​SWCD District Directors and  Clerks from across the state attended the

2018 Leadership Development Workshop 

held February 27 - 28,  2018 in Temple.  

2019 SWCD Educator Workshop            June 16-19, 2019

Scholarships may be available through your local SWCD

Highlights of Conservation District Day at the Texas State Capitol

​March 21, 2019

March 25, 2019 -- ​Last week more than 75 Conservation District Directors from across Texas gathered in Austin to discuss key legislative issues with the Texas Legislature.  Chairman Drew Springer addressed the group at breakfast before the group headed to the Capitol.  Specifically, district officials asked members of the Texas legislature to support bills that restores funding for the Water Enhancement Program, and Water Quality Plan Grant, and funding for the Watershed program to address the backlog of maintenance and repairs. District Directors serve as a resource to policy makers year-round on agriculture, water, natural resources and property rights, just to name a few. Thank you to all directors who took time from their busy schedules to make the trip to Austin.​

​. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director

​Monday Minutes 3/25/19

   Brent Van Dyke, president of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), related the most current information from Washington, D.C., including NACD's active role in the 2018 Farm Bill, USDA reorganization and developing partnerships.

    Van Dyke is a life-long resident of New Mexico, operating irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay farms in Lea County, NM and cotton farms in Plains, TX, as well as a commercial registered cattle operation in southeastern NM.  

    The keynote speaker of the 2018 District Directors' Leadership Development Workshop has served on his local SWCD Board and was NACD's Southwest Region representative before being elected as president of NACD.   

    Van Dyke served 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.  His local, national and international ag and conservation experiences uniquely qualify him as president of the national organization.   

FIND YOUR TEXAS STATE SENATOR:
https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

​ATSWCD president Volney Hough (right) and fellow Board member JC Mathiews (left) presented Drew Springer, Chairman of the  House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, with an award recognizing and thanking him for his support for Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Texas.​

FIND YOUR TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE

AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
https://house.texas.gov/resources/frequently-asked-questions/#who_rep

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Conservation District Day at the Texas Capitol - March 21, 2019
2019 Leadership Development Workshop - February 20-21, 2019          TSSRM Youth Range Workshop - June 23-28, 2019
                                                                                   SWCD Educator Workshop - June 16-19, 2019 

For more information about TSSRM's

Youth Range Workshop,

eligibility requirements and application: 

tinyurl.com/2019youthrangeworkshop

Or contact Jenny Pluhar at 806-679-8729


Scholarships may be available through your local SWCD


Parliamentary procedure is a popular segment of the workshop, using humor in a mock District Directors' Board Meeting, as Directors and Clerks learn the right and wrong ways to conduct business. 

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

At the 2018 Leadership Development Workshop in Temple.  Left to right:  Volney Hough, ATSWCD president; Brent Van Dyke, NACD president; Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director;  Bob Brockman, TCAWS chairman.

Kendria Ray, TSSWCB Area II Representative presents

"Things to Be Aware of and Things to Beware of".

The workshop wrapped up with lunch at the TSSWCB and ATSWCD offices.  Left to right:  Clyde Gottschalk, TSSWCB Program Specialist in the State Office; Volney Hough, ATSWCD president; Rex Isom, TSSWCB Executive Director.

ALL TEXAS SENATORS – CLICK ON FOR BIOS AND CONTACT INFO:
https://senate.texas.gov/members.php

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

The Association of

2019 Leadership Development Workshop Highlights

​February 20-21, 2019   Temple, TX