Conservation Leaders Meet with Agriculture Secretary

By Katy Parker, executive director, Alabama Association of Conservation Districts [caption id="attachment_22927" align="alignright" width="300"] From left to right: NCDEA President Tim Riley, NACD President Brent Van Dyke, NASCA President Marc Cribb, and NARC&DC President William Hodge[/caption] In the last week of November, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met twice with leaders in conservation. Perdue first met…… Continue reading →

Top Five Resources on NACD’s Members Only Section

By Sara Kangas Earlier this month, NACD launched a Members Only section of our website rife with resources to help districts and state/territory associations with their day-to-day operations. Additional materials are available for districts/associations that have paid dues for NACD’s 2018 Fiscal Year (FY18), which runs from October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018. Instructions…… Continue reading →

Meet NACD’s fall intern: Edward Hutschenreuter

By Edward Hutschenreuter Growing up in the outskirts of Erie County in New York state, I was fortunate enough to experience childhood in a small rural community where the forests were my playground. Always being outside, I developed interests in hiking, fishing, camping, and really anything that let me escape the indoors. From this upbringing…… Continue reading →

NACD Forestry RPG explores Deadwood

By Mike Beacom [caption id="attachment_9660" align="alignright" width="564"] NACD Forestry RPG members in Deadwood, South Dakota.[/caption] The NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) recently met in Deadwood, South Dakota, in conjunction with the National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) Forest Resources Management Committee. The Forestry RPG heard from a variety of presenters during the three-day meeting,…… Continue reading →

Did You Know? NACD has a new logo

NACD may have a new look, but our identity remains rooted. We support and promote this nation’s 3,000 conservation districts. Updating the look of NACD’s branding elements – and publishing guidelines on their use – gives our organization and its members a foundation to enhance NACD brand awareness and name recognition nationwide. It is crucial…… Continue reading →

The latest on the FY18 appropriations cycle from NACD

By Coleman Garrison The summer months before Congress’ annual summer recess period in August is historically packed with discussion around passing appropriations bills to fund the federal government. The entirety of the federal government's budget is split into twelve separate bills that must be passed individually through the legislative process; starting at the subcommittee level, moving through…… Continue reading →

Leopold Award honors conservationists on working lands

[caption id="attachment_9271" align="alignright" width="394"] Jim Krueger, executive director for the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts.[/caption] By Sara Kangas Time and time again, we’ve seen that locally-led, voluntary conservation on working lands is one of the biggest driving forces of effectively preserving and protecting natural resources. Landowners across the nation are committed to this very principle,…… Continue reading →

California RCDs, CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program leading the way to climate smart ag

Guest column by Kristen Murphy California RCDs resource conservation districts (RCDs) are innovators in carbon farm plans, carbon accounting for farm practices, and carbon farming - including compost on rangeland. Through programs, demonstrations, and partnerships, RCDs are leading the way in assisting farmers and ranchers throughout the state. [caption id="attachment_8996" align="alignright" width="541"] Karen Buhr, executive director of CARCD,…… Continue reading →

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