Staff are eligible for a special discount to attend this event. When you register for the event, choose the "IN SWCD Staff and Supervisors" option to save $75! This is only available to the first 133 people that sign up. Online and paper registration options are available at

Deadline to Submit Individual Development Inventories Extended to June 9
The deadline to submit your Individual Development Inventories has been extended until this coming Monday, June 9. Thank you to those of you who have already submitted yours! The Inventory and its accompanying instructions can be downloaded from the ICP website


Thank You, Districts!

Thank  you for supporting your Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts! Counties who have paid their dues for 2014 are recognized on the IASWCD website at


Registration Open for "Leveraging Irrigation to Improve Soil Health"
Don VillwockVillwock Farms is hosting this July 8 field day in Knox County. "Leveraging Irrigation to Improve Soil Health" will focus on both soil health impacts and use of irrigation in soil health systems. The event will provide commodity and specialty crop growers with a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts. Online registration is now available at Read the full news release here.
Indiana's First "Profile in Soil Health"
Soil health leaders Anson Family Farms in Monroe City are the first to be featured on the Indiana NRCS Soil Health webpage. In the Profile in Soil Health, Mark Anson says "We are blessed in southwest Indiana with great soil. We're also blessed with huge technological advancements in equipment, management systems, seeds, chemical and much more. It's a choice that every farmer is faced with - do I farm the way my grandfathers farmed or do I use the God given abilities to change to be in harmony with Mother Nature. We're choosing to leave our soil in a healthier state than we received from our forefathers." Read and download the full Profile here
If you would like to suggest a farmer for a Profile in Soil Health, email Becky Fletcher, NRCS. 
Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices

CCSI's Dan Towery and Purdue's Linda Prokopy co-wrote a new Purdue Extension publication entitled "Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices." In the publication, Dan provides a practitioner's view while Linda provides that of a research. Reading through the short publication may give you a new outlook on how producers decide to adopt conservation practices.


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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Informational Sessions 

RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Through RCPP, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.  Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved.


Four informational meetings will take place in Indiana. Download the flyer for details.


NRCS Provides Assistance For Agricultural Producers To Improve Water Quality

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide $940,000 in assistance to Indiana farmers in three priority watersheds who voluntarily make improvements to their land to improve water quality. Eligible landowners will receive assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for installing conservation systems that help avoid, trap and control run-off in these high-priority watersheds. Practices include nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, and others. All applications for funding consideration, during this fiscal year, must be received by June 20, 2014. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. 
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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!
June 6:
- Conservation in the City, Hoosier SWCS Summer Meeting

June 7:
- Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Birding Day

June 9:
- Septic & Well Workshop, Marion County

June 10:
- RCPP Info Session
- Webinar: Soil Quality: Can't have health without quality, with Mike Kucera
- Webinar: Managing for Soil Health in the Piedmont Area of the Southeast -  A Farmer's Perspective

June 13:
River Friendly Farmer applications due

June 16 - 17:
Farm Management Tour, presented by Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics

June 17:
- Two-Stage Ditch and Bioreactor Field Day

June 19:
NACD Webinar: LowImpact Development 

July 12:
- District Showcase applications due

September 9:
- Friend of Conservation Award applications due
- Supervisor of the Year Award applications due

CCSI Events
July 8
Villwock Farms, Knox County

August 26
Save the Date
Field Day at Wenning Farms, Decatur County


Other News
Low-Impact Development (LID) Subject of June 19 NACD Webinar
Two conservation districts will share Low Impact Development (LID) activities and perspectives. LID is an approach to land development or re-development that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. The webinar will take place at noon on June 19. To register, email Deb Bogar
Indiana Watersheds Webinar Series
This month's webinars include Nitrate Monitoring and Climate Change. Both webinars will take place from noon - 1pm Eastern. To join the webinar, log in as a guest.
  • June 11: Real-time Nitrate Monitoring in Streams and Rivers, with presenter Tim Lathrop
  • June 18: What We Do and Don't Know About Climate Change and How It Will Affect Indiana's Watersheds, with presenter Otto Doering
GrantStation & Current Funding Opportunities


View the latest GrantStation on the IASWCD website. Several other current grants are also posted there.
Job Board
Watershed Coordinator - Huntington Co. SWCD
The Huntington County SWCD is seeking to replace the Watershed Coordinator for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed. Read the job description here.
Part Time Soil Technician - Warrick & Pike County SWCDs
Email Erica Burkemper-Fischer for more information.