Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District

Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District The Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District is a governmental subdivision of the state of Indiana. It is responsible for carrying out practices and programs that promote the conservation of our soil, water, and other natural resources within the co
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What are Soil and Water Conservation Districts? SWCDs, or Districts, are local units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Indiana has 92 Districts – one for each county. They work closely with other forms of local, regional, state and Federal government, private nonprofits, and educational institutions to provide a high level of conservation service to private landowners. They work to promote the wise use, development, and conservation of our state’s soil, water, and related resources in ways that are relevant to their unique localites. Districts fill a unique and crucial role in conservation and stewardship: that of providing soil and water conservation expertise and services to private landowners. Ninety-six percent of Indiana’s land is privately owned. Land use varies from agriculture, productive forests, bodies of water, and urban or industrial use. Regardless of ownership, all lands are interconnected. Responsible and wise management of these private lands is key to Hoosiers’ quality of life. Indiana Districts are closely tied to their communities and are governed by a board of local representatives, called “Supervisors,” who value land stewardship, soil health, and water quality. They also rely on the enthusiasm and involvement of over 450 volunteer conservationists statewide. Hoosiers have trusted their local Districts for over 70 years. Contact your local District for more information! Facts:

SWCDs are subdivisions of state government under the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Division of Soil Conservation. They receive funding from a variety of sources, primarily Clean Water Indiana. You can view the amount and sources of conservation funding in each Indiana county. Districts in each county are led by a 5-member board of supervisors, 3 elected and 2 appointed positions. SWCDs determine and address natural resource needs in their counties. In this way, they work closely with local landowners and residents. You can get involved with your local District as a Supervisor, Associate Supervisor, or volunteer. Indiana's 92 SWCDs fund and provide leadership for IASWCD, their state association. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 1968, the IASWCD operates from Indianapolis. It provides legislative leadership, and fundraising, development, and training opportunities to its districts. IASWCD is governed by a board of representative county supervisors from across the state. IASWCD staff information can be found here.

Plan cover crops field by field
04/01/2020
Plan cover crops field by field

Plan cover crops field by field

Researcher finds you may want to alter cover crop plans based on drainage and other factors.

What to Expect from Prevent Plant Fields
03/31/2020
What to Expect from Prevent Plant Fields

What to Expect from Prevent Plant Fields

What to Expect from Prevent Plant Fields by Lindsey Benne | Read more Regional News about Agriculture and Crop Production on AgWeb.

"If you want to make small changes, change the way you do things. If you want to make MAJOR changes, change the way you ...
03/27/2020
Keynote Address: Gabe Brown (Farming for the Future 2020) | Van Buren Conservation District

"If you want to make small changes, change the way you do things. If you want to make MAJOR changes, change the way you see things" - Don Campbell via Gabe Brown

Turn off depressing grain market news! It's wet & field conditions are pretty limited right now making for a premium time to work on equipment in your shop and listen to something inspiring. The pics are great too but 100% worth the listen

https://vanburencd.org/gabe-brown/

Keynote Address: Gabe Brown (Farming for the Future 2020) Posted on March 16, 2020 by Erin Fuller in Agriculture, Announcements, Conservation Practices, Events No Comments Regenerative Agriculture and Cover Crops were Highlights of Annual Farming Conference LAWRENCE, MI – Over 230 local agricultur...

03/25/2020

ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 26, 2020 (snow date) 6:00 pm CST Via Teleconference Call DUE TO COVID 19/CORONAVIRUS
To attend dial (978)-990-5000
When asked Access code 102529 followed by the # key
Then announce you are there
AGENDA
WELCOME
ROLL CALL
ELECTION
FINANCIAL REPORT
ADJOURN
THANK YOU for your patience during this time

The participants in this study agreed to plant strips of cereal rye as a #covercrop on their corn and soybean fields, le...
03/25/2020
A Decade-Long Study Finds Cover Crops Help Farmers Improve Soil

The participants in this study agreed to plant strips of cereal rye as a #covercrop on their corn and soybean fields, leaving neighboring areas without it. Liz Ripley, conservation and cover crop outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms says the results were so positive that some of the participants bowed out after just five years to plant the cereal rye across their whole fields. #soilhealth

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa conducted a 10-year study on the conservation benefits of planting cereal rye as a cover crop on corn and

03/18/2020

With Heartfelt Regret we are CANCELING our Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District's Annual meeting.
THURSDAY ~ MARCH 19TH
Due to the Coronavirus
There will be refunds
We are CANCELING the meeting at our office on
THURSDAY ~ MARCH 26TH @ 6:00 P.M. CST
Due to the Closure of the Lake County Government Buildings.
Which includes our office.

Any questions
Call 219-663-7042
M-F 8:30 till 12:30

The Indiana Water Resources Center (IWRRC) officially launched the State of Indiana Waters website. The website provides...
03/12/2020
Indiana Water Resources – Indiana Water Resources Research Center

The Indiana Water Resources Center (IWRRC) officially launched the State of Indiana Waters website. The website provides a single source of information for the general public regarding the status of Indiana’s water resources including ground and surface waters.

The State of Indiana Waters Are you curious about the status of water throughout the state of Indiana? Here you will find information related to the quantity and distribution of Indiana ground and surface waters, including links to various agencies that run real-time data acquisition as well as floo...

4 ways cover crops protect natural resources
03/12/2020
4 ways cover crops protect natural resources

4 ways cover crops protect natural resources

SALEM, Ore. -- As we look back through the last 12 months, it is safe to say 2019 was a trying time for most agricultural...

03/07/2020
Invasive Species 101 | National Geographic

Invasive Species 101 | National Geographic

Invasive species cost the global economy over a trillion dollars each year. Find out how these non-native organisms are introduced into an ecosystem, how the...

03/07/2020
Invasive Species: The Basics

On Land or in Water there are many things for us to learn about Invasives ~

What are Invasive Species? An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy...

Getting started on #soilhealth doesn’t have to be complicated according to Lee Briese, a crop consultant for Centrol Inc...
03/06/2020
Improve your soil health with these simple first steps

Getting started on #soilhealth doesn’t have to be complicated according to Lee Briese, a crop consultant for Centrol Inc. of Twin Valley, Minn., who works out of Edgeley, N.D. Briese spoke at the recent South Dakota Soil Health Summit.

“Start where you are,” states Briese. “There are no rules. And you don’t have to do it all at once.”

Soil health practices can sound intimidating, but you can ease into it and add as you go.

"The water flowing out of the pipes that drained precipitation from the fields fell by about half, and the nitrates flow...
03/06/2020
How do we fix America’s fertilizer problem? Look in this ditch.

"The water flowing out of the pipes that drained precipitation from the fields fell by about half, and the nitrates flowing out of those pipes fell between 80 and 50 percent, depending on the year."

Cover crops and two-stage ditches showing incredible success for both farmers, flood storage, and water quality in an incredible effort lead by our partners in Kosciusko and Jasper Counties. Seriously great work by everyone involved!
#farming #indiana #covercrops #water
https://grist.org/food/how-do-we-fix-americas-fertilizer-problem-look-in-this-ditch/

Indiana farmers have managed to clean up their pollution. Here’s how they did it.

New, free online resources available for young farmers
02/18/2020
New, free online resources available for young farmers

New, free online resources available for young farmers

HUDSON, N.Y. -- The National Young Farmers Coalition, in partnership with the Local Food Safety Collaborative and with funding from the FDA, introduces a brand new produce safety resource, “A...

What’s the key to educating and facilitating greater adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality and s...
02/18/2020
Involvement in collaborative projects and partnerships is the key to making an impact in soil health in Indiana - North Central Region Water Network

What’s the key to educating and facilitating greater adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health? According to Purdue University professor Eileen J. Kladivko, it is collaboration and partnership. #waterquality #soilhealth

tweetshareemailWhat’s the key to educating and facilitating greater adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health? According to Purdue University professor Eileen J. Kladivko, it is collaboration and partnership. Eileen is a teacher,Read More...

Since its launch, the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) has:~Helped producers implement conse...
02/17/2020
$56M will help farmers improve water quality

Since its launch, the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) has:

~Helped producers implement conservation on nearly 1.5 million acres
~Reduced sediment loss by 2.1 million tons
~Reduced phosphorous loss by 4.1 million pounds
~Reduced nitrogen loss by 16 million pounds.

This investment will help agricultural producers continue to improve #waterquality in more than 300 high-priority watersheds across the country.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $56 million this year to help agricultural producers improve water quality in more than 300...

02/11/2020
National Association of Conservation Districts

National Association of Conservation Districts

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards.

SUPPORT ILLINOIS RESIDENTS IN THEIR EVER PRESENT EFFORTS TO WORK WITH THE KYRBDC Kankakee Yellow River Basin Development...
02/08/2020
Locals asked to protect river — with wallets | News Break

SUPPORT ILLINOIS RESIDENTS IN THEIR EVER PRESENT EFFORTS TO WORK WITH THE KYRBDC Kankakee Yellow River Basin Development Commission ~ all of us together can do great things.
From upstream to downstream it's all the same.
What they can do in Illinois affects us and what we do in Indiana affects them.

In an effort to greatly expand the district charged with protecting the Kankakee River, a large percentage of county voters residing less than a mile from the river’s banks, will be asked to tax themselves.

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2291 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN
46307

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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(219) 663-7042

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This is a memory from 2 years ago today ~ The opening of our New Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Crown Point. Along with The Purdue Extension.
From Boone County. Great job by all of the partners who came together on these plots and field day(s).
This training was developed to provide a connection between traditional soils science courses and soil health concepts. It is designed for those who have not taken soils science courses and/or have not attended Core Cover Crops/Core Soil Health Systems Trainings. Speakers include: Dr. John Graveel, Purdue University Dr. Jason Ackerson, Purdue University Dr. Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University and Joe Rorick, CCSI Conservation Agronomist 8:30 Registration 9:00 Understanding the Inherent and Dynamic Properties of Soils (break included) 12:30 Working Lunch How Soil Health relates to other state programs Evolving public perception of soil health 1:15 Use of Conservation Cropping Systems to Improve Soil Health 2:15 Soil Health Indicators:  Earthworms and agricultural soils  How soil health is assessed  Simple and research-level measurements 3:15 Evaluations and Wrap-up 3:30 Conclude Register by January 31st For more information or questions, contact: Trisha McClain, [email protected] / 937.479.5601
GOOD NEWS FROM THE MOST HAPPY PLACE ON EARTH!!! Disney just purchased over 900 acres of land! But why? Until Disney bought the land, the plan for the property was to build 3,000 homes and nearly 400,000 square feet of commercial and office space. Disney didn't give specifics, but a spokesperson said not to expect another theme park. "This parcel will be used for conservation-related and water management needs," ♻️🌊🌴 Well done Disney!! #LandConservation #WaterConservation #Disney
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