MAY 3, 2021
CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS
Letter from ATSWCD
President Rick Schilling
containing details regarding
the 2021 Resolutions
process, how to submit
District resolutions and the
Call for Resolutions
Note to Districts: Call the ATSWCD office for a copy of the relevant sections of the bylaws that cover resolutions and quota payments to ensure you are an active member with the Association.
2022 Conservation Awards Program
Award entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2022
The 2022 Conservation Awards packet can also be found online on the TSSWCB website at: https://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/programs/public-information-and-education/texas-conservation-awards-program
"The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), as directing sponsors of the Texas Conservation Awards Program, are pleased to join the 216 Texas soil and water conservation districts in the quest for area winners during 2022.
The purpose of the Texas Conservation Awards Program is to acknowledge, recognize and honor those who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of our renewable natural resources. The conservation awards program provides competition and incentives to expand and improve conservation efforts, resource development, and increase the wise utilization of our renewable natural resources. As a result, soil and water conservation districts and both rural and urban citizens of Texas are benefited."
"HEALTHY SOILS: HEALTHY LIFE"
RESOURCES FOR THE
2022 POSTER AND ESSAY CONTESTS
AND STEWARDSHIP WEEK
NACD’s 67th Stewardship Week
will be celebrated
April 24 – May 1, 2022
with the theme
“Healthy Soil: Healthy Life"
NACD'S 2022 STEWARDSHIP WEEK MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
September 27, 2021 -- Soil is maybe not something everyone thinks about every day. However, soil is an important resource in our lives. It’s the foundation for healthy food production, clean air and water, abundant crops and forests, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. For these reasons, it is extremely important to preserve and protect soils by advocating and educating generations to come. NACD’s 2022 Stewardship and Education materials, celebrating the theme “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life,” are now available for free download through NACD's Conservation Education Hub. The development of the K-8 curriculum was made possible through the support and funding of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land and conserve the nation's soil, water, air and wildlife. These free, downloadable materials provide a great opportunity for K-8 students to learn about soil health, its benefits and the role it plays in our everyday life. Students will also gain an appreciation for the number of people and amount of work involved in food production and learn how to pursue soil scientist careers. Next year's Stewardship Week, scheduled for April 24-May 1, 2022, will highlight the importance of conserving and protecting our soil. In the coming weeks, conservation districts will be able to place orders for print-on-demand 2022 materials. Rules and other resources for the 2022 NACD Poster Contest are also available for free download on NACD's Contests webpage. To learn more, visit NACD's Stewardship Program webpage or contact email@example.com.
. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director
Monday Minutes 9/27/2021
From NACD about the importance and impact of Stewardship Week
Why Stewardship Week?
Each spring, NACD and thousands of dedicated conservationists organize a multitude of outreach events and educational learning experiences for students and adults in order to increase awareness about the importance of natural resource conservation. During Stewardship Week, local conservation districts and their state associations educate the public on the importance of soil health, water quality, pollinator habitat and other conservation topics. Different classroom activities, field visits and community events are hosted to honor and recognize efforts in conservation at the local level.
Watch for the 2022 Soil and Water Stewardship Week Proclamation and press releases.
They will be posted when available.
SOIL AND WATER STEWARDSHIP WEEK
APRIL 24 -- MAY 1, 2022
From ATSWCD Monday Minutes, January 14, 2019:
. . . The Stewardship Committee and the Association will be recognizing the Best Stewardship Week Activity at the State Meeting during the Association Business Session.
Any district participating in Stewardship Week should submit a 250-300 description of the activity along with one photo. Be sure to include the number of people reached through the activity or the community impact.
Watch for the 2021 deadline for entries, which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NACD and Soil and Water Stewardship Week
Helpful links to NACD for SWSW materials:
AN OVERVIEW OF SWSW:
FREE SWSW MATERIALS:
NACD materials, workbooks, posters, placemats, litanies and more are free of charge.
Create an account and your selection will be emailed in pdf form for you to print.
The Soil and Water Stewardship Week message
is a joint effort of ATSWCD and TSSWCB,
in partnership with these
sponsoring ag and conservation agencies
FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2021 Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest
Winners of the Texas FFA State Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest were announced at the 93rd Annual FFA Convention held July 5-9, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. ATSWCD sponsors the Stewardship Public Speaking Contest, providing scholarships to three top winners.
ATSWCD President Rick Schilling Congratulates the 2021 State Winners!
State Champion Breanna Jimenez - East Central FFA
Hailey Tucker, Second Place - Katy FFA
Avery Maas, Third Place - Magnolia FFA
FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2022 SOIL STEWARDSHIP PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
Three scholarships will be awarded by the
Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts:
will be awarded to the first place contestant
will be awarded to the second place contestant
will be awarded to the third place contestant
The contest is a partnership between the Texas FFA, the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Contact: Molly Christensen, TSSWCB
For more information:
FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Winners of the 2020 Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest
(AUSTIN, Texas) – July 6, 2020 – This week, the Texas FFA Association will hold its 92nd annual state convention virtually for the very first time since its founding in 1928. The virtual convention, themed Strive, is taking place July 8 through 10 and will provide access to the specialized event to more than 139,500 members across the state of Texas from the comfort of their homes.
Winner of the 2019 Soil Stewardship
Public Speaking Contest
Hannah Norwood, member of Warren FFA, was the winner of the 2019 FFA Leadership Development Program Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest.
She delivered her award-winning speech during the General Session at the 79th Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors held October 28-30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX.
Waiting to announce the winner of the 2019
FFA Leadership Development Program Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest at the 91st annual Texas FFA State Convention held in Fort Worth, July 15-19, 2019
Left to right: TSSWCB Information Specialist Clyde Gottschalk, contest chairman; ATSWCD Directors, J.C. Mathiews, District 5 and W.T. (Bill) Gray, District 1.