Conservation Update
July 1 - July 15, 2015 
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Annual Awards

District Showcase Applications Deadline is July 30

Your SWCD could be recognized with a visit from ICP Leaders and at the Annual Awards ceremony.

The deadline for District Showcase applications is quickly approaching. Please submit your materials via email to [email protected] by July 30 for consideration for this year's District Showcase.

Indiana's District Showcase Award is designed to highlight the success of four local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The award focus allows Districts the opportunity to share new project ideas or better ways to design and implement existing conservation projects, etc.  

For more information on the application process and to download the form, please visit the IASWCD website.
Annual Conference

Welcome Back to Our Returning Sponsors! 


Thank you to our returning sponsors for helping to provide for an exciting Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Each year, our generous sponsors help to support the Annual Conference of SWCDs, which helps us to provide education and networking opportunities, entertainment, meals, and more at the Indianapolis Marriott downtown. 

Sponsorships are now available for the 2016 Annual Conference, and we would like to thank and recognize those returning sponsors who have already committed to joining us again this year.

Thank you!
  • Saddle Butte Ag
  • Indiana Corn Marketing Council/Indiana Soybean Alliance
  • KB Seed
  • POET Biorefining
  • Agroliquid Fertilizer
  • Ceres Solutions, LLP
  • The CISCO Companies/N-Vest
  • Halderman Farm Management & Real Estate Services
  • Applegate's Seed House
Statewide News

2015 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project 




The 2015 Pesticide Clean Sweep Project sponsored by the Indiana State Chemist's Office that will be going on in various counties across Indiana in August. This is a great way for people (private, farmers, ag dealers, schools, nurseries, golf courses, cities, towns, municipalities and county units of government or others)  to dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (free up to 250 pounds per participant).  Those wanting to participate are required to complete and submit a planning form by mail, e-mail or fax by Monday, July 30, 2015 to Kevin Neal. 
For more information and mailing address/fax refer to this information document.
The drop off time is 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (local time) and the dates and locations are:


August 18, 2015: Miami County Fairgrounds in Peru, IN
August 19, 2015: Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, IN
August 20, 2015: Randolph County Fairgrounds in Winchester, IN
August 26, 2015: Decatur County Fairgrounds in Greensburg, IN
August 27, 2015: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, IN


See the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) website to download the planning form.  The planning form has a submission deadline of 7/30/15 to participate.

August Supervisor Summit

You're invited to the 2015 Supervisor Summit! The event will take place on August 25 in Danville. Visit the registration page for more information and to sign up, or download the event flyer.

District Spotlight 

Posey County Selected to Participate in Mississippi River Basin Hypoxia Case Study


Big Creek Watershed in Posey County has been selected to be one of three watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin for a case study of conservation farming practices.  The other two watersheds are located in Iowa and Texas.  Posey County was selected because of the unique wildlife habitat opportunities found at the confluences of two major rivers.  The case studies are being conducted through a partnership with Purdue University, Oregon State University and the UnitedStates Geological Survey.  The case study is being conducted by Dr. Linda Prokopy, Dr. Mike Dunn, and Dr. Silvestre Garcia de Jalon of Purdue University Natural Resources and Social Science Lab and Dr. Nick Babin, Taylor University Earth and Environmental Science.   The Posey County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been partnering in this project by helping supply the researchers with names of local producers for the interviews. 

The main goals of this project are to identify the benefits and barriers to specific conservation practices and the motivation behind why producers adopt those practices.  The interviewers also address extreme weather conditions and how future predications of changing climates impact a producer's decision to implement conservation practices. 


In addition to being part of a nationwide study, the Posey County SWCD will receive a report of the findings.  The report will be used to help identify the type of cost-share assistance and education the Posey County producers are interested in receiving.  The findings will also help the conservation staff identify some of the barriers producers face when adopting conservation.  

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Soils Essay Contest

2015 is the International Year of Soils, so in celebration of one of our most important natural resources, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Lexicon of Sustainability are hosting the Voices of Soil Essay and Video Contest for young farmers, agricultural students, or any young person who appreciates the value of healthy soil.


Visit their website for more information and to submit your essay!

Support IASWCD

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Job Openings

Please email job descriptions, instructions for applying, and a deadline in a single PDF file to [email protected] to be included.

District Coordinator - Dearborn County SWCD