Conservation Update
January 29 - February 11, 2015 
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Conservation News

Conservation Stewardship Program Funds

Do you work with a producer or forest landowner who already practices conservation on their land, but would like to do more? Are you a landowner who wants to take additional steps to improve the resources on your land?

The USDA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is now accepting applications, and $100 million will be made available this year. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the list of conservation activities that are included in the CSP program such as cover crops, rotational grazing, and wildlife-friendly fencing.

Those who are interested are encouraged to apply by February 27, 2015 to be considered for funding for 2015 (although you can apply at any time throughout the year). You can take the CSP self-screening test online to determine if the program is right for you. Then, submit your application to your local USDA-NRCS office.

District Spotlight

As part of a periodic series, we are highlighting interesting and successful projects from the districts in the Conservation Update. Send your story idea from your district to [email protected].

The Dubois County SWCD has been working since 2012 on a lasting partnership with the Vincennes University Jasper Campus (VUJC), the VUJC Land Stewardship Initiative. The partnership aims to demonstrate and promote sustainable land use on the campus in a variety of settings including crop fields, prairies, and forests.


The three main goals guiding the project are: improving natural resources, ensuring ongoing programming, and developing a demonstration and education center. They started by focusing their first two years on establishing their organization, implementing conservation practices, and conducting tests of their practices' results. Then, they began to seek out business partners and sponsors as well as community partners. 


The Dubois SWCD and the VUJC Land Stewardship Initiative look forward to continued growth in the coming years by relying on their diverse partnerships and community participation.

Soil Health News

CCSI/SARE Trainings

CCSI and SARE have teamed up to offer Advanced Conservation Cropping Systems and Advanced Cover Crops training again this spring. If you are an ICP employee who works with producers and provides guidance on conservation practices, this is a great refresher course or way to increase your understanding of the most up to date information on soil health.

Registration is now open for Advanced Conservation Cropping Systems in two locations: Southeast (March 10) and Southwest (March 11).

Registration will be open once agendas are finalized for Advanced Cover Crops (April 8 and 9), but topics and location details are available now.

Great Soil Health Info for District Social Media Posts

If you're looking for interesting multimedia to share on your district's Twitter or Facebook page, check out this new radio ad and other great resources from USDA-NRCS to interest and inform your followers about soil health. As part of the "Unlock the Secrets in the Soil" awareness and education campaign, USDA-NRCS is releasing public service radio spots, visual graphics, and more throughout the year, to entertain and educate followers about the living soil and four agronomic principles to keep it healthy.
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District News

March Region Meetings

Dates and locations have been announced for March region meetings. Basic details are below; online registration and a full agenda are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, March 3
Laura Fribley
Jennings Co. Education Center

Tuesday, March 17
Geneva Tyler
Delphi United Methodist Church

Thursday, March 19
Nathan Stoelting
Otterbein Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 25
Jennifer Thum
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Upcoming Events

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February 12

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.

CCSI - Agronomist
Apply online at the Purdue Careers site. More details are available here, but you must apply through the Purdue website to be considered.

Johnson County - Ag Resource Specialist
Download the description here.

Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation - Outreach & Marketing Specialist
Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Jasper County - District Administrative Assistant
Download the description and application.

Apply online here. This is a paid internship.

Apply online here. This is a paid internship.
GrantStation & Current Funding Opportunities


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