2020 Conservation Awards
Poster Contest and Stewardship Week Theme
Read the NACD theme announcement info:
May 20, 2019 --The NACD Stewardship and Education Committee announced the release of the 2020 Poster Contest and Stewardship Week theme: “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?” Pollinators form the foundations of a healthy and sustainable future for food and the environment, but in recent years, they have shown concerning signs of decline. It’s important that we work to help them prosper by enhancing native pollinator habitats and protecting against pollinator declines.
. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director
Monday Minutes 5/20/2019
SOIL AND WATER STEWARDSHIP WEEK
2020 Dates TBA
NEW IN 2020!
From ATSWCD Monday Minutes, January 14, 2019:
. . . The Stewardship Committee and the Association will be recognizing the best Stewardship Week Activity at the 2019 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.
Entries are due by May 10, 2019 and can be emailed to email@example.com.
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
March 25, 2019 -- NACD LAUNCHES STEWARDSHIP WEEK WEBSITE
Mark your calendars:
NACD's Stewardship Week
begins on Sunday, Apr. 28. NACD’s 64th Stewardship Week will celebrate the theme “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper".
Stewardship Week gives conservation districts the opportunity to extend the reach of their education programs and educate future leaders on the significance of natural resource conservation. If your district is making plans for Stewardship Week, visit NACD’s new Stewardship Week webpage,
stocked with resources and materials to help you host a successful event. There you’ll find a toolkit to help organize an exciting week of activities as well as templates for public service announcements, news releases, a proclamation and more.
Don’t forget to submit a summary of your activities for Stewardship Week to the Association. The Association will recognize the district with the outstanding 2019 Stewardship Week activity at the 2019 State Meeting.
. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director
Monday Minutes, 3/25/19
FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest
Watch for 2020 Contest Info Packet and Deadlines TBA
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.
Event Chairman: Clyde Gottschalk, TSSWCB
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.
Excerpts from the award presentation to Kylar Pepper,
2018 Texas FFA Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest winner:
As a freshman, Kylar Pepper was named the 2018 Texas FFA Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest state champion. The 15-year-old son of Kevin and Michelle Pepper, along with his older sister, younger brother, and parents, lives and works on a cotton farm in the West Texas community of Patricia. He is a sophomore at Klondike High School and participates in football, basketball, track, National Junior Honor Society, and student council. Kylar is heavily involved in the FFA and serves as chapter treasurer. He was president of the 2017 Texas FFA state runner-up Greenhand Chapter Conducting Team and competed on the Homesite Evaluation Team, placing ninth at the state level. He has enjoyed showing pigs for the past seven years.
When he’s not participating in school-related activities, Kylar spends time with his youth group where he helps with Vacation Bible School and various other service-related projects. After graduation, Kylar plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in landscape architecture.