Hoosier Chapter Professional Development Summer Meeting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hayes Arboretum

801 Elks Road, Richmond, IN 47374

9:00 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m. )


Water Quality TradingWater quality trading is an innovative market-based approach to achieving water quality goals for the reduction of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen through programs that allow permitted emitters to purchase nutrient reductions from another source. Find out what farmers are doing to earn conservation credits in southeast Indiana.

Drainage Water Management—Producers know there is either too much water or not enough. They are looking for ways to control water; to fine-tune water delivery on their terms. DWM practices manage the timing and amount of water discharged from agricultural drainage systems and can reduce excess nutrients—nitrates and phosphorous—that ultimately enter creeks and streams through tile drain water and negatively impact the environment.

Speakers include Jessica Fox, Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Brian Brandt, Director, Agricultural Conservation Innovations Center, American Farmland Trust; Nathan Utt, Lead Engineer, Ecosystems Services Exchange; and Tara Wessler, District Support Specialist, Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Registration Deadline—June 9th Register on-line at eventbrite: http://2015summermeeting.eventbrite.com?s=37295543 or call Angie Garrison at 812-568-6741.

$30 for SWCS members, $15 Students, $15 Retirees/Spouses

(Registrations after June 9, add $10)

For more information about the workshop email Curtis Knueven at curtis.knueven@in.usda.gov.

For directions to Hayes Arboretum, go to https://goo.gl/maps/Rxm6C.

P.S.  Interested in serving on a committee or becoming more involved in the Chapter?  Contact Rafael Vega, President at rafael.vega@in.usda.gov

Click Here for the flyer.


The Chapter Development and Administration Committee is leading an effort to review and update our strategic plan this year. This plan is very important as it is used to direct the chapter’s budget and plan of work for the next five years. The Hoosier Chapter has a strong history of developing and implementing its strategic plan. This is where you, the member, comes in hand. We need a coordinator, to help facilitate the creation of the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. You do not need any prior experience. Now is the time to get involved in the Hoosier Chapter! If interested please let me know by emailing scott.wags@gmail.com

Take a look at our current plan here.


The Hoosier Chapter Professional Development and Annual Business Meeting was held on November 12th at Ball State University.  More information about this meeting can be found on the Past Fall Conferences tab.  


This years $1,000 Conservation Scholarship recipient goes to Ariel Kucera.


Hoosier Chapter Award Winners



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/