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.
The Daviess County SWCD has a limited quantity of FREE pollinator seed mix packets available! Did you know that every third bite of food we eat is due to pollinators? It's true! Honey bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators help grow our food, keep our flowers blooming and make our lands healthy. However, for many reasons, including lack of habitat, pollinators are struggling. One of the best ways to help increase populations of bees and other pollinators is to plant more habitat! Fall is an ideal time to plant wildflower seeds, but the seeds can also be sown in the spring. By planting these seeds, you can be part of a nationwide effort to provide habitat for our pollinators, in turn protecting the health of our nation's food security, and keeping our bees, butterflies and birds flying. Whether it's a small garden plot, or a large wildflower meadow, you can be a part of this important conservation effort. Pick up your FREE packet of seeds today at the SWCD office! Limit 2 packets per person please. (One packet can plant an area up to 100 square feet.)
The Daviess County SWCD hosted its 19th annual Fourth Grade Farm Fair on September 11, 2015 at the 4H fairgrounds in Washington. During this annual field day, 391 students guided by 42 teachers and parents rotated through 17 different learning stations staffed by local and area experts. Students learned about crops and livestock grown and raised locally, as well as other topics ranging from bees to veterinary care. Some of the stations featured livestock, and for many students, this was their first opportunity to see these animals up close. Those attending the Farm Fair also enjoyed a special demonstration on dog obedience and agility, given by Andrea Bauer of A-1 K-9, Kurt Bauer, and Kensay Mott, 4H dog club leader. The enthusiastic audience applauded the skills of Piper, a Yorkshire Terrier, Roper, an Australian Shepard and former Indiana State Fair Agility Champion, and Daphne, a Champion Rottweiler. Many thanks to all of the hard working volunteers who made the Farm Fair possible! The SWCD would also like to thank the following for their support of the Farm Fair: Purdue Extension, Farm Bureau Inc, Prairie Farms, Hoefling Truck and Tractor, Washington Parks & Recreation Department, NRCS, ISDA, and the City of Washington. Check out all the photos in our photo gallery!
Cover crops aren't just for big farms - the same soil-building benefits of cover crops can also be applied to your backyard garden. Now is the time to think about planting cover crops in your garden. The Daviess County SWCD has a premium garden cover crop seed mix available for $10.00/bag (tax included in price). The 2.5 pound bag will seed up to 1,000 square feet of garden. The seed mix contains oats, nitro radish and crimson clover.
See this page for some info on cover crops for home gardens: https://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=september_cover
Need more information? Contact the SWCD office, 812-254-4780 ext. 3
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced recently that farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new 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
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.
GovDelivery is helping NRCS improve communication. People can now sign up to receive notifications through emails or texts. A person signs up (or subscribes) to receive messages about certain topics, for example, Farm Bill Programs, soils, engineering or grazing. After subscribing, they will begin to receive any updates on their topics of choice. Getting the correct information in a timely fashion is important to our customers and partners. Please follow this link to subscribe to GovDelivery.
...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.