The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1941 to provide information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501
Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3 Email: email@example.com
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays
To provide educational, technical and financial assistance to all Daviess County residents in order to maintain a clean and wholesome environment in which to work and live.
Both North Daviess High School and Washington High School sent teams to the South Central Regional Envirothon in Bedford IN on March 8, 2017. The Envirothon is a competition that builds awareness of environmental issues facing our world today. Each year, written tests on four fixed topics (Soils, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, and Forestry) and an annual current issue (Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation and Stewardship) challenge the teams of students (five per team, plus alternate) on their understanding of each topic. There were seven Regional competitions held across the state of Indiana, and the two highest-scoring teams from each Regional advanced to the State Envirothon. There were a total of twenty-four teams competing at the South Central Regional. The team from WHS tied for third place, and the NDHS team placed sixteenth. Kudos to the students and their advisors for all their hard work, and many thanks to the Daviess County SWCD Board of Supervisors for their support of the teams!
North Daviess - Front: Jamie Fish, Megan Nowling.
Back: Heaven York, Cole Roark, Rebekah Ritter, and Torie Clifford.
Not pictured - Advisor Gary Stuckey
Washington - Devin Lett, Tia Webb, Kaeley Morrison, Marcus Thorne, Brady Turner and Solomom Davis
Not pictured - Advisor Elizabeth Schaffer
This photo was taken on Tuesday December 6, 2016, in Southwest Indiana. This field was planted in a cereal rye/tillage radish cover crop mix following corn. To be perfectly honest, it was difficult to find any water running off of this field at all, because nearly all of the rain was soaking into the soil. This photo was taken in an area of the field where three different valleys came together. The estimated drainage area at the location of this photo was about twelve acres, and this was all of the water that was running.
What is the value to you as a producer to have only clear, colorless water running away from your farm during the winter? Healthy soil is the answer. Soil health is essential to long term sustainability of highly productive soil like this. Utilizing winter cover crops like these improves the soil’s ability to absorb rain water and keeps the micro-biology within the soil alive and thriving. There are so many benefits to cover crops with very little downside. If you haven’t experimented with using winter covers yet, you really should. Talk to your local Soil and Water Conservation District office and speak with some of your neighbors that are doing it. There really can be a day when all cropland runoff water is clear and colorless and yields and production remains high.
- Article and photo submitted by Chris Lee, NRCS
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal-state conservation program designed to help alleviate some of the concerns of nonpoint source pollution by restoring buffers and wetlands to improve water quality. CREP participants receive financial incentives and maintain ownership rights to enrolled land. See the flyer below for more information.
The Daviess County SWCD hosted its 20th annual Fourth Grade Farm Fair on September 9, 2016 at the 4H fairgrounds in Washington. The 410 students were accompanied by 44 teachers and parents as they all moved through a series of 17 learning stations. Local and area experts taught the students about crops and livestock grown and raised here in Daviess County, as well as other topics such as ATV safety, soil erosion and making yarn from wool. Most of our dedicated volunteers have been a part of the Farm Fair for many years! Special certificates were displayed at each learning station, recognizing the number of years each volunteer had given their time. Those attending the Farm Fair also enjoyed a special demonstration on dog obedience and agility, given by Andrea Bauer and Kensay Mott of A-1 K-9. They also volunteer with the local 4H dog club.
Each year, the Farm Fair relies on the talents of many volunteers, and also the support from several organizations. This annual event would not be possible without them! The Daviess County SWCD would like to thank the following for their continued support of the Farm Fair: All of the presenters, Purdue Extension, Farm Bureau Inc., Prairie Farms, Hoefling Truck & Tractor, Washington Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Washington, Perdue Farms, supervisors and staff of the Daviess County SWCD, staff of the Daviess/Martin NRCS and FSA, and ISDA staff.
See photos from the day in our photo gallery. Photo credits: David Colbert, Toni Allison and Sally Christie.
The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 50-gallon rain barrels for sale. Barrels are $65.00 + IN sales tax. Contact the SWCD if you are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or print out the order form and mail it with your payment.
Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an online portal. With the launch of the Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. The Conservation Client Gateway is secure and is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to the USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway
...But didn't know who to ask! Whether you have owned your land for a lifetime, or are a new Indiana landowner, you may have questions when it comes to land use and conservation. This is a quick guide for who to call and where to look when you have questions about natural resources and conservation on your land in Indiana.