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.

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Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501

 Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3  Email:

Fax: 855-458-8769

 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays 



Our Mission:

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.

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Workshop Offered

The Daviess County, Knox County, and Martin County SWCDs are partnering with CCSI, ISDA, NRCS and Purdue Extension to bring you this important  workshop - Soil Health: Weed Control, Cover Crops and Beyond. Click here for brochure and map.

Date: December 4, 2014  9:00 am - 2:30 pm.    Location: Washington Community Building, Eastside Park    Cost: $5.00 (includes catered lunch)  PARP credits are available for an additional, separate $10 fee. CCA and CEUs have been requested.

Register Online Here.  Or you may register by calling the Daviess County SWCD Office, 812-254-4780 ext. 3


Deadline for EQIP Applications

Indianapolis, IN October 17, 2014— Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that December 19, 2014 will be the application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Indiana.

Many applicants have shown interest in EQIP to help them improve soil health and address soil erosion, air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and other resource concerns on cropland, forestland, pastureland, and livestock areas. In addition to conservation practices like cover crops, no-till, manure storage structures, and fencing, EQIP provides funding for the development of plans, such as Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, Grazing Plans, Drainage Water Management Plans, and others.

There are several EQIP initiatives included in the signup, where NRCS sets aside financial assistance for specific practices and producers. Examples include practices that improve on-farm energy, assist in the organic transition process, add wildlife habitat, and target certain practices such as seasonal high tunnels.

For more information contact Randy Van Matre, District Conservationist, at 812.254.4780 ext. 3 or stop by the USDA Service Center at 2526 E. National Hwy, Washington, IN.

Strategies for Weed Management

The Daviess County SWCD encourages producers to minimize tillage for the benefit of the soil and environment. Maximizing success with no-till farming systems includes good weed management, which starts with proper scouting.  Then take a look at this strategy to improve soil health in a midwest corn-soybean cropping system where herbicide resistant weeds are present.

Weed Identification

Fall Scouting and Treatment of Invasive and Herbicide Resistant Weeds

A Strategy to Improve Soil Health in a Midwest Corn-Soybean Cropping System Where Herbicide Resistant Weeds are Present


Cover Crops

There was a tremendous response for the District's Cover Crop cost-share program! Applications for this year's program are closed, but please contact Kevin Allison at the SWCD office, 812-254-4780 ext. 113 if you are interested in learning more about cover crops.


Learn more about the benefits of cover crops...

Jamie Scott of Pierceton, Indiana talks Cover Crops

Farmer Dave Brandt on the use of cover crops

Terminating Cover Crops for Maximum Benefits – Mike Plumer

Rain Barrel Sale 

The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale. Rain Barrel: $65.00 + tax. Rain Barrel with a downspout diverter: $75.00 + tax. Click here for order form.


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Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Natural Resources...

...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.

Indiana Conservation Answer Guide



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