The Jane Iseley Farm in Alamance County has recently been selected by the NC Associaiton of Soil and Water Conservation Districts as the 2013 Outstanding Conservation Farm Family. The competitive program starts with the selection of an outstanding farmer by the local soil and water conservation district. After competing at the area and regional levels, the farms selected to represent the mountain, piedmont, and coastal plain regions of the state are judged by a panel of five judges to select a state Outstanding Conservation Farm Family. For information about the Iseley Farm visit www.iseleyfarms.com. An on-farm celebration will be held in the fall of 2013.
The Association’s Legislative Breakfast will be held in the NC Legislative Building Cafeteria on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
All district supervisors are asked to take the following actions: (1) Hold the date of March 7, 2013 open on their calendar; (2) Attend the breakfast if at all possible; (3) When notified that the invitations have gone out to all legislators, call their representative and senator and encourage their participation in the breakfast.
A fund raising raffle was conducted in association with the annual meeting of the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts which was held January 6-8, 2013 at the Sheraton Imperial RTP, Durham, NC. The drawing was conducted during the Tuesday night banquet and winners are as follows:
$100 Winners: Teresa Hice, Wake County; Richard Hoyle, Nash County; Don Lee Perry, Nash County; Roger Eakers, Shelby, NC; Bill Davis, Tryon, NC
$300 Winner: Donald Heath, Craven County
Holland Grill: Donna Register, Columbus County
John Deere Gator: Eddie Robertson, Burlington, NC
Just a reminder – The NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts will hold its 69th Annual Meeting January 6-8, 2013 at the Sheraton Imperial just off I-40 between Raleigh and Durham. More details here.
The NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts recently recognized P&S Farms of Robeson County as the 2012 Conservation Farm Family of the Year for North Carolina. Michael “Bo” amd Missy Stone along with Bo’s parents Tommy and Bonnie Stone were recognized at an on-farm celebration that drew over 150 attendees. In addition to a plaque, they were presented a check for $1,000 made possible through funding support of the NC State Grange. A short video of the farm produced by the NC Farm Bureau is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLwP0AIY7Ks&list=UURO9yzp_k4W7DdtIrjSHRkw&feature=plcp.
The NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts will hold its 69th Annual Meeting January 6-8, 2013 at the Sheraton Imperial just off I-40 between Raleigh and Durham. On-line registration is now available at www.ncagr.gov/SWC. Access the links from the box to the right. On-line registration closes December 1 so register early!
Bill Yarborough, Haywood Conservation District Supervisor and Member of the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission, was recently recognized by the NC District Employees Association as “District Supervisor of The Year”. See related article at http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/lifestyles/story/yarborough-honored-at-statewide-meeting/900019.
The Association sponsored a Legislative Breakfast on June 14, 2012 at the Legislative Building cafeteria in Raleigh. Twenty one soil and water district supervisors from across the state networked with the 25 or so legislators in attendance. President Donald Heath talked about the importance of conservation districts and the significance of the 75th anniversary. Charles Davenport, Chair of the Legislative Committee, covered the top 6 legislative priorities of the Association: Reinstate the Area 7 Area Coordinator position; fund AgWRAP at $1,000,000 recurring; restore District matching funds to FY2010-2011 levels; restore District supervisor travel to FY2010-2011 levels; continue Clean Water Management Trust Fund appropriations as recurring; and incrementally increase CCAP funding to $2 million.
March 27, 2012 — Just prior to the regular meeting of the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission on March 21, 2012, five local soil and water conservation district supervisors were sworn in as members of the Commission. Congratulations to Vicky Porter, Cabarrus SWCD, on her new role as chair. Refer to related article at http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2012/3-12NewMembersSwornIn.htm.
Pictures of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts can be viewed as indicated below:
General Picutres by clicking here
Additional Award Pictures by clicking here