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Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Hello Districts and other friends of conservation!

We are your source of information about ATSWCD-sponsored events, 

programs, meetings, tours and training across the state.

 ATSWCD is working to represent Texas SWCDs on local, state and national levels. 

2024 CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS . . . DEADLINE AUGUST 29, 2024

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The 84th Annual Meeting of Texas SWCD Directors will be held at Loews Hotel in Arlington, TX on October 27-30, 2024.

ANNUAL MEETING OF TEXAS SWCD DIRECTORS

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the most important conservation meeting of the year in Texas.  You'll enjoy great speakers, breakout sessions and the advantage of networking with other local Conservation District Directors, SWCD employees, NRCS personnel and state staff. An extensive tradeshow, featuring numerous agencies and business sponsors, rounds out the convention.

Annual Meeting October 27-30, 2024

Loews Hotel, Arlington, TX

LOCAL WORK GROUP MEETINGS

Soil and Water Conservation Districts lead an important task of convening annual Local Work Group meetings to seek community input and develop conservation priorities for the next fiscal year.  Information from these LWG meetings is critical to the overall development of a successful conservation local work plan. 

 

LWG meetings allow for community engagement and build support for conservation programs at all levels of the conservation delivery system. 

 

LWG Meetings and Resources

LWG CPPO Grant Forms for SWCDs

Win an Annual Meeting Registration!

Submit an LWG CPPO Grant form and be entered to win!

SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOPS

 

Two-day Soil Health workshops held across the state offer an opportunity to hear from experts, interact with producers and discover new techniques for sustainability and profitability.  Learn how to improve the health and function of the soil and develop a conservation plan  for your operation.

Soil Health Workshops

Soil Health Education

ATSWCD sponsors two-day workshops across Texas, teaching soil health principles
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ANNUAL CONSERVATION AWARDS

Districts across the state identify the best local conservationists in a variety of categories, who are then entered into area contests.  These distinguished winners continue to statewide competition.  The Annual Conservation Awards Program is designed to acknowledge, recognize and honor those who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of our renewable natural resources.

Award-winning Conservationists

President's Award

FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest, open to high school FFA students interested in soil, water and related renewable natural resource conservation, strives to broaden students' interest and knowledge of conservation philosophy and management practices, as well as how humanity depends on the health and sustainability of renewable natural resources.  After advancing through district and area levels, the top three state winners are awarded scholarships. 

Current State Winners

Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest Info Packet

ATSWCD sponsors the Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest for high school FFA students
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Drought conditions hit Fayette County early this season | KVUE

Drought conditions hit Fayette County early this season | KVUE

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IN THE NEWS

 

ATSWCD Past President Rick Schilling was interviewed by KVUE about the severe drought and its impact on ranchers:  watch his video interview.

 

In a written news article, Schilling also notes the lessons he learned from the 2011 drought and talks about the conservation changes he made on his ranch to help prepare him for a better outcome during this drought. 

Rick Schilling Video and Interview

2023 Texas Conservation Award Winners

2024 STATE CONSERVATION AWARD WINNERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2024 STATE AWARD WINNERS!

Conservation Farmer
Roy Book
Tom Green SWCD #248

Outstanding SWCD

Nolan County SWCD #245

Conservation Rancher
Collier Farms
Wise SWCD #548

Conservation Teacher
Jessica Reeves
Kerr County #217

Wildlife Conservationist
Kevin Tauzin
Medina Valley SWCD #226

Friend of Conservation
David Cowan
Collin County SWCD #535

Junior Essay
Sydney Pletcher
Jackson SWCD #336

Senior Essay
Jayden Gonzales
San Patricio SWCD #324

Poster K-2nd Grade
Elizabeth Gillem
Lamar SWCD #415

Poster 3rd-6th Grade
Sophia Alaniz
Zapata SWCD #335

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Complete Listing of all Area Winners:
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REGIONAL SWCD MEETINGS

AND AREA BANQUETS

Regional SWCD associations meet   to discuss important issues in their area, as well as broader statewide SWCD and resource concerns.  Informative conservation tours are included in their sessions.

SWCDs in Texas are divided into five Area zones.  An annual banquet for leadership elections and to honor award winners is held in each Area in May.

Regional and Area Meetings/Banquets

ATSWCD provides information and forms for grants and resources to Texas SWCDs

MEMBER RESOURCES

Information and forms for grants and resources are provided for Districts.  The Local Work Groups Guidebook, annual quota statements  and other info specifically directed toward Texas SWCDs are available.

Member Resources-District Grants

The ATSWCD-sponsored SWCD Directors and Employees Workshop provides training to District Directors and their staff. 

 

SWCD Directors and Employees  Workshop 

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STUDENT POSTER AND ESSAY CONTESTS

The popular annual conservation poster and essay contests provide a themed curriculum for teachers, while giving students an opportunity to showcase their creative skills and talents.  Students compete on local, regional and state levels.  

 

Poster and Essay Contest Themes and Guidelines

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Calendar of Events

2024 Events at a Glance

June 2024

June 20 ________________________________________________________________________
Gulf Coast Association Meeting, Weimar, TX
Info Letter with RSVP Details and Agenda

August 2024

August 29 ______________________________________________________________________
Deadline date:  Call for Resolutions
 

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The Association of Texas SWCDS and Texas Districts celebrate Soil and Water Stewardship Week

SOIL AND WATER

STEWARDSHIP WEEK

In conjunction with national and international celebrations, Districts observe Soil and Water Stewardship Week, educating the public on a range of conservation topics.   

Soil and Water Stewardship Week Resources

The Land Stewardship and Outdoor Education Workshop

WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS

AND STUDENTS

Land stewardship and natural resource training workshops offer field trips, demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences for educators and youth on a variety of conservation topics and issues.   

Land Stewardship and Outdoor Education Workshop

TSSRM Youth Range Workshop

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