The Association of

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.

                                         CONGRESS REINTRODUCES

                                 LEGISLATION TO CUT RED  TAPE

                                           FOR CONSERVATIONISTS

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:

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.

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

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.


Bill Thomas    South Central Region   Richards, TX


Jule Richmond   South Central Region   Blanket, TX

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. 




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.

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