Programs

InField Advantage

INfield Advantage provides you the opportunity to gather and analyze personalized, field-specific data.

Program tools:

  • Corn stalk nitrate testing (CSNT): Determine nitrogen use efficiency at the end of the growing period
  • Aerial imagery: Observe fields from above to discover possible issues, including soil compaction and equipment malfunctions
  • Replicated strip trials (RST): Compare different rates, forms, timing and placement of crop nutrients within a single field to evaluate nutrient efficiency and associated yield

Visit the Website at http://www.infieldadvantage.org for more information

Women4theLand

Women4theLand (W4L) is a partnership of agricultural and natural resource conservation agencies and organizations working together to provide information, networking, education and resources to Indiana women landowners and farmers.

Our objective is to empower women to make good science-based land use and land management decisions that lead to more viable communities and stronger farm enterprises while improving and sustaining the quality of our natural resources.

W4L uses the learning circle model to provide information in a comfortable, informal setting where women learn from professional conservationists as well as from each other. The meetings are facilitated in a way that builds knowledge and confidence. Participants are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than simple listen to a presentation.

W4L provides education and information about conservation management practices, new technology, communicating effectively with tenants, financial assistance programs, where to find assistance and more.

Our participants include beginning or established farmers, experienced landowners with several tenant farmers or new to management. They represent all types of farming from traditional crops to organic to livestock to truck crops to forestland. Everyone is welcome.

Regardless of their background, these women all share a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability and conservation learning circles help them translate their values into action.

Check our our “Events” section for details on upcoming Women’s Learning Circle opportunities.

SWCD Poster Contest

Each year the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) sponsors a national poster contest connected to their stewardship theme. To reach the national contest, students begin by participating in a local contest and this year Vermillion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with the assistance of our Conservation Partners are sponsoring a local contest.

First and second prize winners will be selected from each designated category. Our Conservation Partners are sponsoring the local prizes of $20 for first place and $10 for second place in each grade level category. First and second prize winning posters will be on display during the Vermillion Co. Fair in late June and prizes will be awarded on Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30pm at the SWCD Booth.

The posters of the first prize winners will be forwarded to the Indiana District Employee Association for judging at the State level. If a poster is chosen as a winner at the state level the poster will then be forwarded to the National Assn. of Conservation Districts for judging. Cash awards are the common prize at those levels.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Kindergarten – 1st grade

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Sofia R.
2018 Winner

Kenzie B.

North Vermillion Elementary – Mrs. Chobanov-McCann

2nd – 3rd Grade

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Dalton L.
2018 Winner

Emmit K.

North Vermillion Elementary – Mrs. Lewis

4th – 6th Grade

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Madison
2018 Winner

Ernie Pyle Elementary – Mr. Hannah

Lyric Z.

Central Elem. – Mrs. Brown

7th – 9th Grade

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Rachel H.
2018 Winner

Tycee C.

North Vermillon Jr. High

10th – 12th Grade

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Nastya K.

Aaron R.
2018 Winner

North Vermillion High School

KINDERGARTEN DAY ON THE FARM

in early May, kindergarteners from around the county rotate through ten different stations learning where their food comes from and how to protect resources like the soil and their water.

SWCD Conservation Director, Eric Shideler, noted “this is our first chance to educate students on where their food actually comes from”. Even though we are a rural community, Shideler recognizes that awareness of food origin is something that continually needs to be visited. “If a kindergartner can tell a parent or teacher that the milk they drink at lunchtime comes from a cow, we have done our job with this event”, Shideler stated.

Stations include dairy, sheep, swine, water quality, soil health, grain production, turkeys, chickens, dairy goats and bees.

At the end of the day, students are treated to “goodie” bags filled with promotional items from commodity groups around Indiana. Coloring books, soy crayons, granola bars and even popcorn are given to help reinforce Indiana’s impact on agriculture and food production. The event is held each May for all county Kindergarteners.

The SWCD would like to thank the 4-H Fairboard and Purdue Extension for assisting in the use of their facility for this event.

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The SWCD provides educational programs on various Soil Health Topics and Demonstrations. If your class or civic organization would like to learn more about Soil Health and it’s effects on our environment, contact our office to set up a time.