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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I grew up with black and white television, newspapers, a dial-up party line and the local gas station as the main source of news. Several Saturday afternoons were spent at one particular gas station, with an Uncle that often let me tag along, sitting on a wooden bench in a cigar smoke filled room drinking a cheap glass bottle of Mountain Dew and listening to all the problems of the day being solved.
I still frequent this same location today when possible and the “news” is still flowing even though it is a different crowd and the atmosphere nothing like the past.
Grazing information and technology continues to change even though the basics of “good” grazing management really never did. The means on how we now receive much of this information and news has sprinted fast ahead into almost instant information right at our fingertips. The biggest problem with this growing amount of accessible information is, “what do you believe?” Quite often, I find myself spending time explaining why something won’t work here that was found on the internet somewhere else in the country or world. Just because it was successful in Argentina, doesn’t mean it will work the same here!
How can we keep ourselves up to date with all the latest grazing management trends?
The Annual Meeting of the Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District has been set for Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Washington Community Building, located in Eastside Park. The meeting will begin with a delicious meal catered by M & M Catering. Following the meal, an election for an SWCD Supervisor will be conducted, then the River Friendly Farmer and Conservation Farmer of the Year Awards will be announced. Once District business has been completed, the entertainment portion of the evening will feature the amazing talents of Daniel Cullen, Magician/Mentalist. Tickets for the evening are on sale for $8.00 per person, and may be purchased from District Supervisors Philip Flint, Todd Allison, Marvin Holstine, Rob Sullender or Steve Halter. Tickets are also available at the Daviess County SWCD office, 2526 East National Hwy. Advance ticket sales only - no tickets will be sold at the door. Questions? Call 812-254-4780 ext. 3.
Each spring, members of Indiana's Conservation Partnership (ICP) conduct a field survey known as a tillage transect. Each county participates in this on-the-ground survey that identifies the types of tillage systems the farmers are using. The 2015 Spring tillage and cover crop transect shows Hoosier farmers continue the trend of plowing less and using sound conservation practices that preserve and builds valuable topsoil. Indiana continues to be a national leader in acres of cover crops planted! Read the full article and see the transect data using this link: Cover Crop and Tillage Transect Data
The date for the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference is fast approaching! The SIGC planning committee has been hard at work making sure this year's conference will be one you won't want to miss. There's still time to register at the reduced, early registration rate. You can find registration information and the agenda here on our website by clicking the SIGC menu tab.
How would you like to chat with our speakers in a small group? There are still a few spots open for our Meet & Greet on the evening of March 1, 2016. Sit down with Allan Nation, Doug Peterson and Wesley Tucker for a delicious Amish meal and talk with them about your specific grazing questions. Please call the SWCD office, 812-254-4780 ext. 3 to confirm availability and register (there is a separate fee for this dinner). The Meet & Greet is limited to 25 people.
|Mon Feb 15 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
The USDA Service Center will be closed for Presidents' Day
|Fri Feb 19 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM|
Pre-registration Deadline for SIGC
|Thu Feb 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM|
SWCD Annual Meeting
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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...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.