Newsletter Highlights:
  • 2019 Summer Conference & BOD Meeting
  • Registration
  • 2019 Auction to Benefit Ed Centers & Envirothon
  • Hotel Information
  • AACD Membership
  • Beginning Rancher Workshop
  • USDA moves up cover crop haying and grazing on prevented planting acres
  • NACD Southwest and Pacific Summer Conference
Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
JUNE 2019 Newsletter
Photo by: Tina Thompson, Willcox - San Simon NRCD
AACD Summer Conference
July 9th-11th, 2019
2019 Auction to support
Ed Center & Envirothon

Let's raise some money for our Envirothon and Ed. Centers! We need Districts to please donate silent and live auction items. Anything from paintings, jewelry, trips, local food baskets, homemade quilts! What can your District donate from your area? Do you have vineyards in your area? Pecan producers? Jewelry makers? Painters? Potters? Quilters? Saddle Maker? Know anybody that has event tickets or operates a Bed & Breakfast? Anything and everything will be greatly appreciated! Auction will be July 10th on the second evening of our summer conference!

Please let Brooke Gladden know what item(s) your District or Ed Center might be able to donate. Get ready for a fun night to benefit our Envirothon & Ed Centers!! Bring your check books!

Phone or Text: (520) 668-3348
Hotel Information
Little America
2515 East Butler Ave
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
Phone: 800.352.4386

Make your reservation today!
 call (800) 352-4386
Electronic link to hotel
(Any room cancellations must be prior to 
July 1 st  to avoid charge)
Tuesday - July 9th
  • AACD Board of Directors Meeting
  • Keynote Speaker- Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief- Matthew Lohr
  • National Association of Conservation Districts President - Tim Palmer
  • Arizona Legislators - Honorable Gail Griffin & Timothy Dunn
  • Arizona Natural Resource Commissioner - Lisa Atkins
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist - Keisha Tatem
  • Bureau of Land Management State Director - Ray Suazo
  • USDA - Forest Service Regional Forester - Cal Joyner
  • Arizona Department of Agriculture Director - Mark Killian 
  • AZ State Historic Preservation Office Cultural Resources Compliance Manager - Mary Ellen Walsh
  • Trade Show Reception & Dinner

Wednesday - July 10th
  • AZ Assistant Attorney General - Paul Katz
  • Conservation Delivery Model - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • District Success Stories - AZ NRCD's
  • Conservation Funding Opportunities - ADWR, Reuben Teran, AGFD, Troy Christensen, ADA, Sharma Torrens
  • Coconino NRCD Off Site Tour
  • Auction - Support Education Centers & Envirothon!

Thursday - July 11th
  • National Association of Conservation Districts Western Issues Specialist - Jeff Burwell
  • Arizona NRCD Program Manager - Jackie Thomas
  • Board of Directors Meeting
Become an AACD Member!
AACD Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to any individual, company, institution, agency, or organization interested in supporting and promoting natural resource conservation efforts in Arizona. 

The Associate Membership is designed for businesses and organizations that support the conservation efforts of Arizona’s farmer and ranchers. Those who support Conservation District partnership efforts with private organizations, local governments, state, tribal and federal agencies and those who care about water conservation, healthy forests and grasslands, and wildlife habitat.

Associate Member Benefits 
An Associate Membership in AACD connects you with 42 Local Conservation Districts and Education Centers across Arizona. 

·     Conservation Leadership Level (5,000)- Trade show booth at our Summer Conference, two free registrations and opportunity for a five minute presentation, Arizona Conservation District updates, up to 3”x4”add space and or logo included on our AACD monthly newsletters, logo and contact information included on our website, recognition in our Annual Conservation Report that goes out to cooperators, federal, state, and local entities, etc. 

·     Conservation Champion Level (2,500)- One free registrations at our Summer Conference, monthly Arizona Conservation District updates, logo included in our AACD monthly newsletter, logo and contact information included on our website, recognition in our Annual Conservation Report that goes out to cooperators, federal, state, and local entities, etc. 

·     Conservation Stewardship Level (1,500)- AACD Monthly newsletter, logo and contact information included on our monthly newsletter and website, recognition in our Annual Conservation Report that goes out to cooperators, federal, state, and local entities, etc. 

Billy Thompson
(520) 384-4688

Lamar Smith
(830 719-5978

Bill Dunn
(520) 384-4688

Daric Knight
(928) 521 - 9897
USDA moves up cover crop haying and grazing on prevented planting acres
By Spencer Chase
USDA’s Risk Management Agency will permit growers who plant cover crops on prevented planting acres to access that forage two months earlier than previously allowed.

In an announcement today, RMA confirmed Agri-Pulse’s previous report that haying and grazing on those acres will be allowed on Sept. 1, not Nov. 1 as was previously established. The agency cited unforeseen weather challenges in granting what USDA was clear to note is a one-year change.

“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s undersecretary for farm production and conservation. 

The move comes after bipartisan calls from Capitol Hill and a push from farm groups to extend the relief. Midwest lawmakers said producers needed the extra feed the cover crops would provide after taking big reductions to their planted acres for other crops. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and a handful of other senators asked USDA to move the date just last week.

In a statement, Thune said the previous Nov. 1 date is “arbitrary, and it sets an inequitable standard that puts some states at a greater advantage than others based simply on their geographical location.”

House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said “the changes announced today by USDA will go a long way toward providing farmers and livestock producers with options to address the forage situation in many parts of the country.”

House Ag Committee freshman Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that would codify USDA's ability to make this change. Earlier this week, Craig told Agri-Pulse that they planned to pursue the legislation even if USDA were to make the change administratively.

USDA also announced a few other changes: RMA will also allow chopping for silage, haylage, and baleage under prevented planting provisions; USDA’s Farm Service Agency is extending prevented planting reporting deadlines; and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is holding a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program signup to give cost-share assistance for planting cover crops “on impacted lands.”
D ear Conservation Leader,
We're less than eight weeks away from summer meeting! The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) invites you to register and reserve hotel rooms for this year's annual Summer Conservation Forum and Tour , held in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 2-6, 2019 in conjunction with the NACD Southwest and Pacific Regions Meeting.

Santa Fe is home to exquisite landscapes and sunsets, exhibits a vast range of natural resources and mitigation strategies like acequias, and is home to historically and culturally significant sites that have resonated throughout centuries. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to visit The City Different! The deadline to register and reserve your hotel room is only one month away – secure your seat and your room by Friday, July 12.

The meeting will be held in the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown Santa Fe; however, rooms are filling up fast! An overflow room block is available at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza. Both hotels’ room rate is $209 per night.

For the Drury Plaza Hotel, make a reservation online or by calling toll-free 1-800-378-7946, using the group number 2342053. For the Hilton Santa Fe, book your room by calling (505) 988-2811 and refer to the “National Association of Conservation Districts” or “NACD” group block.

The meeting will feature three conservation-themed tours on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: A Journey Through Time Tour; Home of the Coelophysis Tour; and Taos Historical/Cultural Tour. You can learn more about the three tours on NACD’s summer meeting webpage and select your preferred tour when you register. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s schedule and tour selections .

Register online for this year’s summer meeting – Simply log in to your existing NACD account (Don’t remember your password or not sure if you have an account? Click “Forgot Password” and enter your email address) and complete your registration in minutes.

See you in Santa Fe!
Your NACD Team
Arizona Association
of Conservation Districts
P.O. Box 50518
Phoenix, AZ 85076
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Contact: Brooke Gladden (Phelps)
(520) 668-3348
"To support Conservation Districts in providing conservation leadership and education to address local conservation priorities in partnership with landowners, federal and state agencies, tribal & local governments and other partners"