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What the Elections Mean for Natural Resources

By NACD Natural Resources Policy Specialist Adam Pugh Last week’s mid-term elections resulted in the U.S. House of Representatives flipping to a Democrat majority for the first time since 2010. In the conservation world, focus is primarily centered on the expired farm bill. However, the elections will also significantly impact the House Committee on Natural… Continue reading →

What the Elections Mean for the Farm Bill

By NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison On Tuesday, Nov. 6, as a result of mid-term elections, the House of Representatives flipped to Democrat control while Senate Republicans added to their ranks. While several races are still outstanding, the election went mostly as political pundits predicted. As of today, Republicans have picked up three… Continue reading →

Brown County SWCD helping to ‘whittle down’ EQIP backlog

In January 2018, Ohio’s Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) designed to add capacity at the local level to provide more assistance to landowners. This technical assistance grant… Continue reading →

Cover Crop Champions Seek Innovative Outreach Methods

By Jessica Espenshade, agricultural program coordinator, National Wildlife Federation District program coordinators across the country have noticed a trend - agricultural outreach is relying on traditional field days to bridge the knowledge and action gap in the farming community, and attendance is increasingly a challenge. Outreach specialists need to think outside of the box to… Continue reading →

Michigan District Makes Difference for Wildlife Habitat

Blue Water Conservation District (BWCD) is improving wildlife habitat through a $50,700 grant the district received from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Michigan DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant must be used by Sept. 30, 2020, on projects including enhancing large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast producing food sources, forest openings, oak savannas… Continue reading →

NACD Grant Helps Develop Partnerships, Positive Conservation Efforts

By Howard SWCD District Technician Hunter Slifka After receiving a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) earlier this year, the Howard Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Cresco, Iowa, is fortifying its partnerships and increasing conservation on the ground. In addition to expanding over 6,000 feet of streambank restoration… Continue reading →

2014 Farm Bill Expiration: What’s Next?

By NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison As the 2014 Farm Bill expiration quickly approaches, NACD has ramped up communication efforts with policymakers to determine the next steps. Based on the conversations with congressional staff and House and Senate Agriculture Committees leaders’ statements, it is likely the Sept. 30, 2018, expiration date will come… Continue reading →

Did You Know? Diversity & Customer Service

Why should a conservation district board care about diversity? The idea of diversity goes beyond differing races or genders on district boards. Creating a diverse board provides the best possible customer service to communities. A diverse board reflects the ideas of many cultures, races, religions and genders and creates an environment of inclusivity so everyone… Continue reading →

Workshops Improve Resource Professionals’ Outreach Efforts

The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI)’s Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) program out of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is helping forestry agencies connect to private landowners through better outreach. SFFI-led workshops help resource professionals learn how to influence landowners to take steps to sustainably manage their lands. “It’s really thinking about… Continue reading →

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