Held Monday, January 29, following the General Session, the 2018 District Share Fair provides districts with the opportunity to discuss the projects, programs, and systems that have enabled them to succeed. Visit Ryman Hall B1 to hear about the following:
Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, IL
Are you a S.T.A.R.? Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources “S.T.A.R.”
The CCSWCD Stewardship Committee has developed a tool to help farmers and landowners evaluate their own nutrient loss management practices and to promote best management practices on individual fields. The S.T.A.R. evaluation system assigns point for each cropping, tillage, nutrient application and soil conservation activity used on individual fields. Among the S.T.A.R. benefits are increased farm net income; decreased nutrient loss; possible cost share programs; and an understandable way for the public to see how well a farmer is doing at protecting our agricultural resources.
Hanover-Caroline SWCD, VA
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) – Five Years of Success in Urban Conservation
Beginning with the small partnership of four (4) SWCDs in 2012 and a NFWF grant of $25,000, the VCAP initiative has grown to include thirty (30) eligible Chesapeake Bay Districts, the VASWCD, and funds totaling $750,000 per year. Presenters will highlight partnerships, funding sources, obstacles, and success stories during the past five years of the VCAP in Virginia. The booth will spotlight VCAP’s progression from a few targeted BMPs to a bay-wide cost-share program complete with a state coordinator, manual, application, and ranking process, and cost-share opportunities for twelve (12) urban practices. Discussion will highlight VCAP’s growing statewide recognition as a program that can contribute critical reductions needed towards Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL Implementation Plan.
Greenville County SWCD, SC
Visualizing Watershed Education
GCSWCD has created an innovative way to educate citizens about watersheds in their county. A topographically correct model of the county was created to enable citizens to pinpoint their home, school, or workplace. They are able to discover and understand their watershed and how stormwater runoff impacts the water quality in their community.
Jefferson Conservation District, CO
Photographic Guide to Conservation Practices in Colorado
The district’s booth display will highlight the book “Photographic Guide to Conservation Practices in Colorado,” providing important information on how to develop programs and funding opportunities for partners and landowners.
Spokane CD, WA
Commodity Buffer and RCPP Success!
Table event with program handouts/materials demonstrating the commodity buffer program. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch a six-minute, high-tech drone video that highlights the district’s successfully implemented 40 miles of buffers and tens of thousands of no-till seeding practices.
Spokane CD, WA
Vets on the Farm
Vets on the Farm is a program developed in Spokane, WA to help military veterans transition into agriculture and conservation-related careers. This helps to address the “growing” need of new American farmers utilizing the national resource we have in our veteran community. A three-minute video with a 10-12 minute presentation on the genesis of VOTF and tips on how to start something in other counties or CDs will be available.
Daviess County CD, KY
Junior Board Activities & Community Outreach
Daviess County CD’s Junior Board members consist of FFA students in four of their area high schools who have been enormous help with community activities and district programs throughout the year. Some of the activities include the annual tree giveaway, making all-natural decorations at the Neblett Center, community center for kids, pumpkin painting at the Boys & Girls Club, and Agriculture Days at the elementary schools. The Junior Board has made a lasting impression on an elementary school children through their participation in Agriculture Days. Having a Junior Board is a great way to expand natural resource outreach to younger generations.