NACD ANNOUNCES URBAN AG CONSERVATION FUNDING

Today, NACD announced a Request for Proposal marking its third year in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help districts provide conservation technical assistance for urban agriculture.

A new round of funding is available through the NACD Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Initiative. NACD expects to fund UAC technical assistance for approximately 18 conservation/natural resources districts for a one-year project. The Request for Proposals is now posted on NACD's urban and community webpage, along with project descriptions for the 2016 and 2017 urban grant recipients.

The next Urban and Community Conservation webinar will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, to review this initiative and respond to members’ questions. To best prepare for the Q&A, NACD asks that districts send any questions to NACD Senior Advisor Deb Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org prior to the webinar.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org with your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.


NACD ANNUAL MEETING EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE ONE MONTH AWAY


NACD's 73rd Annual Meeting will be held Feb. 2-6, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. Join us in the Lone Star state to hear from prominent leaders in conservation, network with fellow conservationists, and learn more about the region's natural resources challenges and conservation practices. The meeting will also feature 16 informative breakout sessions describing district successes, conservation symposia, a soil health panel during Tuesday's general session and more.

Early-bird registration ends Friday, Dec. 14, so there's only a month left to register for the meeting at discounted prices - register online to save an additional $15. Seats for the eight tours and events hosted during the meeting are quickly filling up, so be sure to complete your registration to reserve a spot.


Don't forget to reserve a commemorative 2019 Annual Meeting t-shirt. Place an order by Monday, Dec. 31, to pick up shirts in the Conservation Expo in San Antonio.


NACD ATTENDS NAFB ANNUAL CONVENTION

From Nov. 7-9, NACD staff and leaders attended the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB)’s 75th Annual Convention and Trade Talk. NACD President Brent Van Dyke and President-elect Tim Palmer had the opportunity to chat with reporters from across the country to discuss the role of conservation districts, NACD’s positions on the next farm bill and the national association’s upcoming annual meeting in February.


NACD thanks all the farm broadcasters who stopped by NACD's booth for their time and dedication to amplifying the stories of the nation’s producers and conservation districts. Lorrie Boyer will become president of NAFB at the start of the new year and will be joining NACD in San Antonio, Texas, as the emcee of the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting.


CTIC BOARD MEETS IN BALTIMORE

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) met on Nov. 7 in Baltimore, Md., in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

NACD President-elect Tim Palmer and NACD CEO Jeremy Peters participated in the meeting as members of CTIC's board. Palmer and Peters were joined by NACD Immediate-Past President Lee McDaniel, who also serves as a trustee of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF). CTIC's board discussed several topics important to the future of the organization, including the 2019 Conservation In Action Tour which will be held in Iowa. CTIC has also recently debuted their renovated website, www.ctic.org/.


DISTRICT JOB OPENINGS ACROSS THE NATION

NACD's District Job Board premiered in October 2018 as a resource for districts and state associations to attract the most qualified applicants from across the nation for their job vacancies. Current position openings include:

  • The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is seeking candidates for an executive director. The SCC is a non-regulatory state agency that coordinates the 45 conservation districts in Washington state. The executive director would be the face of the agency, comfortable working with and uniting diverse conservation districts, stakeholders, agencies and partners. To learn more and apply, visit careers.wa.gov. Applicant review will begin Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Questions? Contact Lori Gonzalez by email at lgonzales@scc.wa.gov.

  • The Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District in Cynthiana, Ky., is hiring a full-time District Soil Technician to provide technical support services and schedule the installation and application of conservation practices. Visit Harrison County SWCD’s website to find a link to the application, job description and other information requested. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Nov. 19, 2018, at the Harrison County Conservation District. For any questions, please call 859-234-5876 or email kayleigh.evans@ky.nacdnet.net.

  • The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is seeking a conservation planner to assist in the implementation of statewide conservation planning activities and the Long Island Sound Regional Conservation Planning Partnership Program. Experienced planners who have the knowledge and demonstrated capabilities to undertake the development and implementation of conservation/nutrient management plans should apply. Planners will work with landowners and farmers to identify and document natural resource concerns impacting their lands. Read the full position description on NACD's job board; applications are due Nov. 19, 2018, to massassociationcd@gmail.com.

  • Kenton Conservation District in Independence, Ky., is seeking a full-time district manager. This position will oversee the district's daily operations and administrative secretary. Duties also include management of a large nature preserve owned by the district. View the full position description on NACD's job board. Please submit resumes to kenton@nkcd.org.

Through NACD's Job Board, job seekers can sort listings by category, key word or location. Listings will remain available for 30 days, after which time they can be extended. This resource gathers all district job openings across the nation in one convenient location, free of charge and easy to utilize.



UPPER BIG BLUE NRD, NEBRASKA

In 2017, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) in Nebraska was awarded funding from NACD and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the urban agriculture conservation grant initiative. Through this funding, the district founded Project GROW, “Growing Rotational crops On Wellfields,” a partnership between the City of York and the Upper Big Blue NRD.

GROW is a five-year project on 160 acres of the city’s wellfield property. This project is the first of its kind in the state of Nebraska and consists of three components: a soil health demonstration, pollinator habitat and community garden. The NRD’s goals are to maintain profitability while improving soil health, increasing awareness of the importance of pollinator habitat, and providing a community garden for the citizens of York.


Triticale planted and harvested during the first growing season was very successful, with the harvested seed contracted to a cover crop company for use in their mixtures. The harvest was followed with a manure application and cover crop seeding, which were grazed in mid-September and reseeded to a winter cover crop in October. The soil health accomplishments will be measured through rigorous soil and plant biomass sampling.

Soil health in the pollinator area has been enhanced through vegetation. The pollinator seed was planted this fall to encourage pollinators of every species next summer.

There were 11 participants in the community garden this first year. Each gardener brought different resources and expertise. The NRD also planted a variety of fruit bearing shrubs and trees to the site. When the plants begin producing, community groups will be allowed to harvest the produce and sell it as a fundraiser for their organizations.


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