Hoosier Chapter SWCS Annual Meeting

Culture, Climate and Conservation 

November 16, 9 am – 3pm

Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana


Dr. Walter Lowdermilk’s study “Conquest of the Land through 7,000 Years” provides a significant historical linkage to the importance of soil health today. Culture greatly impacts agricultural and conservation practices and our ability to sustain natural resources. Additional pressures such as extreme weather events, a growing population and less farmable land means that taking proper care of the soil is as critical as it is age-old and wise.

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The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science based conservation practices, programs, and policy. 

The Hoosier State Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is the Indiana branch of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. As a nonprofit organization, we are involved in scientific research and educational outreach. We work with academics institutions, landowners, communities and government bodies to achieve the following main objectives:

  • Enhance the capabilities of conservationists through training and professional development.

  • Promote and advance the science of good land use, water use and management

  • Promote the conservation of all natural resources.

For more information about the Hoosier Chapter and the Soil & Water Conservation Society contact:

Harold Thompson, harold.thompson58@sbcglobal.net


The Chapter Development and Administration Committee has completed the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. This plan is very important as it is used to direct the chapter’s budget and plan of work for the next five years.

2016-2020 Strategic Plan 


Science of Soil

Joel Brown, National Ecological Site Team Leader, recently worked with the New Mexico State University Soil and Environmental Science Department and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a Hispanic Serving Institution grant to develop a series of videos.  The videos are intended to attract and retain undergraduate students to soil science.  The five videos can be found at http://scienceofsoil.org/