Conservation Update
November 6 - November 18, 2014 
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Annual Conference News

Early Bird Registration Ends December 1
If you haven't registered yet for the 2015 Indiana SWCDs Annual Conference, sign up by December 1 to take advantage of early bird rates. You can still sign up after this date, but rates will go up. Register using the paper form or the registration site.

Annual Conference is a great opportunity for networking with other SWCD and partnership staff and learning about new topics. The workshops planned address topics ranging from Cooperative Weed Management Areas to Working with Small Farms to Soil Health & Climate Change...among many more! There is something to interest everyone at the 2015 Annual Conference. We hope you can join us!
Sponsor Spotlight
KB Seed Solutions is our Tote Bag Sponsor for the 2015 Annual Conference. KB Seed Solutions can be found online at

The IASWCD thanks Advanced Ag Resources for their Keynote Speaker sponsorship. Advanced Ag Resources is online at 


Brodbeck Seeds is our 2015 Annual Conference Welcome Reception sponsor. Brodbeck Seeds can be found at
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Got Nature?
Do you have questions about anything in nature ranging from wildlife to Christmas trees to bats? Purdue University's Got Nature? blog has an answer for you! Check out their seasonal blog posts on many natural resource and forestry related topics.

Nominations Sought for Beck's Beyond the Fence Awards

Do you know someone whose outstanding work has had a positive impact on agriculture? Perhaps a farmer, an ag teacher, or a friend? Beck's Hybrids has teamed up with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association to honor these individuals. The Beck's Hybrids Beyond the Fence Awards will recognize four individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture and their community. Nominate an outstanding individual by visiting the Indiana Soybean Alliance website and downloading an application.

Annual Hub Teams Meeting December 3
CCSI will host its annual Hub Teams meeting on December 3 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville. This meeting is for everyone who has been involved with the CCSI project over the past year.  It is designed for all who have been pulling samples, coordinating workshops, hub team members, CCSI farmers, and mentors. Check out the Eventbrite page to sign up.

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CCA Conference in Indianapolis 
December 16 and 17

The Indiana CCA Conference is an excellent opportunity for earning continuing education units and networking with other CCAs. The two-day program is packed with presentations. There are four to five concurrent sessions each hour. Each day the morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon giving you plenty of opportunity to hear the talks of interest. The program features leaders from Indiana agriculture as well as speakers from other parts of the country. The program is designed to allow CCAs to earn up to 16 CEUs during the two days.  More information is available here.

CTIC Cover Crop Workshop December 9
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The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), partnered with Purdue University, invites you to their first free workshop for the Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops project.

This workshop is intended to appeal to producers with a range of experience with cover crops, whether they have used them for many years, for just a few years, or are considering using them in the future. More information is available by downloading the event flyer.

CTIC Cover Crop Survey Report

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey, which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), also details the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops, data on the costs of seed and establishment, and insight into how farmers learn to manage cover crops. You can access the full report here.
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Upcoming Deadlines 

December 1:
- Register for Annual Conference

January 2:
- Register your district's delegate and alternate for the Annual Business Meeting

 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!

November 24:

December 2:

December 2:
- Save the date for N-NW and S-NW Regions SWCD Fall Region Meeting 

CCSI Events
Job Openings

In addition to this section of our newsletter, we now have a new page on the IASWCD website where job opportunities with Districts can be posted. Please email job descriptions, instructions for applying, and a deadline in one PDF to [email protected] to have it posted on the website.

Midwest Cover Crops Council - Program Manager
Apply online here.

Washington County - Watershed Coordinator
Find a complete job description click here. Additional instructions are included here.

Marion County - Urban Soils Health Specialist
You can download the job description and instructions here.

Jasper County - District Administrator/Treasurer
You can find the job description and details here.
GrantStation & Current Funding Opportunities


View the latest GrantStation on the IASWCD website. Several other current grants are also posted there.