2018 Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions

Monday, January 29
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Communications
Hermitage A
Expanding outreach methods for better conservation engagement
Innovative, non-traditional approaches to working with the public help districts with budget constraints reach new audiences, emphasizing the benefits that really matter to inspire adoption of conservation behaviors. This session describes how to develop new approaches that can move conservation districts, their services, and their members into the digital age.
Presenters: Franklin SWCD (OH) – Jennifer Fish and Sara Ernst; SWCDs of Montana – Ann McCauley and Kate Arpin
District Operations and Member Services
Cheekwood GH
Building participation in diverse audiences
Engaging new audiences is critical for building district capacity. Learn how to design trainings that use comedy to engage your audience and how to build bridges to different demographics in your community.
Presenters: Franklin SWCD (ID); Matthew J. Ward HEP/SCD (NJ)
Natural Resources Policy and Protection
Hermitage B
Conservation district EPA 319 Nonpoint Source program grant opportunities
The EPA’s 319 Nonpoint Source grants award funding to districts and other partners to improve water quality in a specific watershed. Whether your district has had a 319 Nonpoint Source grant in the past or is looking for funding for water-related projects, this workshop is a must! Participants will hear success stories and learn about program updates, nonpoint source management plans, statewide nutrient strategies, watershed-based planning, and how to develop a proposal and apply for a 319 grant.
Presenters: Lynda Hall, USEPA, Katie Flahive, USEPA, and/or Cyd Curtis, USEPA, CD staff
Stewardship and Education
Hermitage D
Effective education made simple
How can your district provide a comprehensive education plan without breaking the bank? This session describes engaging activities and techniques to teach students from kindergarten to high school the importance of watersheds, the NACD Stewardship and Education theme for 2018.
Presenters: Diana Blackwood, NACD; Lynn Pilewski, Greenville County SWCD
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Communications
Hermitage A
We dig healthy soils! Building a successful soil health program in your district
Learn how to develop a program promoting soil health management practices and encouraging the planting of cover crops. This session includes tried and true tips on how to engage attendees and organize successful field days and workshops.
Presenters: Debbie Absher, Sussex Conservation District; David Baird, Sussex Conservation District; Jennifer Nelson, Resource Smart LLC; and Delaware Soil Health Champions
District Operations and Member Services
Cheekwood GH
Dollars for districts: How to form the ‘ask’
This session will provide districts with a model to follow as they develop operational budgets, build and evaluate relationships with their county board, and present budget proposals. Learn how to enhance the discussion of local funding and optimize your district’s value within the county board’s budget.
Presenter: Jason Weinerman, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Natural Resources Policy and Protection
Hermitage B
Conservation finance: Private investment, public good
There is a growing interest in attracting private investments to support existing federal conservation programs. This session will show how conservation finance has been used in forestry and highlight ways that districts can get involved.
Presenters: TBD
Stewardship and Education
Hermitage D
Interactive models for tactile learners
Models and simulations are a great way to attract attention, capture audience interest, and enhance understanding and awareness. This session will provide inspiration and instructions for various easy-to-make models and simulations for both educational and outreach programs and presentations.
Presenter: Linda Pettit, Franklin SWCD (OH)

Tuesday, January 30
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Communications
Hermitage A
Communications 101: How to reach your audience
Every conservation district has a story to tell. Make sure yours is heard by learning how to use best practices for media relations, press releases, story writing, social media, and more in this interactive session that guides you through how to create a communications strategy.
Presenters: Mike Beacom, NACD; Mark Proctor, Hillsborough SWCD, Florida; Betty Jo Tompkins, Hillsborough SWCD, Florida; LeAnn Buck, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
District Operations and Member Services
Cheekwood GH
Environmental markets: New funding for conservation
With growing interest in private conservation investments and the development of additional tools and resources, districts are well-positioned for new, diversified income. This session will focus on the mechanics of conservation finance and emerging opportunities for conservation districts.
Presenters: TBD
Natural Resources Policy and Protection
Hermitage B
Pathways to water quality
Attend this session to learn about innovative ways that districts are stepping up to improve water quality. This session will review water regulations, their effect on water quality, and the importance of partnerships in addressing the impact of nitrogen, wildlife, and manure management on water quality.
Presenters: Catherine DeLong, Conservation Districts of Iowa; Alex Schmidt, Conservation Districts of Iowa; Mercer SWCD, Mercer County Ag Solutions, Wright State University‐Lake Campus, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Stewardship and Education
Hermitage D
Conservation partnerships: How to engage female landowners and producers
Women own or co-own a significant amount of land across the United States; learn outreach practices in this session to engage female landowners as conservation partners and help them understand how their decisions can influence and support conservation efforts.
Presenters: Carlyn Morales, Upper Delta SWCD (LA); Jean Eells, PhD, E Resources Group, LLC; Bridget Holcomb, Women, Food and Agriculture Network
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Communications
Hermitage A
Soil health: Cost effective or cost prohibitive?
Datu Research, LLC and NACD conducted four three-year case studies in the Upper Mississippi River Basin exploring the cost of soil health practices. Datu researchers will dig into their findings and share the science behind the economics. Plus, you’ll hear directly from two of the participating farmers about the real impact of these practices on their land and bottom lines.
Presenters: Marcy Lowe, Datu Research, LLC; Dan Diaz, Lena, IL and Michael Willis, King City, MO, NACD Soil Health Champions
District Operations and Member Services
Cheekwood GH
Conservation by the numbers
NACD’s annual survey provides an opportunity to analyze our impact and reach. In this session, NACD and CBEAR will provide the results of the annual survey, insights into our results, and discuss how your conservation district can utilize behavioral economics lessons to implement successful, lasting programs.
Presenters: Frank Clearfield, NACD Survey Administrator & Sociologist; the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR)
Natural Resources Policy and Protection
Hermitage B
Increase your impact: Partnerships in conservation
Attend this session to learn how collaborating with diverse partners can increase the impact of conservation on the ground. Learn how Farm Bill Specialists in North Dakota help to bridge the information gap; how to submit a proposal and roll out RCPP programs; and how these partnerships help move districts into new arenas.
Presenters: Brian Johnston, NDASCD; Stephen Johnson and Jennifer Boie of Palouse CD; Chris Workman, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Stewardship and Education
Hermitage D
Classrooms in the field
Districts are moving educational programs from the classroom to the field to increase their impact; this session includes an overview of Cullman County SWCD’s mobile conservation classroom in Alabama, where they provide hand‐on displays for schools. You’ll also learn how Jennings County SWCD in Indiana implemented pollinator conservation practices by turning to their community stakeholders.
Presenters: Andy Ertel, Jennings County SWCD; Travis Kress and Kathy Holmes, Cullman
County SWCD

 

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