INfield Advantage program enrollment available until June 20, 2016   

Farmers wishing to register for the INfield Advantage corn stalk sampling program for 2016 have until June 20 to sign up. Registration forms are available in the White County Soil and Water Conservation District offices located at 103 Country Lane in Monticello, phone 574-583-7622 extension 3.   

The free program gives farmers the opportunity to gather and analyze personalized, field-specific data. Guided stalk sampling (GSS) is a tool that allows program participants to access the status of nitrogen in their fields and identify opportunities to improve nitrogen management practices, optimizing their bottom line and benefiting the environment. Stalk sampling can be collected in almost any corn field. No specific tillage practice, nutrient management system or GPS-enabled equipment is required.  

INfield Advantage provides the opportunity to gather and analyze personalized, field-specific data. Program tools include corn stalk nitrate testing to determine nitrogen use efficiency at the end of the growing period, and aerial imagery allowing operators to see their fields from above allowing them to discover possible issues, including soil compaction and equipment malfunctions.


USDA Accepting Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

$100 million Expected to Attract Enrollment of 7.7 Million Acres for Conservation 


Indianapolis, IN, Jan. 29, 2015 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding).   This year’s investment may result in the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners.


“CSP is a way of incentivizing farmers and private forest managers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship,” said Jane Hardisty of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “By focusing on multiple resource concerns, farmers are able to achieve a sustainable landscape and maintain or increase the productivity of their operations.”


Through CSP, participants take additional conservation steps to improve the resource conditions on their land, including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation.

Hardisty said CSP producers are conservation leaders, showing how science-based conservation and technological advancements can improve the environment and farming operations at the same time. For example, Indiana farmer Mike Starkey carefully uses the right amount of fertilizer and pesticide on his corn and soybean fields. He also uses cover crops, buffers and no-till as part of a soil health management system. Starkey’s stewardship of natural resources along with programs like CSP, leads to cleaner water and a healthier environment. 


The 2014 Farm Bill brought changes to CSP including an expanded conservation activity list that will offer participants greater options to meet their conservation needs and protect the natural resources on their land. These conservation activities, called enhancements, include cover crops, rotational grazing and wildlife friendly fencing. 


“CSP is a great addition to our conservation toolbox for our Landscape Conservation Initiatives, which rally together landowners at the broader level to make conservation improvements that help us tackle our Indiana’s resource issues,” Hardisty said. “Historically, other conservation programs have driven these initiatives, but now with CSP, we’ll be bringing more farmers and forest landowners to these efforts.”


Applications should be submitted to local NRCS offices.  As part of the CSP application process, applicants will work with NRCS field personnel to complete a conservation plan and resource inventory of their land, which will help determine the performance for existing and new conservation activities and will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.


A CSP self-screening checklist is available on line to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.


For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or contact your District Conservationist  For more information about CSP in Indiana, visit  As current sign up information becomes available, it will be posted on this website.


Since the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life.




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White County SWCD Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:00am EST at the White County SWCD office. 

Occasionally meetings dates need to be rescheduled.  Please call the office at 574-583-7622 to verify the date.


Due to busy schedules and long distances to travel, NICIM will be sharing business information by email.  For more information please contact James Potthoff at 219-843-4827.


Plat books and marking flags for sale at the White County SWCD office!


Plat books - $20.00


Marking flags - $10 per bundle of 100

EQIP pays for conservation buffers like this one in Southern Indiana to slow water runoff, trap sediment, and enhance infiltration, and also provide wildlife habitat.

Federal Farm Programs

If you are interested in participating in, or learning more about, farm programs please contact the White County District Conservationist (DC) to set up an appointment at (574) 583-7622 ext. 3.  

Check out the book list!

Click on the education link to see a list of environmental and farming books for kids created by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the American Farm Bureau.  The list includes IBN numbers and reading levels for most books along with the authors names.  You can also click here to go straight to the lists!  

Private Well Class

The Private Well Class is a free online training for homeowners with water wells.  This free course helps homeowners understand and care for their water well.  Through ten weekly lessons and monthly webinar trainings, private well owners will learn the basics of managing and protecting their water source.  For more information click on this link:  

Twin Lakes High School Joins White County SWCD on Their First Trip Down the River


Twin Lakes High School sent three classes to experience the Arrowhead Country RC&D River Expedtion for the first time. The Honors Biology, Honors Earth Science and AP Biology classes traveled to Tippecanoe River State Park on Wednesday, September 3rd. The students learned firsthand about the ecology of the Tippecanoe River and how it is affected by humans and nature. The trip included rafting down the river along with presentations about water quality and monitoring, pollution, aquatic life forms, soil erosion & water quality.


The school enjoyed the experience so much that they plan on joining future river expeditions with the White County SWCD and the Arrowhead Country RC&D.

Earth Day Fair in the Park and the Monarch Butterfly

The White County SWCD joined the city park, public library, a local garden club, and the NW Indiana Solid Wasted District in the park to celebrate Earth Day!  Visitors to the SWCD table learned how the loss of the milkweed plant has contributed to the decline of the Monarch Butterfly.  They also learned about the lifecycle of the Monarch and were encouraged to plant milkweed to benefit them.  

The Eastern Monarch butterfly populations have dropped drastically in the last few years due to the loss of wintering habitat in Mexico and the loss of food habitat here in the United States.  Often considered a weed, the milkweed plant has been destroyed for years.  Most people are unaware that the milkweed is vital for the reproduction of the Monarch Butterfly.  

Monarch butterflies depend on the milkweed plants to lay their eggs.  The Monarch caterpillars feed only on the milkweed.  They need the milkweed for two major reasons: to make themselves taste bad, so predators won't eat them and also for the proper formation of their wings.  

For more information on milkweed plants and how you can help save the Monarch Butterfly, please contact us at 583-5962 ext. 3.


Making butterflies at the Earth Day Fair!

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Bush Honeysuckle

Storm Drain Marking

in Monticello

White County SWCD marked storm drain inlets to inform residents, and visitors, of the community that our storm water flows to open water.  For more information on the importance of marking storm drains, click here.

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