The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1941 to provide information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

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Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501

 Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3  Email:

Fax: 855-458-8769

 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays 



Our Mission:

To provide educational, technical and financial assistance to all Daviess County residents in order to maintain a clean and wholesome environment in which to work and live.

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Disaster Assistance Enrollment Deadline October 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Julia A. Wickard, encourages producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted by that date. Livestock producers who have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible. Register, request an appointment or begin an LFP application with the FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014.

Contact the Daviess/Martin FSA office: 812-254-4780 ext. 2  or you may also register online using this link:

“All livestock producers who experienced forage losses during the summer of 2012 drought are eligible to apply for this Farm Bill program,” said Wickard. “If a producer believes they suffered a livestock grazing loss in 2012, they should contact their local FSA office by Sept. 30 and have their name added to an appointment calendar. A producer’s payment will be impacted by sequestration beginning Oct. 1,” said Wickard.


There was a tremendous response for the District's Cover Crop cost-share program! Applications for this year's program are closed, but please contact Kevin Allison at the SWCD office, 812-254-4780 ext. 113 if you are interested in learning more about cover crops.

Learn more about the benefits of cover crops...

Jamie Scott of Pierceton, Indiana talks Cover Crops

Farmer Dave Brandt on the use of cover crops

Terminating Cover Crops for Maximum Benefits – Mike Plumer

Local Farmer Receives Statewide Award for Conservation Practices

Indianapolis, IN – Out of 61,000 farms in the state of Indiana, one local farm stood out from the crowd last week for the work they do to protect Indiana’s natural resources.

Herb Lottes of Slate Creek Farms was among fifty-nine farmers who received the River-Friendly Farmer award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) on Wednesday, August 13 in a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices help keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean.

The DaviessSoil and Water Conservation District nominated Herb Lottes for the award based upon his farm management practices that protect Indiana’s waterways. Slate Creek Farms is a grain and livestock farm that produces cattle, swine, corn, soybeans and wheat.  Herb’s use of conservation practices such as minimum tillage, cover crops, manure and nutrient management, variable rate soil testing, filter strips, and WASCOBS provide protection from runoff for Slate Creek and the East Fork White River. Congratulations to Herb Lottes, and all of the River Friendly Farmers!

Rain Barrel Sale 

The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale. Rain Barrel: $65.00 + tax. Rain Barrel with a downspout diverter: $75.00 + tax. Click here for order form.


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Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Natural Resources...

...But didn't know who to ask! Whether you have owned your land for a lifetime, or are a new Indiana landowner, you may have questions when it comes to land use and conservation. This is a quick guide for who to call and where to look when you have questions about natural resources and conservation on your land in Indiana.

Indiana Conservation Answer Guide



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