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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Survey Marking Flags - $12.84 per bundle (100 flags). This price includes tax

Manure Sampling Test Kits - $3.00 each. This price includes tax

Soil Test Sampling Kits - Free

Postage and testing at an independent lab are the landowner's responsibility.

Post Driver

Have you been putting off building that new fence, or repairing an existing one? Rent the District's post driver 001 400 x 300Wheatheart Post Driver to help you complete the job quickly and efficiently. Please contact the SWCD office at 812-254-4780, ext.3 to schedule rental of the post driver. 

The Daviess County SWCD Board has implemented a post driver rental policy. Effective January 14, 2013, the rental rates are as follows:

Within Daviess County: $1.00 per post, 25 post minimum.

Outside Daviess County: $150.00 per day flat fee adjoining counties only. (Martin, Dubois, Pike, Knox, Greene)




No-Till Drill  

drill resizedThe Daviess County and Martin County SWCDs co-own a seven foot Great Plains Drill. The drill is available for use in seeding warm and cool season grasses, and wildlife habitat plots. Please contact the Daviess County SWCD office, 812-254-4780 ext.3 to schedule rental of the drill. Effective October 21, 2019, rental rate is as follows: 

For 4 acres or less - $60.00 flat fee.  

For more than 4 acres -  $25.00 hook up fee, plus $8.00 per acre. 

Available for use in Daviess and Martin Counties only.

 Please provide proof of insurance before renting either the post driver or drill.

The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District

In Indiana, a soil and water conservation district (SWCD) is a unit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources including county and state appropriations, and grants. There is a district office in each county in Indiana.

The official governing body of the SWCD consists of a board of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January-March. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based on recommendations of the leadership in the district. Please contact the district office, 254-4780 ext.3 if you are interested in serving as a supervisor or associate supervisor.

The Daviess County SWCD serves all rural and urban citizens of Daviess County, with a focus on critical natural resource issues such as reduction of soil erosion, improvement of water quality, proper management of animal wastes, and improvement of wildlife habitat. The District works directly with private landowners, coordinating the technical assistance to develop plans that address their specific resource concerns. The District also provides information and education outreach to youth and adults, encouraging good stewardship of our natural resources.

The Importance of Soil Health

Soil Health is not something the Daviess County SWCD takes lightly. Simply, we believe that maintaining soil health - whether it's in the acres of farmland across our county, or in the backyards and parks in our communities - is essential to protecting our natural resources. The results of good soil and water stewardship are critical not only for today, but for generations to come! To learn more about the importance of soil health, see the series of short videos on You Tube.


Soil Health Lessons in a Minute: How Healthy Soil Should Look

Soil Health Lessons in a Minute: Discover the Cover

Soil Health Lessons in a Minute: Soil Stability Test

Soil Health Lessons in a Minute: Benefits of No-Till Farming

The following video was taken SE of Princeton Indiana on June 23, 2017, following a 4-inch rainfall. This short video is a 'clear' example of the importance of soil health, no-till and cover crops!

Clear Water #Soilhealth


Indiana's Soil Health Website

If you would like more information about soil health, contact the SWCD office, 812-254-4780, ext. 3.

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 $45.00 + IN sales tax for Daviess County residents, the price for residents of other counties is $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.

Rain Barrel 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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