North Central Region

NACD's North Central Region representative is Beth Mason. Beth is based in Indiana and can be reached at

Executive Board Member: Alex SchmidtIowa City, Iowa
Region Chair: Kris SwartzPerrysburg, Ohio
Region Vice Chair: Kurt Beckstrom, Milaca, Minn.
National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) 
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

Staff: Beth MasonIndianapolis, Ind.


  • Boot Camp for 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Information:

NACD and the North Central states are monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and have provided the following information on their websites. If you have further information to share with others, please feel free to contact Beth Mason at beth-mason[at]

Upcoming Events:

  • 2021 NACD North Central Region Winter Board Meeting, Columbus, Ohio: January 6 – 7
  • 2021 NACD Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana: February 6 – 10

Region Specific Resources:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

  • 2020 NACD TA Grants: In March 2020, NACD announced the award of $8.5 million in priority request awards to over 300 conservation districts in 49 states and territories. In July 2020, NACD announced an additional $6.5 million in new technical assistance grants to benefit nearly 400 conservation districts in 36 states and territories.
  • Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with beth-mason[at]

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • Congratulations to the North Central Region’s 2020 UAC grant recipients: Marion County SWCD in Indiana,  Genesee Conservation District in Michigan, Boone County SWCD in Missouri, Ashland SWCD in Ohio, and Cuyahoga SWCD in Ohio

Federal Policy and Partner Updates:

  • NRCS Chief Lohr stepping down: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be stepping down as Chief next month to return back home to my family farm.  The past two years have been the honor and opportunity of a lifetime.”

Meeting Minutes:

Where to Find Your Region Rep:

(Due to Covid-19, all NACD travel has been suspended)

Please send any resources, announcements, questions or comments to

Beth Mason, beth-mason[at]

Click here for information about the North Central Region Meeting.

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