NACD’s Conservation Symposia give conservation businesses, districts, and individuals the platform to discuss the complex issues that we face every day. This year’s topics tackle urban conservation and agriculture, soil health and conservation planning, and private-public agribusiness partnerships.
January 31, 2018
Agribusiness Symposium: Innovative Private-Public Partnerships for Sustainability and Conservation: Taking 4Rs from Concept to Reality
Hermitage AB – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn best practices and pitfalls to avoid from innovative partnerships that are using cutting-edge technologies to ensure the long-term viability of farming and ranching operations. Hear about new collaborations with agricultural businesses across the country to enhance and accelerate the transfer and adoption of innovative conservation technologies.
Expanding upon the traditional federal and state conservation partnership of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), these new private/public partnerships extend the reach of NRCS’ and NACDs technical and financial assistance to new customers and through new channels. Similarly, increasing agribusiness employees’ knowledge and understanding of USDA technical and financial assistance programs can expand conservation adoption and increase the overall sustainability of farming, ranching, and forestland operations.
Leading industry agribusiness retailers will share their experiences and insights through the presentation of six case studies; such as how small independent agribusiness retailers and producers working together can both benefit financially while improving environmental outcomes, how five partners came together to develop a flagship program for irrigation management, and how drone technology and aerial images helped one farm implement variable rate fertilizer placement to improve both crop yield and the environment.
Partnership Forum: Bringing together Soil Health, Resource Stewardship, and Conservation Planning
Hermitage C – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NCDEA, NACD, NASCA, NARC&DC’s, and NRCS will provide additional information and updates on the National Conservation Planning Partnership and how it relates to your district; soil health; the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool; and Conservation Planning Boot Camp initiatives for district employees moving forward nationally, statewide, and on farms/ranches. A portion of the forum will allow participants to ask questions and engage with presenters informally.
Urban Agriculture Conservation Symposium
Hermitage D – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A description for this symposium will be posted in the near future. Subscribe to eResource for Annual Meeting updates!