Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

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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.

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. 

 Informative and successful!  

SWCD District Directors and  Clerks from across the state attended the Leadership Development Workshop held February 27 - 28,  2018 in Temple.  

    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.   

The first annual Texas Soil Health Short Course held Feb 22-23, 2017 in Wichita Falls was a huge success!  Over 250 attendees learned about soil management, strategies and methods to improve the health of soil from farmers and researchers across the country.  The short course was an educational experience that gave new insight about improving landowners' operations through increased soil function and management for greater water, nutrient and energy efficiency. 

Over 250 people attended the Soil Health Short Course in Wichita Falls in February 2017 (above pictures).  Jule Richmond, past president and current Board member of ATSWCD was interviewed by local news channel 6 (right).