NACD would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour in Altoona, Iowa, last week. If you’re looking for photos taken during NACD and CDI business meetings, the Monday general session, and/or Tuesday’s tours, try browsing NACD’s Flickr, the Conservation Districts of Iowa’s Flickr, or NACD’s Facebook page.

Two press releases went out during the summer meeting and are available here in NACD’s Newsroom. The second of those releases announced the 2017 urban agriculture conservation grantees.

This year, NACD’s Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative will help 19 conservation districts in 14 states implement projects that support local food production, provide opportunities for education and stewardship, and protect natural resources. Click here for a list of the 2017 grantees and a link to their project descriptions.


NACD sent out two press releases recently on funding for conservation programs. You can access both in NACD’s Newsroom, or by clicking the following links:

NACD also wrote a post on our blog that gives you the latest on what’s happening appropriations-wise for federal conservation programs: The latest on the FY18 appropriations cycle from NACD.

In other news, last night the Senate voted to confirm David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt may have several assistant secretaries joining him at the Interior Department soon, although there’s been no movement on a Bureau of Land Management director nomination.

This month’s Did You Know? is all about NACD’s new branding guidelines and logos. To better serve our district and state association members, NACD has updated its logo to the blue and white version currently featured on NACD’s website. This new and improved logo doesn’t have the color gradient or yellow hue that made printing and embroidering our past logos difficult.

Click here to read more about NACD’s new branding guidelines and to download different versions and file types of the new logo. Next month, NACD will hold a webinar on the new logos and how to use them. In the meantime, please contact Director of Communications Whitney Forman-Cook with any questions.


Three NACD region meetings will bring state conservation leaders together during the month of August to educate, strategize, and network.

The South Central region meeting in Alexandria, Louisiana, will take place August 2 to 4. Conservation leaders from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana will meet to discuss the upcoming farm bill, Louisiana’s natural resource concerns, and prescribed grazing in longleaf pine forests. Registration is on-site only at this time; a draft agenda and more information is available here.

The Southeast region meeting will take place the following week, August 6 – 9, in Greenville, South Carolina. Held in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Southeast meeting will include a partnership roundtable discussion on the variety of issues affecting the region. Registration is still open – click here to view details!

The Northeast region meeting will be held in Burlington, Vermont, August 13 – 15. Registration is open for this event, which includes a panel discussion on the regulatory and voluntary conservation roles of districts, conservation tours on stormwater projects, and a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain. Senate Agriculture Committee member and Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has been invited to speak as well.

NACD hits the road to participate in 72nd Soil and Water Conservation Society conference

NACD will be active in several sessions at the SWCS conference hosted from July 30 to August 2 in Madison, Wisconsin. Bill Berry, NACD communications specialist, will present as part of a 90-minute symposium on the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool from 3:30 to 5:00pm on Monday, July 31. Also participating in the symposium will be NACD Soil Health Champion Dan Diaz of Lena, Illinois, who will talk about the results of his recent Resource Stewardship Evaluation.

On Tuesday, August 1, an NACD/American Farmland Trust project on conservation district involvement in water quality trading will be the topic of a 1:30pm presentation, and NACD’s partnership on a soil health research project with Datu Research will be featured during a 3:30pm presentation.

Other NACD staff attending the meeting include CEO Jeremy Peters, Director of Projects and Partnerships Rich Duesterhaus, and Northern Plains Representative Laura Demmel. More information on the conference can be found on their web page.


120 enthusiastic conservationists from across the state of Florida gathered in Ocala last week to attend the 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts. The meeting kicked off with a conservation partnership roundtable discussion, highlighting current issues affecting conservation efforts across the state and how all members can work together to ensure success for all.

Throughout the meeting, the attendees identified water quantity; local, state, and federal budget cuts; and the lack of adequate funding as top concerns. NACD President Brent Van Dyke (pictured above with NRCS' mascot Sammy Soil and NRCS state conservationist for Florida, Russell Morgan) and NASCA Executive Director Mike Brown spoke to districts in attendance and advised them to pursue local conservation coalitions and nontraditional partnerships to improve their outreach. NACD's Southeast Representative Phylis Vandevere presented on parliamentary procedure, fundraising, and urban agriculture conservation.

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