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Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Pro-gram (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Re-sources Conservation Service (NRCS). Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that December 15, 2017 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana. “While we take EQIP applications throughout the year, applications received after December 15th will be considered in future announced application rounds. I encourage producers with resource concerns on their land to submit an application by the deadline,” Hardisty explains. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural [...]
Erosion Control for Winter Construction By Cheyenne Hoffa, Resource Conservationist Controlling erosion and sediment on construction sites is a year-round battle. With winter right around the corner, the snow and ice that is to come will give the soil on site a break from active construction and rainfall. Once spring rolls around, you will be sure to see many of the erosion control practices in place failing due to snow and ice melt, which can produce high volumes of runoff. Be proactive by identifying areas that will be subject to concentrated flow during snow melt or winter rains. [...]
The Marion County SWCD is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa! Cheyenne recently graduated from Purdue University. She will be leading our Stormwater Pollution Prevention program which includes inspecting construction sites for erosion control. She can be reached by sending a request through our contact page, or by emailing her directly via our staff page. You can learn more about Cheyenne in our latest newsletter!
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Marion County SWCD Annual Meeting & Dinner Tuesday, February 20th, 3:30 p.m. John Boner Neighborhood Center 2236 E. 10th Street Please plan to join us on Tuesday, February 20th as we celebrate 48 years of conservation in Marion County! Come meet our new Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa; hear about the great strides that have been made by our Soil Health Program staff and learn something new from our informative guest speakers. Our guest speaker will be Laura Henderson from Big Green. Dinner will be served after the meeting. This event is free but please RSVP by February 15th. RSVP [...]
In 2017, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library. The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit libraries and parks. At libraries across Indiana, 240 state park passes have been placed in circulation for check-out. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. The program is one way Indiana [...]
The Marion County SWCD invites you to join fellow growers for nutrient management training and discussion led by Nathan Boone of Boone Family Farms and Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm. Learning objectives include soil and crop suitability, soil testing, nutrient budgeting, fertility, crop rotation and cover crops, compost, manure, soil amendments and fertilizers, all backed by years of on-farm practical experience with considerations for sourcing, time management, cost and benefits. When: Thursday, November 30th Time: 9am - 2pm Where: John H. Boner Community Center, 2236 E. 10th Street in Indianapolis. DETAILS 9:00am - 9:20 Coffee and Registration 9:20 [...]