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2018 Technical Assistance Grants

Teaming Up for Technical Assistance in Northern Florida

By Katrina Vaitkus In northern Florida where the primary natural resource concerns are water quantity and quality, technical assistance is key to helping producers address those concerns. The Suwannee County Soil and Water Conservation District, through NACD Technical Assistance Grants, has been crucial in boosting technical assistance capacity in the area. Not only has the…… Continue reading →

Bridging the Gap with an NACD Technical Assistance Grant

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_37139" align="alignleft" width="377"] Knable-Thompson assisting a customer at a district booth.[/caption] In 2018, thanks to a 2018 NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grant, the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Indiana hired a program support technician to help with a variety of conservation planning and practices. However, when applying…… Continue reading →

Technical Assistance in the Everglades Agricultural Area

By Katrina Vaitkus The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is an extremely environmentally sensitive area that loses approximately half an inch of soil every year. In this area, sugarcane and vegetable rotations are extremely prevalent, and unlike the rest of southern Florida, most of the soils are organic/muck soils. Here, irrigation water management plans are crucial…… Continue reading →

NACD Technical Assistance Grant Helps District Develop Watershed Plan

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_36554" align="alignleft" width="331"] The Warrior Run Watershed Team at the Warrior Run Breakfast: Janette Lesher, Axel Acevedo, Ashley Lenig, Pam Richardson, Brandon Ball, Ryan Cherwinski, Chanel Shambach and Graham Rhone[/caption] In 2018, the Warrior Run Watershed, located in the northern part of Northumberland County in Pennsylvania, was selected to be part…… Continue reading →

Grazing Assistance and Youth Outreach in Washington County, Tennessee

By Katrina Vaitkus Through NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grants, the Washington County Soil Conservation District in Tennessee has been able to boost its technical assistance programs to landowners, improve its office functions, and continue work on its outreach programs. [caption id="attachment_36518" align="alignleft" width="378"] Maggie Swonger measuring forage height.[/caption] When the district received its first grant…… Continue reading →

Technical Assistance for Watershed Improvement in Nebraska

By Katrina Vaitkus Since 1972, the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District (MNNRD) has been devoted to helping solve natural resource issues in their area. Many of those issues revolve around erosion and water quality in the Long Pine Creek Watershed. This watershed, which is found in north central Nebraska, encompasses approximately 332,000 acres, many of…… Continue reading →

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