Knox County Nature Days This Saturday!

The Knox County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is proud to host the second Knox County Nature Days! This is an annual event focused on different environmental issues, natural history, and more. Join us to learn more about Knox County orchards, the native (good) trees, and invasive (bad) trees!


Ouabache Trails Nature Center | 3500 N. Lower Ft. Knox Rd. | Vincennes, IN 47591


Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

Draft Schedule:

9:00 – Registration, Vendors and Plant Sale Open

9:45 – Introduction/Welcoming Remarks

10:00 – Lessons Learned from Managing an Orchard by Joe Black

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Invasive Trees by Dawn Slack, TNC

11:45 – Lunch (Free!)

12:45 – Native Trees by Shawn Dickerson

1:45 – Tree ID Walk

~2:30 – Event ends

Other Event Features:

  • Kid’s activity station in Nature Center
  • Native Plant Sale outside Nature Center
  • Environmental organization exhibits and vendors outside Nature Center (including the Solid Waste Management District, Natural Gardeners Club, and more!)
  • Door prizes

To keep this event free and support environmental programming in the area, please considering donating to the CISMA at the door.

Contact Will Drews for more information at 812-882-8210 ext. 3408 or

Register at or by contacting Will Drews.



Knox County Parks Department

Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District

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USHER Call Out Meeting Next Thursday!

Vincennes will be a site for the roll-out of the U.S.H.E.R. program, aka Urban Soil Health Education & Restoration! Please consider attending this educational call out meeting next Thursday morning at the Knox County Purdue Ext. Office!

Check out the call out flyer here!

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The USDA Service Center will be hosting an open house for the Agriculture Community. We want to show our appreciation to our Program Participants, Farmers, Landowners, Foresters, Gardeners, Seed Dealers, Fertilizer Dealers, Bankers and the list could go on. So please join us on the morning of March 16 at the USDA Service Center for refreshments and conservation conversation.

March 16, 2018 8:00am -10:00am
USDA Service Center
604 S. Quail Run Rd Vincennes, IN 47591

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Irrigated Field Crops Update

Purdue Extension is hosting an irrigation workshop at the SW Purdue Ag Center (4669 N Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN) on Thursday, March 15th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Here’s a draft agenda:

8:30 a.m. Welcome

9:00 a.m.

Irrigation Scheduling (Lyndon Kelley)

Checkbook Irrigation Scheduling

Soil Moisture Monitoring

Interpreting and integrating results

Indiana Water Policy and Irrigation Implications (Lyndon Kelley)

Riparian doctrine, water rights conflicts

Registration and reporting requirements

Recent changes for significate water withdrawals

Using Irrigation for Fertilizer and Chemical Application (Lyndon Kelley)

Chemigation equipment, backflow and required safety equipment

Irrigation for germination and incorporating chemicals

10:30 Break

10:45 a.m.

The Indiana LENK Group (Todd Feenstra)

Know the Pumping Impacts of Your Irrigation Well: Practical and CostEffective Monitoring (Todd Feenstra)

Best Management Practices for Irrigated Field Crop Production (Valerie Clingerman)

See full flyer here.


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SWCD Annual Meeting Next Monday!

We’ll be holding our Annual Meeting next Monday, March 5th at 6:30 pm at the VU Green Activities Center. Dawn Slack from The Nature Conservancy will be our guest speaker. The tickets are free but must be picked up or reserved by Wednesday, February 28th. Contact our office for more information.

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VU Strategic Ag Workshop: Critical Topics for the Future

Vincennes University will be hosting an Ag Workshop on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the Ft. Sackville Rooms at the Beckes Student Union (1101 N 2nd St, Vincennes, IN 47591).

Draft Agenda:

8:30-9:00        Registration
9:00-9:05        Welcome and agenda overview
9:05-10:00      Speaker – Soil Health and Nutrient Loading by Dr. Shalamar Armstrong,
Purdue Agronomy Department
10:00-10:15     Break/Networking time
10:15–11:15     Farmer Panel – Navigating through Tough Times
Mike Bell – Sullivan, IN
Kelly Cheesewright – Dana, IN
Jeff Smiley – Greensburg, IN
Mike Starkey – Brownsburg, IN
Moderated by Tom Bechman – Prairie Farmer
11:15-11:30     Break/Networking
11:30–12:30     Speaker – Farm Credit – Brent Ditmars, Regional Vice President of Farm Credit
– Tips and Suggestions from a Creditor’s Perspective
12:30–1:15     Lunch included in Workshop fee/Networking
1:15-2:15       Speaker – Changes in the Ag Industry by Todd Gleason – WILL Radio
2:15-2:30       Break/Networking
2:30-3:30       Speaker – Marketing Outlook by Todd Horwitz, Bubba Trading

The cost to attend is $20. For more information and registration: visit

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Save the Date for Our 2018 Annual Meeting!

Our 2018 Annual Meeting will be on Monday, March 5th, 2018. Stay tuned for more details!

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Invasive Species Technician Position for SW Indiana

The Vanderburgh County SWCD along with Gibson, Pike, Posey and Warrick Counties have been awarded a 2018 CWI grant for an Invasive Technician which Vanderburgh is the lead district.  They will be hiring this person early next year.  A job application must be completed and turned into the Vanderburgh office, a resume may be included but the application must be submitted by December 15th, 2017.

View application here.

View the job description here.

For more information, contact Erin Shoup at 812-423-4426 ext 3 or

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Deadline for 2018 EQIP Applications Announced

The deadline for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications is December 15th for 2018 funding consideration. Contact our office for more information!

Read the full press release here.

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October Weed of the Month: Chinese Silver Grass

Chinese Silver Grass (aka Miscanthus) is producing seeds right now making it very noticeable. See our fact sheet here.

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