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:

 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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Indiana Farmers See Relief on DUNS and SAM Requirements

Indianapolis, May 25, 2018 – Thanks to a change in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, farmers in Indiana who apply for financial assistance programs through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM).

“This change streamlines the process for both farmers and staff because it greatly simplifies the contracting and payment process for current and new participants,” said Gerald Roach, Acting State Conservationist in Indiana. “Participants that are currently enrolled in any of our conservation programs will soon receive letters from NRCS with more details.”

DUNS/SAM registration is still required for:

  • Federal agreements with partners under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements).
  • Watershed operations agreements with project sponsors.
  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program agreements with project sponsors, including recovery and floodplain easements.
  • All cooperative, contribution, interagency, or partnership agreements used by NRCS to procure goods or services, including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
  • Other nonexempt landowners and producers.

Roach advises participants in NRCS programs to ignore any emails, phone calls or other communications from third-party vendors offering assistance for registering in SAMS or applying for a DUNS number.

To learn more about NRCS financial and technical assistance, go to


Gerald Roach, Acting State Conservationist, 317-295-5801 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Adam Heichelbech, Acting Assistant State Conservationist, Programs, 317-295-5857 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Becky Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317-295-5825 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

What's Blooming in the Rain Garden?

 The plants in the Eastside Park rain garden are thriving! City of Washington employees prepared the top part of the garden for planting, and re-set the repaired educational sign. Employees from the city of Washington Stormwater Dept. and the SWCD worked through light rain and steamy heat to give the rain garden a fresh layer of mulch, and plant a variety of new native plants to fill in some blank areas.The rain garden is alive with color - plants currently blooming (as of May 29) include: Columbine, Ohio Spiderwort, Blue Flag Iris, Sage, and the newly planted Fire Pinks. Watch for the Astilbe to begin blooming soon.

may 29 2018      new mulch


Motorists encouraged to share the road with farmers this planting season

INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2018) – With temperatures on the rise, more farmers will be out in their fields, which means slow-moving farm equipment will soon be on Indiana roadways. To keep motorists and farmers safe this planting season, several state agencies have partnered together to encourage Hoosiers to be alert, slow down and share the road with farm equipment.

“As a top agricultural state, whether you live in rural, urban or suburban Indiana, a majority of motorists will come across large farm equipment on the road this planting season,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “We want to encourage every Hoosier to be mindful, slow down and share the road, which will not only ensure their safety, but also the safety of our farmers.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, farm equipment vehicles (other than trucks) were involved in 92 fatal crashes across the nation, with six of those occurring in Indiana.

By law, farm equipment must have the nationally designated slow-moving vehicle sign – a red triangle-shaped reflector – to warn drivers that their equipment is on the road. These vehicles often travel at speeds no higher than 25 mph.

“Roadway safety is a priority of the Indiana State Police, especially when large farm machinery will be crossing state and county roads to farm fields during the planting season,” said Indiana State Police (ISP) Superintendent Doug Carter. “Patience, courtesy and understanding, along with the undivided attention of farmers and the traveling public will help ensure a safe 2018 growing season.”

SWCD Hosts 21st Farm Fair

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The Daviess County SWCD hosted its 21st  annual Fourth Grade Farm Fair on September 8, 2017 at the 4H fairgrounds in Washington. This year we had the largest group ever - nearly 450 students were accompanied by 47 teachers and parents as they all moved through a series of 19 learning stations. Local and area experts taught the students about crops and livestock grown and raised here in Daviess County, as well as other topics such as ATV safety, technology in agriculture, and invasive species. Most of our dedicated volunteers have been a part of the Farm Fair for many years! Those attending the Farm Fair also enjoyed a special demonstration on dog obedience and agility, given by Andrea Bauer and Kensay Mott of A-1 K-9. They also volunteer with the local 4H dog club. Check out the 'Dog Cam' video here:

Each year, the Farm Fair relies on the hard work of many volunteers, and also the support from several organizations. This annual event would not be possible without them! The Daviess County SWCD would like to thank the following for their continued support of the Farm Fair: All of the presenters and volunteers, Purdue Extension, Farm Bureau Inc., Prairie Farms, Hoefling Truck & Tractor, Washington Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Washington, Perdue Farms, supervisors and staff of the Daviess County SWCD, staff of the Daviess/Martin NRCS and FSA, and ISDA staff. A big thank you to Steve Osha Photography for all the great photos!

See photos from the day in our photo gallery. Photo credits: Steve Osha Photography 



Upcoming Events

Rain Barrel Sale 

The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 50-gallon rain barrels for sale. Barrels are $65.00 + IN sales tax. Contact the SWCD if you are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or print out the order form and mail it with your payment.

Click here for order form.

Client Gateway

Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an online portal. With the launch of the Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. The Conservation Client Gateway is secure and is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to the USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit:

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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