NACD, Datu Research release case studies on the economic benefits of soil health practices

Research conducted by NACD and Datu Research has found that corn and soybean farmers who use cover crops and/or no-till can improve their bottom lines by over $100 per acre (read the full press release here).

You can read about the economic and soil health benefits of using these conservation practices in four case studies now available on NACD’s website. Each case study includes year-to-year budget data, as well as real farmer insights on why and how to use no-till and cover crops. Among other valuable takeaways, the study revealed that by using soil health practices farmers can:

  • Cut fertilizer costs by up to $50 per acre;

  • Cut erosion repair costs by up to $16 per acre; and

  • Increase yields by up to $76 per acre.

You can read more about the Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois farmers who participated in this three-year study on NACD’s website.

A team of five national organizations are working together to promote modern conservation planning

NACD is a partner in the National Conservation Planning Partnership, along with NRCS, the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), the 

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), and the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC).

Did you know that NCPP has developed a strategy that ensures conservation field staff have the right expertise, are stationed in the right locations, and have enough time to work one-on-one with our diverse customer base? Read more of this month’s Did You Know feature on NACD’s blog.

Deadline to submit NACD award nominations this Thursday

NACD Award nominations are due this Thursday, August 31. NACD’s Friend of Conservation award and the Distinguished Service award are presented during the NACD Annual Meeting’s Tuesday night awards banquet. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center January 27 to 31, 2018. Click here for more information and nomination forms.

…More award nomination deadlines are approaching as well

Field to Market’s Farmer of the Year award and Collaboration of the Year award nominations are due August 31. You can read more about the awards and submit nominations through Field to Market’s Member Portal.

Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award nominations due by August 31. The Pollinator Partnership’s agricultural pollinator conservation award recognizes the unique contributions that members of the agricultural community make to pollinators where they are needed most – supporting our food supply. To learn more about this award and to access nomination forms, click here.

Signing up to receive NACD publications is easy!

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The weekly eResource and Conservation Clip List are popular favorites that give our members and partners the top headlines in conservation news on Tuesdays and Fridays. For more comprehensive and detailed stories, check out our quarterly electronic magazine The Resource.

Do you keep up-to-date with NACD’s blog? New stories are posted several times a week. Whatever your news needs, NACD has you covered!

For your calendar: Upcoming webinar on mitigating storms

Across the country, weather events are causing short- and long-term damage. In the next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for noon to 1:00pm Eastern on September 21, we will look at what can be done at the local level to help reduce and repair the impact of storms.

Landscape architect Bruce Jacobson will share his planning and design experience working with individuals and communities on urban parks, public spaces, and private gardens in the Twin Cities metro area. Staff at the Ramsey Conservation District will also present on the district’s long-term goal to “Adapt to Climate Variabilities and Minimize Flooding.”

These free 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. To register, email NACD’s Deb Bogar at with your name, title, district or business name, and state.

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