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District Employees Gather in Tennessee for Annual SECDEA Conference

By Candice Abinanti Last week, over 100 district employees from throughout the southeast gathered in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the 2019 Southeast Conservation District Employees Association's (SECDEA) Annual Conference. Presided over by SECDEA President Hope Daley from Mississippi, the two-day conference provided the opportunity for conservation district employees to gather, share ideas, and hear updates…… Continue reading →

Investing in Tomorrow: NCF-Envirothon Inspires the Next Generation

Erin Hines is just one of hundreds of thousands of students whose life has been forever positively impacted through the National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon. Like the thousands of high school students who compete each year, Hines understands the vast impacts of the international natural resource competition. These individuals gain an understanding of the complexities of balancing quality of life with conservation…… Continue reading →

Bonded by a love for managing the land

Seven years ago, when the LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) held a meeting with local landowners to discuss water quality issues in Indiana’s Little Elkhart River watershed, those in attendance had little to say. Many were Amish. Old Order Amish landowner Monroe Raber stepped forward. “I told the guy if he needed…… Continue reading →

Inspiring People, Investing in Tomorrow: NCF Next Generation Leadership Institute

At the core of every inspirational story is one consistent thing: Inspired people. Sure, there are always similar factors like challenges, motivations and outcomes, but people are the main ingredient when it comes to inspiration. People drive achievement and accomplishment, because they take a challenge and transform it to a success. They navigate relationships, address conflict, unite…… Continue reading →

National Conservation Foundation: Investing in Tomorrow

By Steve Robinson What is the best conservation success story you heard in 2019? Whether it was overcoming a challenge or creating something that was deeply and truly needed, chances are it’s a tale where a group came together to accomplish something bigger than themselves. These collective efforts are the backbone of passionate work, and…… Continue reading →

Duval SWCD celebrates 66th anniversary

By Josie Fuentes Despite the warm temperatures, local supporters were not deterred from showing up to celebrate the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 66th anniversary. Local sponsors, community advocates, city council members and members of the public were all present at the rooftop deck of Intuition Ale Works in the downtown Urban Core.…… Continue reading →

Getting Cover on Prevented Planting Ground

Flooding across the Midwest has kept farmers from planting an unusually high number of acres this spring. Unable to plant their cash crop, many farmers are taking a second look at cover crops in order to maintain living cover on their fields and prevent erosion. Unfortunately, the relationship between cover crops and prevented planting crop…… Continue reading →

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