CAPACITY

We work with conservation district employees throughout the United States to increase capacity and effectiveness

Working for a better conservation delivery system


NCDEA works directly with individual conservation district employees and their state associations to improve the capacity of front-line conservation professionals to deliver quality conservation help in their communities

NCDEA board working with New Hampshire conservation districts

NCDEA board working with New Hampshire conservation districts, June 2018



WORKING WITH GROUPS

Presenting to, and participating with, many groups



Please also see our Partnership page to learn more about the groups we work with.


2018 SURVEY OF SUCCESS FACTORS

Conservation Delivery System Capacity


Recent work completed by the National Conservation District Employees Association supports what we already believe: that the conservation partnership is strong and effective throughout the nation.

Conservation district professionals play an important part in delivering conservation assistance to people in all parts of the country.

States

  • All state governors have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA Secretary.
  • All conservation delivery organizations are using the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
  • All states have conservation compliance planning underway in coordination with Risk Management Agency (RMA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs.
  • All states are using conservation program funds from the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill.
  • Many states are providing additional cost-share funding for farm, ranch, and community customers.
  • The Local Work Group process is well established and functioning in most states.
  • Most states have state conservation agency regulations and policies to guide operations within their state.
  • Almost all state associations of conservation districts have current bylaws to guide their operations and governance.
  • Many state conservation delivery partnerships are sharing technical training.

Associations

  • Many conservation districts and state associations have contribution agreements to carry out technical assistance and other functions.
  • Almost all state associations of conservation districts have current bylaws to guide their operations and governance.
  • More than half of state associations of conservation districts have at least a part-time employee.

Conservation districts

  • All conservation delivery organizations are using the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
  • All conservation districts have an MOU with their respective NRCS State Conservationist.
  • Many conservation districts and state associations have contribution agreements to carry out technical assistance and other functions.
  • Most conservation districts are providing staffing at customer service locations along with NRCS personnel.
  • At least one-half of the conservation districts and their employees are using and sharing USDA information technology systems.
  • Conservation districts in almost all states have numerous private sector partners.

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NCDEA President Rhonda Kelsch participated this morning on a Partner Panel with leadership from the National Conservation Partnership organizations of National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of RC&D Councils, USDA-NRCS, and the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), at the 2019 NASCA / National Watershed Coalition's Conservation Conference in Lexington, KY. #CDEmployeesAtWork ...

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So many of you are deserving of this national recognition! We hope that you'll submit a nomination!Every year, the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) recognizes a producer and conservation planner for their commitment to conservation with the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence. These awards are presented during the National Association of Conservation Districts’ (NACD) Appreciation Banquet at the NACD Annual Meeting.

Nominations for the 2019 awards are due tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 1. Please visit NACD's website to learn more about the awards and how to apply.
www.nacdnet.org/membership-resources/nacd-awards/
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