The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, TX, where NACD South Central Conference attendees toured the lake in glass-bottomed boats, seeing the famous artesian springs. (The Meadows Center website photo)



Pictures, left, from top:
Jule Richmond, center, Texas NACD Board Member, with Tim Palmer, newly elected NACD First Vice President and Kim LaFleur newly elected NACD Secretary/Treasurer.

Volney Hough, ATSWCD President, receives the Top 10 Award from NACD President Lee McDaniel. 

Jule Richmond, Texas NACD Board member, at the NACD Board meeting in Denver.  He had the opportunity to represent Texas on many important issues at the meeting. 



ATSWCD President Volney Hough (left), accepts the Top Ten Award for Texas membership contributions from NACD President Brent Van Dyke at the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.


Resolution To Do Away With The Use Of DUNS and SAM Registration

Where as, a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and current registrations in the Central Contactor Registration CCRSystem for Award Management (SAM) are required for receiving payments under an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 

Where as, an EIN is also know as a Federal Tax Identification Number and is used to identify a business entity.

Where as, the entity must obtain a DUNS number to register your entity in SAM. The entity must have DUNS/SAM number to do business with the U.S. Federal Government.

Where as, individuals receiving payments do not need to obtain a DUNS/SAM registration.

Where as, all individuals receiving payment under an entity is required to register in DUNS/SAM and the entity must continue to maintain an active registration with all current information at all times. 

Therefore it be resolved; that the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts work with United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service to completely do away the DUNS/SAM registration system and go back to using the Federal Tax Identification for verifying entities in order to receive payments from the US Federal Government.

Submitted by: Willacy SWCD 349

January 28-February 1, 2017 -- ATSWCD's Jule Richmond gets a Resolution passed at  NACD's Annual Convention  regarding eliminating  DUNS and SAM Registration requirements.  Only  two weeks later, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.


September 4-6, 2018    San Marcos, TX

"The National Association of Conservaton Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards.  The association was founded on the philosophy that conservation decisions should be made voluntarily at the local level with technical and funding assistance from federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector."

Nathan Haile (far right), Soil Health Specialist for Texas NRCS, addresses tour participants at the NACD South Central Conference.


NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting will be held Feb. 2 – 6, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted in partnership with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), the 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio.

Bill Thomas is sworn in as a new member of the NACD Executive Board. He will represent the South Central Region. Congratulations to Bill.

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

ATSWCD represented Texas SWCDs at the

2017 National Association of Conservation Districts' Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

Volney Hough, president of ATSWCD, center, visits with NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan and Astor Boozer, NRCS Regional Conservationist-West.  Hough represented Texas SWCDs at the National Association of Conservation Districts' (NACD) Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO  January 28 through February 1, 2017.

NRCS Acting Chief Jordan was a speaker at NACD's Annual Meeting.  He formerly served as NRCS' Associate Chief for Conservation and has had a 37-year career with NRCS. 

Boozer returns to his Washington, D.C.  position of NRCS Regional Conservationist-West Region after a three month acting detail to the Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.  Boozer has had a 27-year career with NRCS and is a graduate of Prairie A&M University.

September 4-6, 2018 -- ATSWCD hosted the NACD South Central Regional Conference in San Marcos, TX.  Participants from around the region toured field locations where they learned about local agricultural operations from Texas NRCS specialists and other speakers. 

A highlight of the day was the final stop at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, formerly Aquarena Springs.  Glass- bottomed boats were boarded for a tour of the lake and the famous springs, which are said to be one of the largest artesian springs in the world.  

The facility is now owned by Texas State University, and the staff provided information about their research, through which they "promote sustainable management of water systems and seek to increase the understanding of complex water and natural resource topics".

The tour day concluded with dinner on the banks of the lake.

The Association of

The National Association of Conservation Districts  on The Basics of Conservation Delivery

David Basinger, ATSWCD Vice President, receives an award from NACD President Lee McDaniel for the state’s District Official Training Program.

(Photos: San Antonio River Authority)

ATSWCD president Volney Hough (standing, left) and Marty Graham, TSSWCB Director/Area II (standing, right) visit with David Basinger, TSSWCB Director/Area IV (seated, left) and Barry Mahler, TSSWCB Director/Area V (seated right) during one of the tours at the NACD South Central Regional Conference.

Association Board members had the opportunity to visit with Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau President, while at the NACD Annual Meeting.  Duvall spoke at the general session on Tuesday morning.

(Tour pictures by Molly Christensen, TSSWCB)


WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017– The National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased to support legislation introduced this week in both the Senate and House to exempt America’s conservationists from unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements.

“Farm bill and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs help American producers provide our nation with clean water and healthy soils; and yet they are made to jump through hoops to use them,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Farmers have enough to worry about taking care of their operations without having to complete arbitrary requirements that were never meant for them in the first place.”

Current law requires all incorporated business entities – including many farms, ranches, and forest operations – to register with the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) and obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to receive financial assistance from federal agencies like NRCS. Mandating that farmers and ranchers comply with these time-consuming requirements complicates conservation delivery and can discourage landowners from participating in NRCS cost-share programs.

“These are the producers trying to do the right thing by seeking out assistance to put conservation practices on the ground,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “We should be making it easier for them to do so, not piling on regulations.”

Senate Agriculture Committee members Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced their Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act (S. 364) on Monday, Feb 13. House Agriculture Committee members Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and Rick Crawford, R-Ark., introduced the House companion bill (H.R. 1163) today.

Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook
(202) 595-9139

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:


Bill Thomas    South Central Region   Richards, TX


Jule Richmond   South Central Region   Blanket, TX

Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
101 Bowie Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

The room rate is $214 per night plus tax. To reserve your room, please call 1-800-648-4462 and say you’re with NACD or the National Association of Conservation Districts. You can also make a reservation online by clicking the hotel reservation button below. The deadline to reserve rooms is Friday, January 11, 2019.


Protecting the Alamo City from Flooding

hosted by Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts has partnered with the San Antonio River Authority to provide a tour of the improvements made to both ends of the river to improve the quality of life for residents and business owners and increase the water quality, quantity and diversity of plant and animal species.

Texas Night
hosted by Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Dust off your boots and enjoy a night of dancing in the world-famous Buckhorn Saloon! Live music will be brought to you by the “Old Friends” band. Admission includes all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink for the night, as well as access to the Buckhorn Museum. Stroll on over to the Buckhorn located at 318 E. Houston and stop and take a quick picture at the Alamo on the way by!

--  TOURS   --
Protecting the Alamo City from Flooding

Texas Night

Hill Country Tour
The Meadows Center for Water and Environment
IMAX Movie “The Alamo”
Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and Fredericksburg Tour
National Museum of Pacific War Tour
Natural Bridge Caverns and Gruene, TX Tour
Missions and San Antonio Architecture Tour