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Michigan’s Van Buren CD highlights regenerative agriculture and cover crops at annual farming conference

By Erin Fuller [caption id="attachment_35674" align="alignright" width="300"] Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri introduces keynote speaker Gabe Brown.[/caption] On March 10, over 230 local agricultural producers came together at the Van Buren Conservation District (CD)'s annual “Farming for the Future” conference in Michigan, to learn about various topics, including regenerative agriculture, plant sap analysis, compost, soil health,…… Continue reading →

Investing in Tomorrow: The NCF Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, we at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) are grateful for the tireless work of our volunteers throughout our network of conservation districts and local Envirothon programs. We know none of the work that NCF supports would be accomplished without you. Just look at what we have been accomplishing…… Continue reading →

Conservation Innovation at the Forefront at NACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting

By Laura Demmel Innovations within the conservation space are happening all the time. From landscape planning tools, agriculture precision tools, remote sensing tools, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and seed and nutrient discoveries, technology is undoubtedly changing the way we deliver conservation on the ground.   The landscape of conservation innovation may rightly feel overwhelming…… Continue reading →

District Workshops for Pollinator Prairies Expand Native Habitat in Oklahoma

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_34055" align="alignright" width="303"] Volunteers after spreading seed and hay at Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond.[/caption] The Oklahoma County Conservation District (OCCD) in Oklahoma recently held two Pollinator Prairie Workshops as a part of a larger Pollinator Prairie Workshop Series. Kevin Mink, the urban soil health specialist for the district, had the idea…… Continue reading →

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 →

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