The Johnson County SWCD works in cooperation with a variety of agencies to develop programs and projects to educate the public about conservation and natural resource issues. The following list describes a few of these agencies:


Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Area (leave our website)

RC&D unites people in urban and rural areas who are committed to managing and utilizing our natural resources wisely. RC&D provides a framework for partnerships and alliances to develop between local citizens, governments, and technical experts to solve resource problems.

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service of Johnson County (CES) (leave our website)

CES (Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service) provides knowledge, information, and decision-making support materials on a wide range of topics including equipment selection, crop production and crop storage, integrated pest management, soil fertility, weed management, waste handling, and economic


Farm Service Agency (FSA) (leave our website)

The Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture ensures the well-being of the American agriculture, environment, and public through efficient and equitable administration of farm commodity programs; farm ownership, operating and emergency loans; conservation and environmental programs; emergency and disaster assistance; domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.

Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) (leave our website)

The SWCS is recognized and respected as an effective advocate for the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources, particularly on private lands. This local chapter serves the state of Indiana.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) (leave our website)

IDEM deals with the creation, monitoring, and enforcement of environmental regulations. Their website offers you a variety of information including descriptions of policies, regulations, and permitting procedures as well as links to specific offices within the department.

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) (leave our website)

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is a non-profit, nongovernmental, private organization made up of the 92 Indiana SWCD’s. The association’s goal is to promote the development of districts.

To locate SWCDs in your area the link above can put you in touch with the right people to provide the following assistance: technical and/or financial assistance needed to solve your specific soil or water resource problem, conservation education assistance and soil information for farmers, other landusers, and students, equipment assistance including no-till planters, no-till drills, or other conservation equipment for rent.

Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conservation (ISDA-DSC) (leave our website)
The mission of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil Conservation (ISDA-DSC) is to elevate the importance of statewide soil and water stewardship with a focus on local implementation of conservation practices on urban and rural land. Through the Clean Water Indiana program, ISDA-DSC supports local initiatives and takes advantage of federal funding opportunities to promote conservation initiatives. ISDA-DSC is committed to conserving and protecting our natural resources because Hoosiers cannot be economically viable without being good stewards of the land and water.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Indiana (leave our website)

NRCS (USDA-Soil Conservation Service) provides on-site help situations requiring knowledge of soils, engineering designs for erosion control structural practices, wetland determinations on individual farms upon request, planning assistance for drainage systems, help in planning any practices that improve water quality, and aid in developing conservation plans for highly erodible land.



National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) (leave our website)

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-governmental, nonprofit organization that represents nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the nation. NACD enables districts to do collectively what would be difficult or impossible individually. NACD pools district experience and develops national policies on a continuing basis. It maintains relationships with organizations and government agencies; publishes information about districts; works with leaders in agriculture, conservation, environment, education, industry, religion and other fields; and provides services to its districts.

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) (leave our website)

The SWCS fosters the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability. They promote and practice an ethic recognizing the interdependence of people and the environment.