Kankakee Watershed Committee

February 2021 - Izaak Walton League of America Co-Sponsored Webinars to help support and promote the Kankakee Watershed Initiative, a shared effort to build a greater understanding of soil health in Indiana.

Applying Nature's Soil Health Principles for Improving Soil Function_Ray Archuleta.mp4

February 23rd, 2021 - Free Webinar - Over 75 attendees!

"Applying Nature's Soil Health Principles for Improving Soil Function - Ray Archuleta"

Soil Health Expert to Speak About Soil Health in Kankakee Watershed

The St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District, Marshall County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Izaak Walton League of America are teaming up to bring nationally recognized soil health expert Ray Archuleta to the Kankakee watershed. Archuleta, a Missouri farmer and livestock producer, will talk about the principles and practice of soil health during a free webinar Tuesday, February 23, from 12 noon to 2 pm (Eastern).

Healthy soils help farmers produce crops and livestock with fewer inputs and more consistent yields. Healthy soils also benefit the public by reducing erosion and polluted runoff, reducing flooding, and storing more carbon in the soil. The workshop will cover soil health principles and will discuss how the principles apply in the Kankakee's unusual mix of soils.

"Farmers are showing growing interest in farming practices that will maintain and improve the health of their soils," said Izaak Walton League Agriculture Program Director Duane Hovorka. "We want to help more farmers understand and adopt soil health practices that are good for farmers, protect our natural resources, and support rural communities."

To register or for more information visit the St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District web site at www.stjosephswcd.org.

For More information about the Kankakee Watershed Imitative, go to: https://www.jaspercountyswcd.org/lower-kankakee-watershed-initiative

February 5th, 2021

Sands to Silts and Clays: Building Soil Health in a Diverse Watershed Virtual Workshop 2021

The Lower Kankakee Watershed Initiative partnered with the Isaak Walton league of America, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Understanding Ag to host a workshop geared towards building soil heath in the Kankakee Watershed. Due to poor recording quality, some live demonstrations performed by Stephanie McClain, State Soil Health Specialist for the Indiana NRCS, had to be edited out along with her commentary. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Please feel free to reach out to Jasper County SWCD jaspercountysoilandwater@gmail.com or Newton County SWCD newtonsoilwater@gmail.com with any questions!

2020 Soil Health Report Card for Indiana