District Highlights 2017
The Board of Supervisors, with the assistance of office personnel, provides educational and technical conservation information and activities throughout White County.
The District Annual Meeting for 2016 was held on February 21, 2017 at the White County Fairgrounds. Guest speaker was Jenna Blue, Regional Manager for LaCrosse Seeds. She shared her expertise on soil health and cover crops.
Also, in February, we co-hosted a Bi-County Soils Workshop with Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, featuring three speakers covering topics ranging from “Strategies for Nutrient Management” and “Herbicide Use and Cover Crops” to “Transforming Drainage.”
In March, we co-hosted the North Central (Indiana) Regional Envirothon International Student Competition at Camp Buffalo.
We worked with Purdue Extension Office and others to present the annual 4th Grade Ag Day at the White County Fairgrounds in April.
For the fifth year we participated with the Monticello Parks Department in Earth Day activities at the Monticello City Park. The District’s hands-on display highlighted the importance of pollinators in agriculture.
In June, a “Women4theLand” meeting was held in Fowler for women who own or manage farmland in Benton, Warren and White counties. Co-sponsored by the district, women gathered for an informal discussion on soil health and land stewardship. Following a luncheon, the group visited local farms to see conservation on the ground.
For the second year we staffed an informational booth at the Monticello Farmers Market. We provided a hands-on station for members of the “Power of Produce” youth club to build their own soil property pudding cups. Participants learned about the science behind soil properties by utilizing common food ingredients to demonstrate the four different textures that determine soil quality and its ability to grow food.
The district awarded eight Environmental/Outdoor Lab grants to local schools in 2017. Starting in 1998, the district has awarded nearly $64,000 to fund projects benefiting White county youth. This school year hundreds of students, ranging from kindergarten to high school age, were involved in outdoor education due to the program.
The district received a grant from the Arrow Head RC&D to provide free well water testing kits to county residents. The program was extremely popular and nearly 70 kits have been provided free of charge to rural residents.
White County participated for the third year in INfield Advantage, a free program that assists growers in fine-tuning their nutrient management practices.
Continued our participation in the Big Pine Creek Watershed Project, a multiyear initiative to improve water quality in the Big Pine Watershed.
For the 23rd year district staff participated in the Tippecanoe River Expedition in Tippecanoe River State Park. Held over 6 days in mid- September, more than 400 students and volunteers from 10 Indiana counties were involved in the event. The educational outdoor program is designed to teach students about the history, geology, and environmental quality of the Tippecanoe while paddling down the river.