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State Soil Conservation Group Holds Annual Conference SoonState Soil Conservation Group Holds Annual Conference Soon

The Indiana SWCDs gather for giant meeting in Indy next week.

Tom Bechman 1

January 4, 2012

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The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts will fill the downtown Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis early next week for their annual conference. With a good array of sponsors and a broad line-up of speakers on conservation topics, this promises to be an exciting meeting.

Once held at Purdue University, the annual event has been held in Indianapolis for more than two decades. It allows soil and water district supervisors to have one –on-one contact with legislators during the annual IASWCD legislative breakfast held during the event. Political observers say this breakfast draws a higher percentage of lawmakers than most other similar events held by various interest groups.

From the beginning, the IASWCD has used the breakfast to present a unified message about conservation, encourage support of programs, namely Clean Water Indiana today, and allow individuals form all four corners of the state time to talk to legislators and tell their message face-to-face while sweated at banquet tables.

This year's theme for the entire conference is 'The Power of Conservation, Local Action with Global Impact!' It's the 69th annual conference. Most districts were organized in the 1940s and 1950s by pioneers in their community.

Running from Monday, January 9 through January 11, the event leads off with Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. Vincent has become a champion for conservation in a responsible manner in the great Northwest, and tells his message all over the country. His efforts have helped focus attention first on problems with conservation and the environment first in the Great Northwest, and then across the country.

Supervisors from every district in Indiana are expected to attend. If you're interested in attending any sessions or learning more about the conference, contact your local soil and water conservation district office.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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